p>Robert_MerrellA Phi Beta Kappa member and summa cum laude graduate,Dr. Robert Merrell earned his undergraduate degree from Villanova University, where he was later awarded a full scholarship for an M.A. in Spanish literature. Influenced by a minor in philosophy, educational experiences in Europe and Latin America, and a passion for helping others optimize personal growth, he obtained a fellowship to study psychology at the University of Florida and earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees (APA accredited).

Dr. Merrell is committed to providing empirically supported treatments to help multiculturally diverse children and adults improve their quality of life by addressing depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, sexual identity, relationship, academic, and career-indecision concerns. He has worked in a variety of settings providing individual, couples, and family therapy, in addition to facilitating group psychotherapy focused on substance abuse, LGBTQ support, thought disorders, interpersonal skills, and parent-training for managing ADHD.

Before joining Sarkis Family Psychiatry in the summer of 2012, he completed a two year clinical residency in the University of Florida’s College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, specializing in the treatment of pediatric and adult OCD, phobias, and anxiety. A published author and certified Cogmed coach, his approach to helping individuals enhance their working memory is informed by his dissertation research examining executive functioning, anxiety, and quality of life.