2212 Pierce Street, Suite 100 Sioux City, IA 51104

Michigan State University/ Flint Area Medical Education. Consortium for Advanced Psychology Training
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN. Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, concentration in Children and Adolescents. 2005
Quincy University, Quincy, IL. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. 2000

Jessica Luitjohan, Psy.D.

Dr. Jessica Luitjohan (pronounced “Loot-Jon”) received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Indiana State University in 2005. She then completed a two-year fellowship, specializing in pediatric health psychology, through Michigan State University. She spent several years working at a children’s hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, before joining this practice. Dr. Luitjohan provides therapy to children, adolescents, and families, using interventions grounded in research findings.  Her work is behaviorally-based and family focused.  She specializes in the interaction between physical conditions, emotions, and behaviors, such as sleep disturbances, difficulties coping with physical illness, and tantrums/defiance.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Family Therapy
  • Psychological testing/evaluation of children and adolescents
  • Specialized testing for Autistic Spectrum Disorders (using the “gold standard” ADOS)
  • Sleep disturbances in children (delay tactics at bedtime, worries that interfere with falling asleep, nighttime awakenings, etc)
  • Coping with pediatric medical illness (pain management, cancer, obesity, diabetes, asthma, etc)
  • Coping with pediatric medical treatment (trouble swallowing pills, needle phobias, resistance to taking medicine as prescribed, etc)
  • Pediatric end of life issues, talking with children about death and dying
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Tantrums, disruptive children
  • Parent training in child behavior management
  • Available for Public Speaking

AFFILIATIONS

  • Division 54 of the American Psychological Association
  • National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Michigan State University/ Flint Area Medical Education. Consortium for Advanced Psychology Training.

APA Accredited Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health / Pediatric Psychology at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, MI. 2005-2007

Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN. Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, concentration in Children and Adolescents. 2005

APA Accredited Clinical Internship through Wayne State University Medical School at Hawthorn Center, a state psychiatric children’s hospital in the Detroit area, MI. 2004-2005

Quincy University, Quincy, IL. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. 2000