Melissa Dufrene, PsyD, ABPP

Melissa Dufrene, PsyD, ABPP

Co-owner and Clinic Director, Proud Member of TherapyDen
Clinical Psychologist

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, 2012, The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute, Springfield, MO

Dr. Melissa Dufrene is a licensed and Board Certified clinical psychologist. She completed a bachelor of science in psychology at Louisiana State University, where she spent time working in the student mental health clinic and developed a love for LSU football. She then earned her PsyD in clinical psychology from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in 2012. Dr. Dufrene has completed research in the areas of ADHD, obesity, and child abuse. She has trained in a wide range of facilities, including inpatient and residential hospitals, schools, community health centers, and private practices. Dr. Dufrene gained extensive training and experience in OCD-spectrum disorders during her predoctoral internship at Rogers Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin. While at Rogers, Dr. Dufrene spent significant time working at the residential OCD treatment program. These experiences have contributed to her effective use of cognitive-behavioral therapy in a manner that allows for the incorporation of cultural diversity, humor, and attention to overall wellness.

Through Rise Center for OCD and Anxiety, Dr. Dufrene endeavors to increase access to the treatment and training of OCD and anxiety disorders. She is thrilled to be working in coordination with Dr. Fitch to create programs for clients and providers that offer the most comprehensive approaches to effective assessment and treatment.

Dr. Dufrene spends most of her free time chasing her two boys, listening and dancing to music with her husband, and enjoying the food and festivities offered in and around New Orleans. She enjoys a variety of physical activities, including weight lifting and swimming. Her hobbies include scuba diving, reading, and fantasizing about beautiful places to travel to and do both of the previous two.


International OCD Foundation
American Board of Professional Psychology
Louisiana Psychological Association

3500 Canal St., Suite 103
New Orleans, LA 70119

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