BACKGROUND AND TRAINING
Dr. Weltz is a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating trauma, mood and anxiety disorders utilizing empirically supported treatments. She earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she researched the effects of childhood trauma on emotion regulation and was published in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Weltz relocated to Maryland from New York and is licensed in both states. In addition to private practice, Dr. Weltz also works as a staff psychologist at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center since 2018. Prior to her doctoral training, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Barnard College, Columbia University and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She then spent two years at Mount Sinai Hospital and Queens College CUNY as a clinical research coordinator for studies of personality and inhibitory control.
Dr. Weltz has worked with people of all ages and with a broad range of presenting issues, but developed a specialized clinical focus in treating trauma/PTSD, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, depression, anxiety and developmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder). Her clinical and assessment training has included placements at Northwell Health's (formerly, North Shore LIJ Hospital) OCD and Bipolar Centers, VA Medical Centers in Northport, NY and Lyons/East Orange, NJ, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Payne Whitney Westchester Division, FDU's Center for Psychological Services and Westchester Jewish Community Services.
Dr. Weltz received the New Jersey Psychological Association Foundation Community Service Project Award for her work with the Asperger population and was awarded the Early Career Psychologist Credentialing Scholarship by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
In her free time, Dr. Weltz enjoys cooking, listening to music, hiking and spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys dabbling in art, poetry, piano and knitting.
PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING
Weltz, S. and Wagner, K. (2019). A Primer on Military Sexual Trauma: Implementing MST Therapy Groups for Male and Female Veterans. Presentation at the Washington DC VA Military Sexual Trauma Summit: The
Conversation Continues, Washington DC.
Weltz, S.M., Armeli, S., Ford, J.D. & Tennen, H. (2016) A daily process examination of the relationship between childhood trauma and stress-reactivity. Child Abuse and Neglect, 60, 1-9.
Weltz, S., Armeli, S. & Tennen, H. (2012) Early-life trauma and affect reactivity: A daily process approach. Poster presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
Weltz, S. (2012) The COMPASS program: Manual for students transitioning out of college. Informational and Resource Manual created for Fairleigh Dickinson University's COMPASS Program for College Students with Asperger's Disorder, Teaneck, NJ.
Flory, J.D., Weltz, S., & Wein, N. (2008) Tobacco use in college students: Associations with traits measures of impulsiveness. Presentation at the CUNY Sixth Annual Neuropsychology Research Day, Queens College, Flushing, NY.