About Dr. Cindy Nichols Anderson

“Go out, be you, and like yourself.”

Cindy Anderson

Cindy Nichols Anderson, Ph.D., ABPP


Board Certified, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Board of Adolescent and Child Psychology
Licensed Psychologist, Health Service Provider, State of Iowa
Masters of Science in Education, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Anderson’s Specialties

I have been a Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist  for over 25  years.

I started my work with children and families as a School Psychologist in 1993.  I returned to school to receive my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 1997, specializing in Child and Adolescent work.  After an accredited two-year Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Internship and Fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, I worked as a Child Psychologist in a hospital setting in St. Cloud, Minnesota for a number of years.

I opened Hope Springs in 2009.   I am very proud to be a small business owner, and of how Hope Springs continues to grow and flourish, offering high-quality mental health care to Coralville, Iowa City, and Eastern Iowa.  I have supervised training in the supervision of Psychologists, and have provided that service to other Psychologists at different points in my career.

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I have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful children, teens, adults, and families. I am very proud of how many of my patients go on to do well and lead happy, successful lives.

Dr. Anderson’s  Training as a Board Certified Clinical Child Psychologist

Here is a little about my training: I am a Board Certified Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist through the American Board of Professional Psychology. This means that I have achieved a high degree of specialization in working with children and families. I am one of four psychologists in the state of Iowa who holds this distinction.  I have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and completed APA Accredited internship and postdoctoral training in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology.  I also hold a Masters of Education degree in School Psychology.  I pride myself as a life-long student, and try to learn something new every day.

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Dr. Anderson’s Professional Psychological and Mental Health Organizations

I am a member of the American Board of Professional Psychology, American Board of Clinical  Child and Adolescent Psychology, American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association Child and Adolescent Division, American Psychological Association Psychologists in Private Practice Division, Children and Adolescents with Attention Deficit Disorder (Professional Membership), and the  American Autism Society.

Dr. Anderson’s Writing Services

I love to write about children, parenting, and mental health issues.  In fact, I write a blog on this website, and publish a monthly newsletter for Hope Springs Behavioral Consultants.  Also, I am a regular Twitter contributor @hopesbc.  I have had publications in the Iowa City Press Citizen (Guest Opinion column on tornadoes, talking to children about suicide, and helping families recover from witnessing violence) and the Iowa City Mom’s Blog (on childhood stomachachesback to school jitters and being the best parent we can be).  I have a long history of journal publications and presentations to professionals, schools, and parents.  Our blog was rated as one of the Top 25 Parenting Blogs by the Roots of Action Website in 2015 and 2016.

What is a Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist?

Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologists, like myself, are licensed psychologists. We have intense training in both clinical psychology and Child and Adolescent Psychology. We also have special training in how children develop. We use this training to evaluate and treat children and adolescents.

In order to be Board Certified, I have also participated in advanced training and certification regarding child and adolescent psychology through an APA Accredited Internship and Postdoctoral experience.   I also went through a rigorous examination process, both written and orally, in order to obtain this distinction.  Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologists help parents, teachers, and physicians to:

  • Understand how childhood concerns and diagnoses relate to problems seen at school, home, or with peers
  • Understand how a child learns best
  • Understand why a child may have behavior problems
  • Help a child deal with thinking or behavior problems
  • Use empirically supported methods of treatment to work with children and families, such as Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma Focused CBT, Parent Management Training, and Interpersonal Therapy
  • Help parents and teachers understand a child’s specific strengths and weaknesses
**The photos on this page were taken by Dr. Anderson.
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