Alissa Doobay

Alissa Doobay, Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Services
Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
Clinical Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology
College of Education


Dr. Alissa Doobay is the Director of Clinical Services for the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health and a Clinical Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology. Dr. Doobay earned her and PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2010 after completing a predoctoral internship at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. She is currently a Licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider. After graduate school, Dr. Doobay spent 11 years at the UI Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development as a licensed psychologist and Supervisor of Psychological Services. In that role, she conducted comprehensive psychoeducational assessment, individual therapy, group-based social skills training, and psychoeducational consultation services to students in Iowa and across the country. Her clinical expertise is in the area of twice-exceptionality (individuals who are high ability or “gifted” and have a disability), particularly students who have autism spectrum disorder, learning disorders, ADHD, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and mood disorders.


In addition to direct clinical service, Dr. Doobay has extensive experience in providing training and clinical supervision to doctoral and postdoctoral trainees in psychology, managing the administrative responsibilities of a mental health clinic, as well as engaging in outreach to healthcare providers, teachers, and parents. She serves in a leadership role for the Iowa Psychological Association, is co-chair of the University of Iowa Autism Committee, and is involved in collaborative research projects on twice-exceptionality. Dr. Doobay is a recent recipient of the University of Iowa Outstanding Staff Award, which recognizes accomplishments and contributions that have significantly benefited or brought honor to the UI Community.