About Courtney Dougherty, M.S., Psy.D.


Clinical Psychologist

License #: 35SI00611000

Dr. Courtney Dougherty received her Masters in Science degree (M.S.) in Clinical Health and Counseling Psychology and her Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). During the course of training, Dr. Dougherty accumulated treatment and assessment experience with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings, including the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania.She completed her pre-doctoral APA-Accredited internship at Intercommunity Action Inc.in Philadelphia where sheconducted comprehensive psychological assessments and individual outpatient treatment, specializing in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

To further specialize in clinical and health psychology, Dr. Dougherty completed her postdoctoral training at NRS/LifeSpan. Here, she trained under the supervision of Drs. Greco and Gashlin in conducting medical adjustment counseling, psychological assessments, and psychological pain examinations for individuals of all ages. She continues to treat and help patients recover froma wide variety of psychological and medical conditions here at NRS/Lifespan.

For her dissertation research, she examined the role of negative thinking and perfectionism on mental toughness and the relationship between mental toughness and athletic performance in collegiate student athletes.In patients with performance-based anxiety, stress-based conditions, pain, or sleep difficulties, Dr. Dougherty often utilizes CBT and biofeedback to help patients learn strategies to better manage stress, reduce pain and sleep difficulties,and to improve performance in all majors areas of life (e.g. athletics, test-taking, work, school, return from injury, etc.). Dr. Dougherty has previously worked as a sports mental performance consultant with the Ocean City Nor’easters (Men’s amateur USL League Two soccer team) and she looks to continue to build the sports mental performance program at NRS|Lifespan in the future.

Dr. Dougherty is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Stockton University where she previously graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.