Providing a professional administration that helps our students throughout the therapeutic process.
We were very fortunate that the school system was aware of New Alliance Academy. I can’t tell you how happy I am.
Parent of a New Alliance Academy student
New Alliance Academy is home to a caring group of professionals who work together throughout the therapeutic process.
Amanda Wagner, Psy.D., LPC, serves as Clinical Director of New Alliance Academy. Dr. Wagner earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Saint Elizabeth University, where she wrote her dissertation on the importance of collaborative home-school partnerships to increase the likelihood that all students are provided what they need to succeed. Dr. Wagner understands the importance of a positive school culture and climate and works to promote that within the New Alliance Academy community.
Dr. Wagner is a New Jersey Licensed Professional Counselor and certified school counselor with a master’s degree in counseling psychology that she earned from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Dr. Wagner completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in theater arts from Ramapo College.
Dr. Wagner has extensive clinical experience and has worked with children, adolescents and their families in numerous settings and at varying levels of care. Dr. Wagner is in private practice and uses an integrative ecological approach to psychotherapy. She hopes one day to expand her practice to include equine/assisted therapies and other non-traditional treatment modalities.
Dr. David Leigh began his education as a psychology major at the S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in psychology. Having thoroughly enjoyed his undergraduate experience as a psychology major, Dr. Leigh pursued a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology and Certification as a School Psychologist from Montclair State University. He went on to pursue and earn his doctorate from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) of Rutger’s University and holds a license to practice psychology in New Jersey. Dr. Leigh earned his principal’s certificate from the Foundation for Education Administration.
With 26 years of experience as a school psychologist and director of special services, Dr. Leigh has a wide range of experience in working with students who have experienced social, emotional and behavioral challenges that have substantially impacted learning. Prior to joining the New Alliance team, Dr. Leigh focused on developing tiered interventions and programs that would support students so that they were better able to access educational opportunities and maximize potential for learning. Having spent most of his career at the secondary level, he has developed extensive understanding of the issues and challenges facing teenagers who struggle to navigate their years as high school students.
In addition to working as an educator, Dr. Leigh has worked for the past two decades as a child and adolescent psychologist offering a cognitive-behavioral approach to mental health issues. Dr. Leigh works closely with parents to understand the nature of the condition that is impacting the functional behavior of the client, while establishing targeted goals that require specific, practical interventions.