Education and Background


Dr. Samler received both her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Chicago.  Her focus was in Psychodynamic therapy and Forensic Psychology.    

Her training background included providing outpatient and residential treatment for adolescents and adults with depression, trauma history, ADHD and anxiety, utilizing a relational Psychodynamic approach.  

Additionally, she spent numerous years delivering individual, family and group therapy services to adolescents with serious emotional and behavioral disorders, many from a background of abuse and neglect, and providing intensive therapy and advocacy to troubled youth in therapeutic day schools.  She worked with  504 plans and IEP (Individual Education Plans) providing  continuity of care  with parents, school and administration.   

Dr. Samler has an extensive background in forensic settings. She worked with adults in state hospital UST (Unfit to Stand Trial) and NGRI (Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity) units, county and state correctional facilities, Cook County Public Defender's Office and youth in the foster care system.  She collaborated care across several domains; including: the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Cook and Lake County court systems.  She has worked with the Chicago Police Department conducting pre-hire screenings, fitness for duty and assessments. 

Dr. Samler helped develop, implement and lead the diversity training at Allendale Association for psychiatric residential and group home staff to build and strengthen teams which subsequently, improved the quality of treatment received by patients.  

In addition to private practice, Dr. Samler is adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) in Malibu, California.