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.
Dr. Rappaport enjoys teaching students and other professionals, as well as parents. She has taught at the University level in both undergraduate (USC) and graduate programs (Chapman University), as well as in the hospitals to medical residents and grand rounds. She has lectured at a variety of professional conferences ranging from critical care nurses to a national forum on school violence. Dr. Rappaport is a regular guest speaker for Scripps Hospital Parent Connection and Mother of Multiples Club, as well as various other community organizations around San Diego County.
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 individuals and 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. 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 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: For the past 13 years, Dr. Rappaport has been volunteering with the Jenna Druck Foundation, which supports bereaved families. Dr. Rappaport works 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. Dr. Rappaport also serves on the Board of Directors.
Dr. Rappaport has been a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of San Diego Council for more than 17 years. She represented San Diego Council as a National Delegate to the 2005 Girl Scout National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. She participated on the Healthy Girls, Healthy Lives committee, which is 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 is currently working 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. In addition, Dr. Rappaport is a troop leader, seeing her first troop go from kindergarten to Ambassador Scouts to Adult Girl Scouts in 2010, and her second troop making that same transition upon graduating in 2013.
Dr. Rappaport is also a volunteer with the Young Women's™ Leadership Program (YWL), which holds 2 yearly Spirit of Leadership Conferences, one for middle school and the other for high girls, as well as quarterly workshops aimed at personal growth for young women.