The Psychologists Podcast

What’s the Deal with Neurodiversity? With Darren Woodlief, PhD

July 18, 2021 Darren Woodlief, PhD Season 1 Episode 12
The Psychologists Podcast
What’s the Deal with Neurodiversity? With Darren Woodlief, PhD
Show Notes

Welcome to The Psychologists Podcast, where we talk about all things psychology through a very personal lens.

Just in time for #disabilitypridemonth …We’re grappling with #neurodiversity today, as clinicians who work with neurodivergent clients, as parents of neurodivergent kids, and as humans who identify as neurodivergent themselves.

RESOURCES for Autism, ADHD, emotional difficulties, etc., (feat. Special sections for adults and girls/women) 

Honorable Mentions:
-NeuroTribes book:

-Community (vs. individual/medical) approach to mental health

-How DO you say dyscalculia, anyway?

-Kanner’s and Asperger’s autisms

-superpower, disability, or both?

-Why do we need labels? (Psychology Today blog post:

-Neurodivergent/NT communication (the “double empathy problem”) 

-Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) controversy

-Broader Autism Phenotype (BAP) and more recently, BAPCO (thank you, Dr. Lindsay McCary):

-Autism/ADHD overlap

-misdiagnosis (borderline bipolar, anyone?)

-early research on positive effects of later autism diagnosis

-neurodivergent cultural identification vs. “mental illness” labeling

-self-diagnosis/identification and diagnostic gatekeeping

-getting help for understanding your story

Dr. Darren Woodlief is a licensed clinical psychologist in Columbia, SC. He specializes in conducting a broad range of diagnostic evaluations for clinical and educational purposes and for treatment planning, including psychoeducational, ADHD, ASD, and mental health assessments, as well as neuropsychological screenings. He earned a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology and a Certificate in Graduate Study in Applied Statistics from the University of South Carolina. Darren resides near Columbia, SC with his wife, Katie and 16-year-old son, Emerson. He is devastatingly handsome and remarkably quick-witted. Darren is also an avid musician who loves to play, write, record, and otherwise collaborate with other musicians as often as he can fit it in.

Darren’s band: (well, one of them)


Gill Strait PhD and Julia Strait PhD are both Licensed Psychologists (TX) and Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSPs, TX). They are alumni of The University of South Carolina School Psychology Doctoral Program (Go Gamecocks).

Gill is a teacher, researcher, and supervisor at a university graduate psychology training program.

Julia is a testing psychologist at Stepping Stone Therapy in Houston, TX: Instagram: @drjuliatx