Mental Health Care - Our Doctors
Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates is a leader in the field of individual and/or multidisciplinary, team treatment of children, adolescents and adults.
Meet our doctors
Seth E. Tabb, M.D. is the Founder and Medical Director of Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates, P.A. (FPPA). In addition to his functions as a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Dr. Tabb has embedded himself in the community in multiple professional roles. Recently, for five years, Dr. Tabb sat on the Board of Directors of Wake County Human and Environmental Services and is a past Chairman of the Wake County Human Services Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Continuum of Care Committee where he had been a member for over seven years.
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Dr. Tabb was a member of the Child Fatality and Child Protection Task Force and has worked closely with County Commissioners on committees overseeing the successful development of a county psychiatric hospital and out-patient continuum of mental health care. He has served on the Board of Directors and was a Founding Member of the Miracle League of the Triangle, a baseball program for children with disabilities who would otherwise be precluded from this wonderful sport. As well, Dr. Tabb has served as Adjunct Faculty to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill beginning in 1996 teaching medical students, residents, child psychiatry fellows as well as psychology graduate students. From 1995 to 1996, Dr. Tabb was an attending physician at Holly Hill Hospital and served as Medical Director of a separate facility, American Day Treatment Partial Hospitalization Program, from 1996 to 1997. Today, Dr. Tabb continues to see patients in his office at FPPA and participate in numerous community activities where he is a frequent invited keynote speaker.
Dr. Tabb completed his Medical Doctorate from the University of Florida where he won the Alpha-Omega-Alpha Walt Oppelt Memorial Award for excellence in Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He completed his General Psychiatry Residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was the APA/Burroughs Welcome Fellow in 1992. He completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA-NPI), where Dr. Tabb was Chief Fellow from 1994 to 1995 and won the prestigious Gertrude Rogers Greenblatt Award. While in Los Angeles, Dr. Tabb presented a Grand Rounds at the UCLA-NPI and was a covering physician at the West Los Angeles Methadone Treatment Program and at the Health Care Children’s Campus Residential Treatment Program in Van Nuys, California.
Dr. Tabb has published in the New England Journal of Medicine and The Jefferson Journal and has been on the Editorial Committee of Southern California Psychiatrist and was a past Editor of the newsletter of the Resident Physician Section of the American Medical Association (1994). Dr. Tabb enjoys a history of essays and public commentary on a range of mental health topics and is a frequent contributor to his local newspaper editorial pages. Additionally, Dr. Tabb has been a featured lecturer to colleagues and the community in such organizations and agencies as The Autism Society of North Carolina and the Wake County Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (N.A.M.I.) throughout his career with over 21 years of experience.
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Sheryll A. Daniel, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years' experience in private practice in the Triangle. She works primarily with adults and older adolescents. She believes that it is important for a clinician to have a deep and broad repertoire of therapeutic approaches, in order to find the techniques which will be most effective in helping an individual, couple or family make the changes they desire. Accordingly, she has studied, draws from and integrates mind-body, insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and solution-focused theories and techniques in her work. She is a systems thinker, and is attentive to the dynamics of relationships whether working with a family, couple or individual.
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Dr. Daniel works with individuals and families with a range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, stress management, problems at work or school, relationship issues, problems in intimacy, and difficulties with sexuality. She has a specialty interest in health psychology, and works extensively with integrative approaches to pain management and to attaining optimal adaptation to injury or illness. She utilizes knowledge from the exciting and rapidly developing field of psychoneuroimmunology to make use of the mind-body connection to potentiate healing. She also has a specialty interest in couples' therapy, and is committed to helping couples find their way to deeper understanding, trust, intimacy and joy. She enjoys work in the area of performance psychology. This work includes teaching athletes, dancers, broadcast journalists, musicians, or others who must perform at their best at a given instant the mental skills that will allow them to do so, as well as helping them explore and overcome issues of performance anxiety.
Dr. Daniel has particular expertise in clinical hypnosis. She is a Fellow, Approved Consultant, and Past President of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, as well as a Past President of the North Carolina Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and has held numerous other offices in these organizations. Presently she serves her profession nationally as a member of the Board of Trustees of the ASCH Education and Research Foundation, and as an Advisory Editor for the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis. She regularly presents national workshops in clinical hypnosis for audiences of psychologists, physicians, dentists, nurses, and other health care and mental health professionals. These include presentations on psychoneuroimmunology and integrative mind-body approaches to healing; couples' therapy; and general education in clinical hypnosis. Additionally, she provides consultation services for colleagues, and consultation leading to certification in clinical hypnosis.
Dr. Daniel believes that patients are often best served through a collaborative approach. When she is working with an individual with a health concern, this means that she will consult with the other members of the patient's treatment team, in order that the whole person is best understood and treated. When working with couples' and family issues, this may mean consultation with the professionals involved with each spouse individually or with other family members, so that the systems issues as well as each individual's dynamics and goals can be understood and addressed. Her deep belief in collaboration and systems thinking was one important reason for her decision to join FPPA.
Dr. Daniel obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Williams College, with majors in physics and psychology. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi (the national science honor society), and graduated with Highest Honors in Psychology. She obtained her Master's and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Psychology from Duke University, completing the program in clinical psychology with a graduate minor in developmental psychology. At Duke, she was a James B. Duke Fellow.
Dr. Daniel has been in private practice since 1987. Her practicum, predoctoral, and internship experience included training over five years at John Umstead Hospital in Butner, NC, where she worked on various units serving children, adolescents and adults. She also worked for one year at Family Counseling Service in Durham, NC.
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Amanda S. Dorn, M.D. has clinical expertise in evaluating the entire range of psychiatrically ill patients and in psychiatric treatment using the fundamental modalities of therapy, including pharmacology (medications), psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and multi-specialty treatment team collaborative approaches. She spent an entire year of her training exclusively specializing in mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder, etc.), eating disorders, substance abuse and dependence, neuropsychiatric illnesses, geropsychiatric illnesses and chronic pain.
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Prior to coming to FPPA in the summer of 2011, Dr. Dorn was on faculty for two years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Psychiatry. As an Assistant Professor in the UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders, she established University Mental Health Specialists at Rex, the Department's private practice located in Raleigh. She also served the women of the Triangle as one of the area's few peri-natal psychiatrists. She supervised resident psychiatrists and medical students in the Residents' Women's Mood Disorders Clinic at UNC, teaching future clinicians how to treat hormonally-related mood and anxiety disorders.
Dr. Dorn completed her residency in General Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. For the past twenty years, Johns Hopkins has been named by U.S. News & World Report America's #1 Hospital. The Psychiatry Department has long been ranked within the top three in the country.
Dr. Dorn completed an advanced elective in women's mood disorders, working with world-renown perinatal psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Payne, co-director of The Johns Hopkins Women's Mood Disorders Center. Dr. Dorn evaluated and treated women suffering from mood disorders, with a special emphasis on hormonally-triggered mood disorders, in both clinical research and consultation settings. She completed an advanced elective in sexual behaviors, working in The Johns Hopkins Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit, evaluating and treating individuals and couples with intimate relationship problems and psychosexual disorders. Dr. Dorn completed an advanced elective in obsessive compulsive disorder, assisting in the evaluation and treatment of outpatients with OCD.
Dr. Dorn obtained her Medical Doctorate from The University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona. During her medical training, she was elected to serve on the College of Medicine's Admissions Committee for two consecutive years. She dedicated herself to psychiatry and served as a Medical Student Support Group Co-Facilitator. She attended the Betty Ford Summer Institute for Medical Students at The Betty Ford Center at Eisenhower in Rancho Mirage, California and learned about addiction psychiatry.
Prior to medical school, Dr. Dorn received her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology from Emory University. During her undergraduate career, she conducted independent research at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working toward the development of a potential malaria vaccine.
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Jennifer D. Siddle, M.D. is a board certified Child, Adolescent & Adult Psychiatrist Psychiatrist who has worked as a physician in the Triangle for almost 10 years, joining FPPA in 2012. Dr. Siddle's warmth and compassion is well known in the Triangle community. Dr. Siddle forms strong bonds with children and adults to help the individuals to work on their presenting problem. She enjoys structuring and participating in multidisciplinary interventions through working closely with therapists and other health care providers, in addition to collaborating with schoolteachers, tutors, and family to provide the best possible care for her patients. Dr. Siddle provides comprehensive diagnostic assessments, medication consultation and management, and individual psychotherapy. Her clinical areas of interest include, but are not limited to, Anxiety Disorders (including OCD), Mood Disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Eating Disorders, and academic issues.
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Dr. Siddle is a native North Carolinian. She completed her general psychiatry and child and adolescent subspecialty training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she also received her Doctorate of Medicine. Dr. Siddle received her Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University, and despite her extensive education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she remains a Duke Blue Devil at heart. Dr. Siddle enjoys spending her free time with her husband and young children. close full bio
Dr. Daniel Sheras is a licensed psychologist, providing psychological treatment (psychotherapy) and assessment to children, teens and adults. He draws upon a Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), interpersonal, solution-focused approach to treatment, and frequently collaborates with parents, teachers, psychiatrists, and primary care physicians in his work with individuals. In addition to individual, marital, and group psychotherapy, Dr. Sheras provides parent training and family therapy to facilitate sustainable progress as well. He uses a variety of strategies for actively engaging individuals in treatment and works to build trust, increase understanding of their symptoms and to identify goals and reasonable steps for meeting those goals.
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These strategies are aimed at helping individuals feel comfortable with therapy and empowered to make and sustain life-long positive changes in their lives. He integrates knowledge of evidence-based treatment with the unique and specific needs, contexts and presenting issues of an individual when determining treatment strategies. Trained in the full spectrum of mental health disorders, Dr. Sheras specializes in evaluating and treating anxiety, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, ADD/ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), post-partum depression and anxiety, parent-child attachment issues, sleep problems, conduct/anger issues, relationship issues, family dynamics issues, and adjustments to major life transitions. He also offers a counseling/coaching model for addressing ADD/ADHD in teens and adults, teaching organizational and time-management skills while also addressing any additional difficulties with anxiety, stress and negative self-concept. While Dr. Sheras has experience in working with all age groups and with a wide variety of mental health disorders, he has a special interest in treating adolescents and young adults as they navigate the major life transitions that accompany those stages of life.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder, Dr. Sheras earned his Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky where his emphasis was in the area of children, adolescents, and families. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the St. John's Child and Family Development Center at St. Johns Health Center in Santa Monica, California where he provided clinical services to children, adolescents and young adults in both school and hospital-based outpatient clinic settings. As part of his graduate and internship training, Dr. Sheras provided psychological services comprised of psychological assessment, individual, family, and group psychotherapy in a variety of settings, including a high school resource center, college counseling center, youth residential treatment center, therapeutic group home and hospital-based community mental health center. He has received specialized training and certification in evidenced-based models of treatment including Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for treating depressed adolescents, Trauma-Focused CBT for treating trauma in children and Seeking Safety. In addition, Dr. Sheras has worked as a clinical coordinator at a therapeutic foster care agency, REACH of Louisville, where he provided in-home therapy, family support and behavioral consultation to foster children and their foster families. He also worked as a Unit Supervisor and direct care staff at a residential mental-health treatment center in Colorado, Devereux Cleo Wallace, prior to entering graduate school. Dr. Sheras has been practicing psychology in private practice in the Triangle since 2011.
Dr. Sheras is a member of and has been actively involved with the North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA) and has presented at several professional conferences on a variety of topics, including ADHD in college students, childhood depression, and effective teaching strategies. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and young children, hiking, going to movies and playing and watching sports.
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Shannon Erklin, Ph.D. specializes in psychological assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a large variety of disorders. In particular, Dr. Erklin is a recognized expert in evaluating and assessing neurodevelopmental issues, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, cognitive concerns, and learning difficulties. In addition to diagnostic evaluations, Dr. Erklin has significant experience in individual therapy, family therapy, and group work with individuals with a range of presenting concerns, as well as working with parents to address various behavioral issues in children. Additionally, she has expertise in providing consultation to schools and to community organizations who serve individuals with ASD, Anxiety Disorders, and Gifted/Twice Exceptional Children. She also has over 20 years of professional experience helping children with ASDs and their families.
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Dr. Erklin is well versed in the research on autism, assessment, and intervention, and uses her knowledge to provide empirically supported best practice care to individuals and families. Dr. Erklin uses research-supported interventions to inform her treatment approaches, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). In addition, she has experience in several research-supported parent behavioral management interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, ADHD, and Disruptive Behavior Disorders. While Dr. Erklin's approach in intervention with children is primarily behavioral and/or cognitive-behavioral, she feels strongly that involving and supporting the family system is an essential component of treating a child. To this end, Dr. Erklin provides a range of research-supported, goal-directed services to families, including initial diagnostic evaluations; ongoing assessments of progress; and individual, parent, family, and group interventions to address problematic behaviors or symptoms of concern. Dr. Erklin also advocates for her clients in the community and provides consultative services to special education teams and schools.
Dr. Erklin earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with Child and Family Specialization from Northern Illinois University. She completed her predoctoral internship at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University, focusing her training in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Track. She further completed a specialized postdoctoral fellowship in Child Clinical Psychology and Developmental Disabilities through the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Early in her career, Dr. Erklin provided in-home intervention services, behavioral and educational consultation, and supervision of in-home behavioral programs for children and adolescents with ASDs. Dr. Erklin has experience working with children and their parents in a wide range of settings, including university –based clinics, hospitals, private practices, and schools. Research interests include emotional development and regulation in early childhood, parental perceptions of children's developmental processes, and behavioral and adaptive skill differences in children given diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, or Anxiety.
As a mother of three children, and as a clinical expert in the pediatric population, Dr. Erklin places great emphasis on developing a warm, collaborative relationship with all of her patients and their families to help find the most efficient path forward to resolving concerning issues.
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Sarah E. Joseph, M.D. is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry and has been working in the Triangle since 2013. With a strong scientific background, including a Master's Degree in Neuroscience, Dr. Joseph believes in a comprehensive approach to mental health treatment. When working with any individual, Dr. Joseph takes into consideration biological, developmental, psychological, family, social, and environmental issues in formulating an understanding of the individual and the issues that bring them into treatment. Additionally, Dr. Joseph will closely collaborate with other doctors, therapists, healthcare providers, school teachers, tutors, and other providers in a multidisciplinary approach, when indicated, to maximize positive outcomes. She believes in a strong therapeutic alliance with her patients and her specialty training qualifies her to work with all ages.
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Dr. Joseph provides comprehensive diagnostic assessments, medication consultation and management, individual psychotherapy, school consultation, maintenance of treatment, coordination of care with other community and clinical providers, and multidisciplinary team treatment involvement. Although enjoying treatment involving all areas of mental health, Dr. Joseph has clinical areas of special interest that include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Disruptive Behavior Disorders, and school-based difficulties.
Dr. Joseph completed her General Psychiatry Residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was honored to serve as Chief Fellow. Additionally, Dr. Joseph served as a Junior Attending Physician on the adolescent psychiatry inpatient unit at the Neurosciences Hospital at UNC. She remains connected to UNC by serving as Adjunct Faculty to the Department of Psychiatry. Prior to her work at UNC, Dr. Joseph received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Tulane University where she went on to attain a Master's Degree in Neuroscience before attending Eastern Virginia Medical School.
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