Guanghai Wang

Clinical Psychologist and Sleep Specialist
Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., US
M.A. Clinical Psychology
Shenzhen University, China

Dr. Wang specializes in clinical psychology and sleep medicine. He has received systematic training in cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, solution-focused brief therapy and interpersonal communication therapy. Further, he incorporates elements of narrative therapy, sand-tray therapy, psychodrama therapy, poetry therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and behavioral therapy for treating sleep problems.

He completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at East China Normal University. Part of this time was spent in Washington, D.C., studying pediatric sleep medicine. Since then he has accumulated extensive experience in counseling individuals, families and groups, with a focus on pediatric mental health and pediatric sleep.

For pediatric mental health services, Dr. Wang helps with parent-child relationships, interpersonal skills, coping with transitions, learning challenges, behavior, and attention issues. This includes ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, feeding, adiposity, personality, addiction and psychosexual development. He can assess and diagnose autism spectrum disorder, as he is certified for ADOS-2.

For adult mental health services, he supports with pregnancy stress, postpartum depression, emotion management issues, communication and relationship problems, coping with transitions, trauma, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

For sleep services, Dr. Wang works with children and adults to address a wide range of difficulties including problems with sleep initiation, sleep disturbances, sleep walking, nighttime fears, and insomnia.

As part of the ELG team, Dr. Wang strives to provide the most effective services to children and families by collaborating with colleagues from different professional backgrounds. He is also an associate professor and pediatric counselor at the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center. He is an influential member of many professional committees, including the Neuroscience Committee of the China Cognitive Science Society, the Chinese Sleep Research Society, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), and the Shanghai Clinical Psychology and Psychological Consultation Supervision Committee. He has published more than 30 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he co-translated the “Solving Sleep Problems in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Guide for Frazzled Families” and participated in making Chinese national guides on pediatric sleep.


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