David Leigh, Psy.D.


NJ License #35SI00413200

Dr. David Leigh is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and a NJ certified school psychologist who has worked with children, adolescents and their parents for more than two decades using a cognitive behavioral approach to mental health issues.  Having graduated from the S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Dr. Leigh went on to earn a master’s degree and certification as a school psychologist from Montclair State University in 1991.  Dr. Leigh enrolled in the doctoral program in school psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology of Rutger’s University in 1993, completing that program in 1999.  


Dr. Leigh began his career as a school psychologist  in 1992, working with children and adolescents within a school setting for eight years until advancing to the position as director of special services in 2000.  He has continued to work as a director of special services in public school settings since that time, overseeing the special needs programs for students presenting with a wide range of educationally disabling conditions. Dr. Leigh has extensive knowledge of school based services as he has worked closely with child study teams, as well as other school professionals, to develop and implement individualized education (IEP) plans and Section 504 Individualized Accommodations Plans (IAP) for students. Dr. Leigh's knowledge of school based services allows him to understand the most appropriate and effective methods for attaining reasonable supports.  


Dr. Leigh joined the Center for Child & Family Development in 1999 where he has worked as a private practitioner using a cognitive behavioral approach to mental health issues impacting children and teenagers. Dr. Leigh works closely with parents to understand the nature of the condition that is impacting the functional behavior of the client, while establishing targeted goals that require specific, practical interventions.


Dr. Leigh’s experiences in private practice, and as a school psychologist and director of special services, have allowed him to develop expertise in the following areas:

  • School related challenges (ie. disorders of learning, program options)

  • Effective Parenting Techniques

  • Anxiety based disorders

  • Mood disorders

  • Behavioral disorders

  • Bullying related matters

  • ADHD

  • Adolescent Substance Abuse