Dr. Dryden attended the University of Arkansas, where she received her undergraduate degree in Psychology. She completed her Master’s in School Psychology at Trinity University and worked as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) in Texas and Colorado for 6 years. Dr. Dryden returned to Texas and obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. Her predoctoral internship was completed at Fort Worth Independent School District (ISD) and her postdoctoral fellowship was completed at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD) at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern. She joined the faculty of UT Southwestern as part of the Department of Psychiatry at CADD in 2020.
Dr. Dryden's clinical services focus on the evaluation of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the treatment of challenging behaviors in children and adolescents with ASD or related disabilities. She often works with parents and families to support understanding of the diagnoses and the implementation of interventions in the home. Dr. Dryden is trained in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and is seeking certification.