Clinical Psychologist

First responder training & more.

Nancy Musarra Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in Independence, Ohio. She is also a published author with over 20 years of clinical experience. Her expertise lies in helping first responders, parents, and individuals understand the complex world of mental health and developmental disabilities.

What We Offer

Assessments & Consultations

Are you or your child struggling with emotional or behavioral challenges and you can’t figure out what’s really going on?

Dr. Musarra facilitates psychological and competency evaluations as well as educational consultations for parents.

Stop wondering what’s going on, and get the help you need.

To learn more or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nancy, click below.

First Responder Training

As a first responder, it’s critical to both know what’s going on around you as well as understand how to protect and serve your community.

First responders have the unique responsibility of both “reading a situation” and keeping everyone clear from risk or harm.

Learning how to deescalate so everyone can cope with stress is critical. People who are part of a special population because of autism or other neurodevelopmental challenges need a keen eye to ensure the safety and security of everyone.

By becoming familiar and by learning practical communication strategies, first responders will be able to manage stressful situations before they escalate into a full-blown crisis.


Dr. Nancy facilitates educational workshops for professionals and parents focusing on children diagnosed with developmental, cognitive, mental health, and complex medical needs.

Topics such as building resilience, understanding how to love and care for a child with special needs, responding to shocking things people say, and helping with grief are included.

Nancy also offers custom workshops upon request. Please reach out to inquire about dates for future events.

Our Story

About Dr. Nancy Musarra

What do you do when told your child has a disability? By the time my daughter was eight months old, she had many medical challenges. As she grew, she experienced seizures, infantile spasms, and ataxia that contributed to multiple developmental delays.

For years, she was tried on over 15 seizure medications that would work for a while but then fail. We cycled through months of semi-controlled seizures until a breakthrough brought us right back to the hospital at square one…

Why Professionals Choose Dr. Nancy


Insightful, educational, and informative. Dr. Musarra was able to provide new information for both professionals who work with developmentally disabled individuals as well as for families. Dr. Nancy provided information on best practices for supporting families and individuals as well as how to positively navigate systems such as schools, agencies, and professional providers.

- Cat Bauer

As a Clinical Psychologist I strongly recommend Dr. Musarra’s book, The New Normal. This is a book about the difficulties of raising special Interest kids. It is a wonderful compilation of stories directly taken from special interest families and the stresses experienced. Dr. Musarra quite correctly organizes decision-making under stress into seven distinct categories. Those categories in turn are important to families under stress as they struggle to solve sometimes very difficult problems. I reiterate that this book is important and highly recommended.

- Floyd Sours

Dr. Nancy Musarra’s book ‘The New Normal: 7 Things to Know as You Care for & Love a Child with Special Needs’ is a poignant and beautiful book. As a mother of an infant son with complex special needs, ‘The New Normal’ is a unique and enlightening book. Almost all parenting books are written for parents of neurotypical children, which only made my situation feel more isolated. This book shone a light onto special needs families and taught me that I wasn’t alone on this journey.

- Renee

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