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Our Team

Mercedes E. Ebanks, PhD

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Behavior Therapist
  • Specialty Population(s): Children, Adults, and Families
  • Specialty Area(s): Bilingual (Spanish), Applied Behavioral Analysis, Behavior Disorders, Behavior Modification Plans, Parenting Education, Co-Parenting, and Clinical and Psychoeducational Evaluations.
Mercedes E. Ebanks, PhD is co-founder of The MECCA Group (Mental health Education Careers Consulting Assessments). She serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the agency and is responsible for managing financial activities. Dr. Ebanks is a Certified Parent Coordinator and serves as a Parent Education Trainer.
She is a Behavior Specialist Bilingual (Spanish) Clinician. Her practical experiences are in in applied behavior analysis to treat severe behavior disorders, clinical evaluations and implementation of treatment strategies to address childhood psychopathology, administration of psychoeducational evaluations for learning disabilities, and presentation of parent training and professional development workshops to teach behavior modification techniques to address emotional disturbances and noncompliance. Dr. Ebanks provides interventions, assessments, and strategies to improve child well-being and strengthen parental relationships and communication.

Dr. Ebanks is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA'94) with a major in Psychology and minor in Spanish. She then pursued graduate studies at Howard University (M.Ed '95, PhD'05) with degrees in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Ebanks completed a clinical internship with Kennedy Krieger Institute of John Hopkins University and their partnership with Marcus Institute and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She conducted research in applied behavior analysis to treat severe behavior disorders such as feeding, self-injurious, and noncompliance in the pediatric treatment center. Dr. Ebanks has an extensive background in education and mental health services and has served as an adjunct faculty, crisis counselor, and administrator. Dr. Ebanks has worked with public, private, and alternative schools in addition to serving several years with social service organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. She has served as member of boards and committees of nonprofit organizations and local and national professional organizations. 

Dr. Ebanks currently serves as the Program Coordinator of the Masters of Education in School Psychology and Counseling Services and is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychoeducational Studies in the School of Education of Howard University. She prepares new clinicians to work in school and community settings with sensitivity and awareness of cultural diversity factors. Dr. Ebanks has published articles on the effects of corrective feedback to treat destructive behavior, the impact of race and school environment that influence teacher’s attitudes and behavior, and evaluating test preparation program for minority students. Her research interests include co-parenting and identifying the problems and solution for parental conflict with separated and divorce parents, overrepresentation of minority children in special education, counselor education preparation, and multicultural treatments to behavior disorders. Dr. Mercedes E. Ebanks resides in Upper Marlboro, MD with her two young daughters. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family in New Jersey.
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