Dr. Lori Rappaport received her Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California. She did a Child and Pediatric Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, where she developed the Growing Up Great! Parenting Program. Dr. Rappaport also completed a Family Medicine Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Hospital in Los Angeles. Dr. Rappaport has worked at several Children's Hospitals including Boston, Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego.
Of Special Interest
ADHD Evaluation and Treatment: Dr. Rappaport is the Co-Director and Co-Founder of the ADHD Center for Success, which is committed to providing children, adolescents and adults and their families, the most current and effective evaluation and treatment programs for Attention Disorders. Ongoing support and education, collaboration with schools, and healthcare providers is a key component of our program. Through the Center, Dr. Rappaport provides: comprehensive ADHD evaluations, follow-up testing to evaluate medication effectiveness, Individual and Family Counseling, Social Skills Training, Organizational/Academic Skills Building, Parent Education, Parent Support Groups, School Consultation, IEP and 504 Support and Assistance. Ongoing support and education, and collaboration with schools and healthcare providers is a key component of her evaluations.
Oncology, both Pediatric and Adult, has been a focus for Dr. Rappaport for many years. Dr. Rappaport worked with pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant patients at Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston, and pediatric Oncology patients at San Diego Children’s Hospital. She was a facilitator for Vital Options, a support group for young adults with cancer, for several years while living in Los Angeles. In addition, she was the Psychosocial Director for Camp Good Times, a camp for children with cancer, and was responsible for the first Bereaved Siblings weekend. In her private practice, Dr. Rappaport continues to work with children, adults, and families affected by cancer, both during treatment and post-treatment, and following a loss.
Pediatric Psychology: Dr. Rappaport has had extensive pediatric psychology training and has worked with many children and families experiencing a wide range of medical issues including cancer, arthritis, AIDS, limb deficiencies, recurrent abdominal pain and GI disorders, cardiac conditions, diabetes, transplant patients, cystic fibrosis and other pulmonary disorders, liver disease, tics and Tourette Syndrome, trichtillomania and orthopedic conditions among others. Dr. Rappaport also works with children and parents on a variety of general child issues including but not limited to: toilet training, enuresis/encopresis, behavioral issues, sleep difficulties, feeding issues, divorce, depression, OCD, anxiety (including separation anxiety, social phobia and school avoidance), learning difficulties, sibling issues, oppositional defiance disorder, and drug and alcohol use.
Grief and Loss: Dr. Rappaport works with children, adolescents and adults experiencing all types of loss. She has particular expertise working with parents and surviving siblings following the loss of a child. Dr. Rappaport provides grief education in the schools as well as to other agencies, following the death of a child, parent, teacher or other significant person. For over 17 years, Dr. Rappaport was the Child Bereavement Specialist with the Jenna Druck Center, Families Helping Families program, which supported bereaved families. Dr. Rappaport also served on their Board of Directors. In October 2014, The Jenna Druck Center became part of the Center for Compassionate Care, a program of The Elizabeth Hospice. Dr. Rappaport continues to provide services to families through the Center for Compassionate Care, and serves on their Board of Directors.
Community InvolvementDr. Rappaport has been a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of San Diego Council for more than 20 years. She represented San Diego Council as a National Delegate to the 2005 Girl Scout National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, and was a member of the Board of Directors from 2007-2013. She participated on the Healthy Girls, Healthy Lives initiative, which was committed to bringing state of the art programs and speakers to adults in our community to better assist them in helping to shape the lives of the girls they work with. She worked with a group of other professionals and staff to increase support for girls with disabilities within Girl Scouts. She also provides education for staff and leaders in a variety of areas of growth and development in girls, and supports the council when they experience a loss or trauma in the community. Dr. Rappaport is a regular presenter at the annual Leading the Way conference. In addition, Dr. Rappaport was a troop leader, seeing her first troop go from kindergarten to Ambassador Scouts to Gold Awardees to Adult Girl Scouts in 2010, and her second troop making that same transition in 2013.