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Deborah Gerdes, Psy.D.
Deborah Gerdes
MA in Counseling & Psychological Services Program - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Serber received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Concentration in Child and Adolescent Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL in August of 2012. She received an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Dr. Serber has been working in the mental health field since 2000, and has interned in several positions, such as Marriage and Family Therapy, Intensive Inpatient Residential Treatment, Community Mental Health, Day Treatment Programming, Outpatient Counseling, and schools specializing in developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has also presented at the Minnesota Autism Society, Child and Adolescent Colloquium in Chicago, IL, and provided staff trainings on Autism Spectrum Disorders. She completed her undergraduate thesis on Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Gluten and Casein Free diet. Her Master’s thesis explored the relationship between chronic marijuana use and the effects on the brain, body, and psyche. Her dissertation involved a research study involving students who were self-identified as Cyberbullies. Dr. Serber has worked at Headway Emotional Health Services since 2012. As an outpatient therapist, she helps adolescents struggling with physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, overcoming trauma, gang involvement, forensic testing and therapy, court appointed witness, Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other mental health needs.