Dr. Richards obtained her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2007. She is a child and adolescent psychologist specializing in the assessment of Autism and intervention with individuals with complex medical, psychological, social, and behavioral conditions related to Autism. Dr. Richards has been involved in clinical education and research on multiple topics including school violence, bullying behavior, learning, and social skills. She has extensive clinical experience providing mental health therapy services and assessment in a wide range of settings. She has served many children, adolescents, and their families with behavioral disorders in addition to major mental illness and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She also consults with and advises schools and training programs on appropriate interventions. She is currently licensed as a Psychologist, Health Service Provider, Youth Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and a Youth Sex Offender Evaluator.