Hanna Perkins appoints Kimberly Bell, Ph.D. to position of clinical director

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Position connected with endowed Hadden Chair at CWRU School of Medicine

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Karen Baer, CEO

Jan. 7, 2016

SHAKER HEIGHTS – Kimberly Bell, Ph.D., has been named clinical director at the Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development. Her responsibilities include day-to-day oversight of the Hadden Clinic for Children & Families, which provides evaluation, assessment and treatment services including psychotherapy and developmental guidance for children and adolescents.

Her position is accompanied by appointment to the John A. Hadden, Jr., M.D. Professorshipbell_kimberly in Psychoanalytic Child Development at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. There, she will be responsible to develop courses, internships and supervisory experiences for medical students and other CWRU students to broaden the profile of child psychoanalysis in the medical school and university.

Bell is a licensed clinical psychologist treating children, adolescents, adults and families. In addition to maintaining a private practice, she has served as a management psychologist, providing such services as pre-employment assessments and leadership coaching.

She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and both her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at the University of Detroit-Mercy.

She was certified in child psychoanalysis through training at Hanna Perkins Center, where she also served from 2007-2010 as director of intern training and co-director of the Hadden Clinic. She has taught at John Carroll University and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and has presented on child and adolescent development throughout the Cleveland area.

“I’m excited to be back at Hanna Perkins,” Bell said. “The mindful, methodical work that goes on here is invaluable to the people who need it. The early intervention we provide addresses the needs of children and their parents during the first 2000 days of life and beyond. As neurological research supports the vital role this time period plays in lifelong mental health, we are looking forward to once again adding our voice to the conversation.”

Bell said her priorities include continued evolution of the clinic to meet the changing demands of the families we serve and building partnerships with other healthcare organizations to assure the Hadden Clinic’s capabilities are clearly communicated and readily available to those who need them.

“The landscape for health care in general – and mental health in particular – has changed tremendously in the past five years,” Bell said. “Our job is to address the realities of the marketplace while continuing to serve children and families – especially young children, elementary and preschool – who need significant help through parent guidance or direct psychotherapy; and of course to continue our tradition of making this help available to underserved populations.”

Bell started in both roles – at Hanna Perkins and CWRU – late last year.

Karen Baer, CEO of Hanna Perkins, said, “This is really two jobs – a clinical director and a medical school professor. Finding the right person to fill it was always going to be a challenge. In Kim, we found the right combination of training, skills, experience and interests. The fact that she was trained here and already knows this agency so well was a bonus. We’re excited to have her back with us, and I’m looking forward to working with her.”

“Dr. Kim Bell’s training at Hanna Perkins and wide experience in the community makes her ideal for the role of Hanna Perkins’ clinical director and holder of the Hadden Chair at CWRU’s medical school,” said Elaine G. Hadden. Both the Hadden Clinic and the Hadden Chair are named in memory of her late husband John A. Hadden Jr., a psychoanalyst who had a long involvement with Hanna Perkins and CWRU.

About Hanna Perkins
Founded in 1951, The Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development promotes healthy emotional development in children by providing services to families, professionals and organizations.

Hanna Perkins is located in the historic renovation of the former Malvern School in Shaker Heights. Services include:

  • Hanna Perkins School: Preschool, state-chartered kindergarten and parent/toddler classes, all focused on emotional intelligence – the ability to understand and manage feelings – which is regarded as a building block for other success skills.
  • Parenting resources: Classes and consultation on child development and behavior.
    Hadden Clinic for Children & Families: Assessment, treatment and developmental guidance for children and adolescents.
  • Education for professionals: State-approved training for teachers, child care providers, social workers and others who regularly work with children.
  • Training for organizations and agencies: Customized staff training for early learning centers and other organization.
  • Child and adolescent psychoanalytic training: An intensive program that prepares professionals to provide psychoanalytic therapy to children and adolescents, and to work closely with children’s parents.


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