Clinical Psychologist

    Cherise Northcutt, PhD

    Cherise Northcutt, PhD is a clinical psychologist specializing in working with young children, birth to five, and children and their families who have experienced significant struggles and vulnerabilities. She is a mentor with Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics and a certified trainer in Touchpoints, Trauma Informed Systems, Ages and Stages Developmental and Social-Emotional Assessment, and Zero to Three’s Growing Brain Curriculum. She has several publications on the Diagnostic Criteria for Young Children and developed the diagnostic guidelines for the DC: 0-3 and DC: 0-3R. She has served as a health psychologist at a major medical center, trained doctoral and masters level clinicians, provided clinical consultation to Sacramento County’s mental health birth to five programs and was the director for mental health programs at a children’s hospital.



    Meaning Behind Behavior
    by: Cherise Northcutt, Ph.D.

    All behavior has meaning.  How behaviors get expressed is influence by several key factors – development, temperament, and environment – that shape how children process and react to their experiences.  Challenging behavior in child can evoke strong emotional reactions for professionals working with them. It is important to understand the meaning of the behavior and respond in a sensitive, supportive, and nurturing fashion. Participants will: understand the connection between the various areas of the brain and how these connections are expressed through behavior; understand the key factors that influence behavior; and understand the root cause of challenging behavior and effective strategies to help children with challenging behaviors. 

    • Participants will be able to identify 3 results for the latest ACES research.
    • Participants will be able to articulate 4 differences in a child’s regulatory skills across the age span.
    • Participants will be able to identify the 3 areas of the brain/systems involved when situational demands exceed resources-areas brain.
    •  Participants will be able to articulate 3 factors that influence behavior.