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Demara B. Bennett, Psy.D.,licensed clinical psychologist, established her practice, Florida Psychological Specialists, LLC, in her hometown of Satellite Beach.  She has extensive experience providing psychological and neuropsychological evaluation across the lifespan and specializes in the assessment and differential diagnosis of children from infancy through adolescence.  She returned to the area in 2007 after maintaining a busy practice for many years as a child psychologist with a behavioral health clinic in northern Wisconsin and providing psychological services for Florida State University's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and FIRST WORDS Project.  She is an Assistant Professor with Florida Institute of Technology's School of Psychology and at the Scott Center for Autism Treatment where she is the Director of the Family Learning Program, Clinical Supervisor of the Advanced Child Assessment Team and teaches graduate clinical courses and undergraduate courses in child advocacy.

Dr. Bennett earned her doctorate in psychology, clinical specialization, from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, in 1994 and has practiced as a licensed psychologist for over eighteen years. Professional interests include child and family psychology with specialization in differential diagnosis of pediatric mental health concerns and pediatric neuropsychology; child advocacy and treatment of trauma. She has ongoing experience providing clinical supervision and consultation within multidisciplinary teams for community agencies.
Education and Training 

Florida Institute of Technology
Doctor of Psychology
Clinical Specialization 

Postdoctoral Training in Pediatric Neuropsychological Evaluation

Clinical and Research Training 
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) 

Licensure 

Licensed Psychologist 
Florida - #PY 7342


Professional Interests and Memberships 

Professional interests include psychological, neuropsychological, and developmental evaluation with specialization in evaluation of children from infancy through adolescence and treatment and promotion of wellness through individual and family psychotherapy. Dr. Bennett has extensive experience providing diagnostic clarification and treatment of complicated developmental, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral concerns.  Areas of professional interest also include child advocacy including treating children and families within the Dependency system, and treatment of trauma.

Member - American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children    
              (APSAC)      

Treasurer - Florida Psychological Association, Brevard/Indian River                          Chapter

Hobbies 

Dr. Bennett enjoys spending time with her family and friends, horseback riding, kayaking, boating, swimming, snorkeling, biking, downhill skiing, hiking, reading, and watching her children play sports.
Dr. Mari Bennett
Licensed Psychologist a
drmari@flpsychspecialists.com