Dr. Gardner began the path that eventually led to clinical psychology working as the director of a nonprofit organization in her native state of Louisiana. Working with the indigent population peaked interest and awareness of the broad reaching effects of mental illness.
Dr. Gardner completed her undergraduate training in Psychology at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. While there, she was actively engaged in a variety of research ranging from ADHD to Alzheimer’s disease. She continued research related to neurocognitive issues during her graduate training at Idaho State University where she earned her MS and then PhD in Clinical Psychology.
She completed her internship at the Central Texas VA in Waco, Texas. Postdoctoral training was completed at the Edith Nourse Rogers VA in Bedford, Massachusetts. Both internship and postdoctoral training focused on adult therapy and evaluations and issues of aging.
Particular areas of interest include neurocognitive changes that occur with aging and end-of-life issues. Dr. Gardner’s practice focuses primarily on work with adults, both therapy and evaluations. Her theoretical orientation is an integrative approach that draws heavily from Third Wave Psychotherapy, including: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as well as traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Dr. Gardner returned to Pocatello to practice due to her love of nature and the slow-paced, hometown feel of Pocatello. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family and engaging in a variety of hands-on activities including slow food, crafting, and DIY projects. She also enjoys being outdoors whenever possible, hiking, biking, and just enjoying nature.
- Education: PhD in Clinical Psychology, Idaho State University
- Clinical Post-Doctoral Training: Edith Nourse Rogers VA, Bedford, MA
- Clinical Internship Training: Central Texas VA, Waco, TX
- Specialty Training: Geropsychology, Grief