Prior to joining the American Center for Special Abilities (ACSA), Dr. Render worked as a Learning and Disabilities Specialist at Georgetown University in Qatar. In 2014, Dr. Render obtained her PhD degree in Human Services from Capella University in Minneapolis, USA. She earned her Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree in Psychological Science in 1995, and her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 1997, both from Ball State University (BSU) in Muncie, USA. In 1999, she received her Mental Health Counselor License from the State of Indiana, USA.
Dr. Render has over twenty years of experience working with persons with special needs. She worked as a behavioral consultant for children with disabilities for ten years in Indiana, USA. Dr. Render then relocated to Abu Dhabi in 2008, where she worked as a psychotherapist at ACPN, and gave several conference presentations on “Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)”, “How to Raise Behaviorally and Emotionally Healthy Children”, and “Culture Shock”. She then worked as a guidance counselor for GEMS (spell out) American Academy Abu Dhabi, in 2010. In 2012, she relocated to Qatar, where she became the Learning and Disabilities Specialist for Georgetown University. During this time, she also did consulting work for Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar as a learning specialist.
Dr. Render has special expertise in working with children with learning disabilities, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, anxiety, depression, and a variety of other childhood behavioral problems.