Wendy Rice, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist and Owner/Founder Rice Psychology Group
Dr. Rice is originally from New York and earned her masters and doctoral degrees in Psychology from Yeshiva University in New York City. As the owner and founder of Rice Psychology Group, she and her team offer a variety of services and have helped countless individuals and families since the practice’s establishment in 2001. After being licensed for over a decade, Dr. Rice completed a postdoctoral certificate program in clinical neuropsychology under the guidance of renowned neuropsychologist Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg to better understand and treat the connections between learning, memory, brain functioning and behavior. In addition to offering a range of consultation and therapeutic services and overseeing the practice, one of her passions is conducting both issue-specific and comprehensive psychological and psychoeducational evaluations. Dr. Rice has extensive experience identifying gifted students as well as those who may be gifted and have a co-existing learning disability (such as dyslexia), anxiety or ADHD. These children and teens are often referred to as “Twice-Exceptional” or “2e”
Kai Zhuang Shum, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Dr. Shum is a Florida Licensed Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Dr. Shum has experiences working with children/adolescents, families, and adults in various settings, including public schools, counseling centers, research, and private practice. She has worked with individuals, groups, and families with diverse profiles, including high-achieving teenagers who are burnt out, youth who identify as gender minorities, individuals with various challenges such as trauma, anxiety, depression, Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as executive functioning and attention deficit. Dr. Shum aims to help her clients achieve goals that are important and meaningful by utilizing her clients’ strengths and values. She believes in individualized assessment and therapy, tailoring each session to fit her clients’ needs. Most importantly, Dr. Shum strives to make sessions fun and engaging. She provides testing and assessments in the areas of gifted identification, learning disabilities, executive functioning, and attention deficit, and more. In terms of therapy, Dr. Shum’s specialties include: Helping students with high academic demands cope with stress and anxiety. This includes students taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes or enrolled in International Baccalaureate (IB), college students with heavy academic load, and students with perfectionism. Promoting happiness among children, adolescents, and adults using Positive Psychology Interventions such as gratitude journaling and strengths spotting. Helping children, adolescents and adults cope with emotional, behavioral, and social challenges using a combination of evidence-based approaches including Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness strategies that are relatable and easy to implement. Emotional concerns include anxiety, depression, intense fear, and more. Behavioral concerns such as being defiant/argumentative towards authoritative figures, lack of organizational skills, trouble sustaining attention, hyperactivity and more. Social concerns include difficulty in initiating and maintaining relationships, struggles to problem-solving relationship problems, and more. It is noteworthy that Dr. Shum speaks three languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Shum earned her Ph.D, Educational Specialist (Ed.S.), and Masters in Arts (MA) degrees in School Psychology from the University of South Florida based in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Shum has also presented at various local and national conferences and published several research articles.
Elaine Spencer, Psy.D.
Dr. Spencer earned her master’s degree and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver Professional School of Psychology. She specializes in treating children, adolescents, young adults and families. With a strong background in both therapy and assessment, Dr. Spencer frequently evaluates children for Academically Gifted Program (AGP) eligibility. In addition to her testing services, Dr. Spencer’s therapeutic work mostly focuses on depression, anxiety, behavioral problems and trauma. She focuses on evidence-based practices that include cognitive behavioral therapy, non-directive play-therapy and psychodynamic/family approaches.
Ashley Diehl Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist & Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Dr. Diehl is a Licensed Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist who specializes in both assessment (evaluations and testing) and therapy with children and adolescents. She is passionate about helping children receive the types of educational services that best match their individual needs and does this by offering gifted evaluations as well as comprehensive assessments for learning and neurodevelopmental challenges. In terms of therapy, Dr. Diehl specializes in positive psychology, helping children and adolescents build social-emotional learning, and in the delivery of services and supports in schools. She has experience working with individuals who have emotional, behavioral, and social difficulties, and has worked with in a variety of settings including public schools, alternative education, residential, and private practice. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Diehl relocated to Tampa and obtained her education specialist and doctorate degrees at the University of South Florida.
Anna Schrack, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist & Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Dr. Schrack is an integral member of our assessment team as she has a strong background in both assessment and school psychology. With her gentle approach and the ability to perform an array of IQ tests, Dr. Schrack works with students to help with eligibility determination for the Academically Gifted Programs in both public and private schools. She also performs comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations with children and adolescents who are struggling learning or psychological issues. In addition to her assessment services, Dr. Schrack specializes in the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with Exposure with Response Prevention (E/RP) in the treatment of Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD) and related disorders. With her experience and training within the school system, Dr. Schrack is also valuable resource for families needing help with accommodations at school. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of South Florida, Dr. Schrack earned her masters and doctoral degrees in school psychology at the University of Florida. Her training and experience have included intensive experiences in the public school and specializing in anxiety and depressive disorders with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida.