Dr. Hemmelstein received his B.A. degree and elementary school teaching credential from Sonoma State University in California. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in school psychology at The Penn State University. Dr. Hemmelstein completed his internship at Sarah Reed Children’s Center in Erie (Pennsylvania), where he continued to work as a staff psychologist for four years.
In addition to his responsibilities for the day-to-day operation of the Emotional Support Classrooms at Sarah Reed, he provided inpatient and outpatient psychotherapy, staff training and consultation. During his years in Erie, Dr. Hemmelstein also taught courses as an adjunct professor at the Behrend Campus of Penn State University to those pursuing Chemical Addiction Counseling (CAC) certification.
Between his undergraduate and graduate education, he co-founded a private elementary school (K-6) in Los Angeles where he taught kindergarten for three years and later taught as a clinical teacher of adolescents for two years at The Meadows Psychiatric Center in Centre Hall (Pennsylvania).
Dr. Hemmelstein maintains a private practice at the Child, Adult, & Family Psychological Center, in State College, PA, working with children and adolescents (from age 5 to 25), and their families to address behavioral, emotional, educational, and mental health problems, as well as family issues. He also worked with the State College Area School District for sixteen years providing school based mental health services that included counseling, consultation and evaluation.
Dr. Hemmelstein is both licensed as a psychologist and certified as a school psychologist in Pennsylvania and holds membership in the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, the Association of School Psychologist of Pennsylvania (currently the Ethics Chair on the Executive Committee) and the Central Pennsylvania Psychological Association.
Dr. Hemmelstein co-authored an article awarded the Distinguished Publication of Psychotherapy Research Award for the Best Empirical Research Article in 2010 by the Division of Psychotherapy of the American Psychological Association.
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