Emory Psychological Center

PAISEstablished in 1965, the Emory University Psychological Center is a nonprofit outpatient mental health clinic that provides low cost psychological services, both psychotherapy and psychological assessments, for the Atlanta community.  The Psychological Center is an integral part of the Department of Psychology and, specifically, the Clinical Psychology Program, which is fully accredited by both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS). The program is committed to excellence in clinical science training and using the best available evidence-based methods of assessment and treatment in the provision of clinical services.  Research studies are also conducted at the Psychological Center to support our program’s commitment to furthering the science of clinical psychology.

Continuing Education Workshops

The Psychological Center sponsors GPA-approved continuing education programs. Please check back for upcoming programs and events. 

Previous Programs
Latinx Clients: Cultural, Linguistic and Psychosocial Considerations in Psychological Services
Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescent Depression
Professional Ethics and Clinical Practice: Common Case Scenarios
Contemporary Ethical Issues for Psychologists in Clinical Practice and Research

Psychological Evaluations

We provide low-cost psychological evaluations, beginning three times per year. The process for obtaining an evaluation slot involves completing a screening form and a brief phone intake with the senior clinician. You may call the main office (404-727-7451) to find out more information. You may also complete the application form Adult Intake Form / Child Intake Form and fax (preferred method) it to the office at 404-727-1284, or mail it to: Emory Psychological Center, 36 Eagle Row, 5th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30322.  After we receive it, we will call you.

We receive more requests for testing than we have spaces for each semester. Availability of assessment services is limited by the training needs of our students, and decisions are not made on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are accepted for an evaluation, the full fee of $850* (which includes a non-refundable fee of $100) is required to reserve your spot, and must be received by our office within 1 week of your acceptance. If we do not have availability or it is determined that other resources would be more helpful to you, appropriate referrals will be provided.

*Fees are subject to change.

Clinical Staff

The clinic is staffed by advanced doctoral candidates in Emory University’s Clinical Psychology Program who work under the close supervision of Emory’s clinical faculty and associated licensed psychologists. Students accepted into Emory’s clinical program are among the best graduates from highly competitive colleges and universities throughout the country. They join the staff and begin seeing clients at the Psychological Center only after they have successfully completed strict academic requirements.


Individual, couples, family and group therapy, as well as psychological assessment, are provided for a wide range of mental health concerns and educational difficulties in children, adolescents and adults. Problems addressed range from psychological issues related to stress, anxiety, depression, grief, anger, self-esteem, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, family or marital conflict, and child emotional and behavior problems to school-related achievement concerns, learning disabilities and attention problems. 

Our clinic welcomes all individuals with respect for diversity broadly defined in terms of race, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, disability, and gender identity or other individual differences.

Current Therapy Groups:

Mindful Eating Group - Ongoing
Psychological Center (PAIS BLDG 5th floor – North Elevator)

This Mindful Eating Group is designed for women* between 17 and 35 with eating and weight concerns who are interested in learning a non-diet approach (appetite awareness training) to feel more comfortable with their eating decisions. Participants learn to re-attune to hunger and fullness signals so that eating decisions come to be based primarily on internal appetite cues rather than emotions, diet rules, “good vs. bad” foods, or thoughts about what others are eating. Discussion includes individualized problem-solving with an emphasis on developing a more mindful and compassionate approach to eating and general self-care. 

This group will meet weekly Fridays from 1 to 2 at the Psychological Center. There is no fee for Emory students. Cost is $20 per session for others.

If interested, call Dr. Craighead (404 727-7558) to schedule a screening and attend an initial session. The group is open-ended so participants may join at any time but are asked to make a commitment for a minimum of 6 sessions if they decide to join after the initial session.

*Anyone with eating / weight concerns interested in individual therapy options at the Center can please call Dr. Craighead for more information.


Therapy services are available to the community on a sliding fee scale ranging from $18 to $60 per session depending on household income and number of people in the family. Emory undergraduate students qualify for our minimum fee of $18. The fee for a comprehensive psychological evaluation is $850*. Therapy fees are paid by cash or check at the time of service; fees for evaluations are paid in advance. We are not able to accept credit cards or health insurance. If you want to use your health insurance plan, you need to check with your plan to determine if the plan will cover services provided by a trainee under supervision by a licensed psychologist. If so, upon request, we can provide the necessary documentation for you to submit claims for reimbursement to help cover the cost of our services.

*Fees are subject to change.

Scheduling Appointments

To request services please call 404-727-7451 to speak with our office manager or leave a confidential voice mail message indicating your name, the type of service you are interested in, a number(s) where we can reach you and times you are most likely to be available to talk by phone. Our Senior Clinician will call you back as soon as possible to conduct a brief screening interview to determine if our clinic’s resources can meet your needs and to answer any questions you may have. If it is mutually determined that our services are appropriate for your needs and we have availability you will be assigned a clinician who will call you directly to schedule a mutually convenient appointment. 

For therapy services your therapist will typically call to arrange your first appointment within a day or two of your call. If you do not hear within 5 days please call the Senior Clinician.  

For psychological assessment, we begin these evaluations three times a year: early September, late January and late May/early June. Requests for evaluations are accepted and screening interviews are conducted approximately 2 months in advance of those designated times. 

We are currently booked for the Summer 2017 semester. The next psychological assessments will be scheduled in early September 2017.

For information about recruitment for Fall semester evaluations (beginning in September, 2017), please read and adhere to the following:

To be considered for one of our clinician openings for an evaluation beginning in September, 2017, you must complete a written screening form. This form will be brief, and will need to be mailed or faxed (fax suggested) to us for consideration. Once we have received your screening form, we may call to conduct a follow-up interview to get some more information. Based on this, we will determine if we will be able to accept you or your child for an assessment during the Fall semester. We receive many more requests for testing than we have spaces for each semester. Availability of assessment services is limited by the training needs of our students.

The screening form will go live on this website on Monday, June 26, 2017. 

You will hear back from us, either by mail/fax or by phone, by the end of July 2017. If you are accepted for an evaluation, the full fee of $850* (which includes a non-refundable fee of $100) is required to reserve your spot, and must be received by our office within 1 week of your acceptance.

If we do not have availability or it is determined that other resources would be more helpful to you, appropriate referrals will be provided.

*Fees are subject to change.

Current Clinical Research Projects

The Emory Mental Health & Development Program conducts clinical research studies on individuals at risk for mental illness. Our focus is on adolescents and young adults who are concerned with a recent change in their thoughts, feelings, functioning and behavior. Click https://emorymentalhealth.wordpress.com/ to learn more.

Hours & Parking


The Psychological Center is open the following hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The clinic is closed for all major holidays, as well as certain academic breaks, including one to two weeks at the end of December, a week in the spring and a week at the beginning and end of the summer.

After hours or weekend emergency services are not provided.  To access mental health crisis and emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225 or the DeKalb Country Community Mental Health Center’s 24 hour crisis line at 404-892-4646.


Parking is available directly across the street from our building.  You will be given a parking validation card that will allow you to park in the visitor lot for a reduced fee of $2.  There is no charge for parking in this lot after 4:45.  You are also allowed to park, without charge, in the faculty/staff parking deck adjacent to the visitor lot after 4 and on weekends (when the gates are up).

Contact Us



Emory Psychological Center
Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies (PAIS) Building
36 Eagle Row, Suite 504
Atlanta, GA  30322
(404) 727-7451

On Campus

Above is a section of the Emory campus map. The Peavine visitor parking lot and the building (Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies or PAIS) where the Emory Psychological Center is located are marked. You may enter the building at the North Entrance (not the Child Study Center door). Take the North elevator on your left to the fifth floor and it will bring you directly to our waiting room, where you will check in at the front office.

From Further Afield

From I-85 northbound (coming from the south): Take a RIGHT at the Clairmont Road exit and go approximately 4 miles to North Decatur Road. Turn RIGHT onto North Decatur Road. Proceed for about 2 miles, cross Clifton Road. At the second light (which is an intersection), turn RIGHT onto Oxford Road (not a sharp right). Then, turn RIGHT onto Eagle Row. After the second stop sign turn LEFT into our parking area (an uncovered visitor parking lot). The entrance to our building (PAIS) is right across the street from where you turned into the parking area. If you happen to drive past the visitor parking lot on Eagle Row, you will see a large covered parking deck (Peavine Parking Deck) and you will need to turn around. From I-85 southbound (coming from the north): Exit at Clairmont Road and turn LEFT at the end of the ramp. Follow above directions.

From I-75 southbound: Take I-75 south to I-85 north. Exit at Clairmont Right and turn RIGHT. Follow above directions. From GA 400: Take GA 400 south to the Sydney Marcus Blvd exit. Turn LEFT at the end of the ramp onto Sydney Marcus. Turn LEFT onto Buford Hwy. Turn RIGHT onto Lenox Road. Turn LEFT onto Lavista Road (Note: Lavista turns into Lindbergh here if you take a RIGHT). Take a RIGHT on Briarcliff Road - there is a Starbucks and Whole Foods across the street. After you pass the QuikTrip, take a LEFT onto Clifton Road. Follow Clifton Road for several miles, through Emory's campus, and take a RIGHT on North Decatur Road. Follow above directions.

From I-20: Exit at Moreland Ave North. Moreland becomes Briarcliff Road after the intersection with Ponce de Leon Ave. Follow Briarcliff for about two miles and turn RIGHT on North Decatur Road. Cross over a number of residential streets, including Oxford Road but do NOT turn on the first Oxford Road which is residential. You will enter Emory Village with various restaurants and shops. Turn LEFT onto Oxford Road and then turn RIGHT onto Eagle Row. From Highway 78: Take 78 West to North Druid Hills Road. Turn right at the end of the ramp. Turn LEFT onto Clairmont Road. Turn RIGHT onto North Decatur Road. Proceed for about 2 miles and cross Clifton Road. Follow above directions.

Administrative Staff and Clinical Faculty


Cynthia Messina, Ph.D.


Ann Abramowitz, Ph.D.


Linda Craighead, Ph.D.


Nelson Sears


Steve Snow, Ph.D. Dana Wyner, Ph.D.


Ann Abramowitz, Ph.D Scott Lilienfeld, Ph.D.
Patricia Brennan, Ph.D. Jack McDowell, Ph.D.
W. Edward Craighead, Ph.D. Cynthia Messina, Ph.D.
Linda Craighead, Ph.D. Michael Treadway, Ph.D.
Marshall Duke, Ph.D. Irwin Waldman, Ph.D.
Eugene Emory, Ph.D. Elaine Walker, Ph.D.
Sherryl Goodman, Ph.D. Drew Westen, Ph.D.