Mental Health Care - Our Doctors
Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates is a leader in the field of individual and/or multidisciplinary, team treatment of children, adolescents and adults.
Meet our doctors
Seth E. Tabb, M.D. is the Founder and Medical Director of Family Psychiatry & Psychology Associates, P.A. (FPPA). In addition to his functions as a Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, Dr. Tabb has embedded himself in the community in multiple professional roles. Recently, for five years, Dr. Tabb sat on the Board of Directors of Wake County Human and Environmental Services and is a past Chairman of the Wake County Human Services Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Continuum of Care Committee where he had been a member for over seven years.
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Dr. Tabb was a member of the Child Fatality and Child Protection Task Force and has worked closely with County Commissioners on committees overseeing the successful development of a county psychiatric hospital and out-patient continuum of mental health care. He has served on the Board of Directors and was a Founding Member of the Miracle League of the Triangle, a baseball program for children with disabilities who would otherwise be precluded from this wonderful sport. As well, Dr. Tabb has served as Adjunct Faculty to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill beginning in 1996 teaching medical students, residents, child psychiatry fellows as well as psychology graduate students. From 1995 to 1996, Dr. Tabb was an attending physician at Holly Hill Hospital and served as Medical Director of a separate facility, American Day Treatment Partial Hospitalization Program, from 1996 to 1997. Today, Dr. Tabb continues to see patients in his office at FPPA and participate in numerous community activities where he is a frequent invited keynote speaker.
Dr. Tabb completed his Medical Doctorate from the University of Florida where he won the Alpha-Omega-Alpha Walt Oppelt Memorial Award for excellence in Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He completed his General Psychiatry Residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was the APA/Burroughs Welcome Fellow in 1992. He completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA-NPI), where Dr. Tabb was Chief Fellow from 1994 to 1995 and won the prestigious Gertrude Rogers Greenblatt Award. While in Los Angeles, Dr. Tabb presented a Grand Rounds at the UCLA-NPI and was a covering physician at the West Los Angeles Methadone Treatment Program and at the Health Care Children’s Campus Residential Treatment Program in Van Nuys, California.
Dr. Tabb has published in the New England Journal of Medicine and The Jefferson Journal and has been on the Editorial Committee of Southern California Psychiatrist and was a past Editor of the newsletter of the Resident Physician Section of the American Medical Association (1994). Dr. Tabb enjoys a history of essays and public commentary on a range of mental health topics and is a frequent contributor to his local newspaper editorial pages. Additionally, Dr. Tabb has been a featured lecturer to colleagues and the community in such organizations and agencies as The Autism Society of North Carolina and the Wake County Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (N.A.M.I.) throughout his career with over 21 years of experience.
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Amanda S. Dorn, M.D. has clinical expertise in evaluating the entire range of psychiatrically ill patients and in psychiatric treatment using the fundamental modalities of therapy, including pharmacology (medications), psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and multi-specialty treatment team collaborative approaches. She spent an entire year of her training exclusively specializing in mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder, etc.), eating disorders, substance abuse and dependence, neuropsychiatric illnesses, geropsychiatric illnesses and chronic pain.
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Prior to coming to FPPA in the summer of 2011, Dr. Dorn was on faculty for two years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Psychiatry. As an Assistant Professor in the UNC Center for Women's Mood Disorders, she established University Mental Health Specialists at Rex, the Department's private practice located in Raleigh. She also served the women of the Triangle as one of the area's few peri-natal psychiatrists. She supervised resident psychiatrists and medical students in the Residents' Women's Mood Disorders Clinic at UNC, teaching future clinicians how to treat hormonally-related mood and anxiety disorders.
Dr. Dorn completed her residency in General Psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. For the past twenty years, Johns Hopkins has been named by U.S. News & World Report America's #1 Hospital. The Psychiatry Department has long been ranked within the top three in the country.
Dr. Dorn completed an advanced elective in women's mood disorders, working with world-renown perinatal psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Payne, co-director of The Johns Hopkins Women's Mood Disorders Center. Dr. Dorn evaluated and treated women suffering from mood disorders, with a special emphasis on hormonally-triggered mood disorders, in both clinical research and consultation settings. She completed an advanced elective in sexual behaviors, working in The Johns Hopkins Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit, evaluating and treating individuals and couples with intimate relationship problems and psychosexual disorders. Dr. Dorn completed an advanced elective in obsessive compulsive disorder, assisting in the evaluation and treatment of outpatients with OCD.
Dr. Dorn obtained her Medical Doctorate from The University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, Arizona. During her medical training, she was elected to serve on the College of Medicine's Admissions Committee for two consecutive years. She dedicated herself to psychiatry and served as a Medical Student Support Group Co-Facilitator. She attended the Betty Ford Summer Institute for Medical Students at The Betty Ford Center at Eisenhower in Rancho Mirage, California and learned about addiction psychiatry.
Prior to medical school, Dr. Dorn received her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Biology from Emory University. During her undergraduate career, she conducted independent research at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working toward the development of a potential malaria vaccine.
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Daniel Sheras, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist, providing psychological treatment (psychotherapy) and assessment to children, teens and adults. He draws upon a Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT), interpersonal, solution-focused approach to treatment, and frequently collaborates with parents, teachers, psychiatrists, and primary care physicians in his work with individuals. In addition to individual, marital, and group psychotherapy, Dr. Sheras provides parent training and family therapy to facilitate sustainable progress as well. He uses a variety of strategies for actively engaging individuals in treatment and works to build trust, increase understanding of their symptoms and to identify goals and reasonable steps for meeting those goals.
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These strategies are aimed at helping individuals feel comfortable with therapy and empowered to make and sustain life-long positive changes in their lives. He integrates knowledge of evidence-based treatment with the unique and specific needs, contexts and presenting issues of an individual when determining treatment strategies. Trained in the full spectrum of mental health disorders, Dr. Sheras specializes in evaluating and treating anxiety, including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, ADD/ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), post-partum depression and anxiety, parent-child attachment issues, sleep problems, conduct/anger issues, relationship issues, family dynamics issues, and adjustments to major life transitions. He also offers a counseling/coaching model for addressing ADD/ADHD in teens and adults, teaching organizational and time-management skills while also addressing any additional difficulties with anxiety, stress and negative self-concept. While Dr. Sheras has experience in working with all age groups and with a wide variety of mental health disorders, he has a special interest in treating adolescents and young adults as they navigate the major life transitions that accompany those stages of life.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder, Dr. Sheras earned his Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky where his emphasis was in the area of children, adolescents, and families. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the St. John's Child and Family Development Center at St. Johns Health Center in Santa Monica, California where he provided clinical services to children, adolescents and young adults in both school and hospital-based outpatient clinic settings. As part of his graduate and internship training, Dr. Sheras provided psychological services comprised of psychological assessment, individual, family, and group psychotherapy in a variety of settings, including a high school resource center, college counseling center, youth residential treatment center, therapeutic group home and hospital-based community mental health center. He has received specialized training and certification in evidenced-based models of treatment including Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for treating depressed adolescents, Trauma-Focused CBT for treating trauma in children and Seeking Safety. In addition, Dr. Sheras has worked as a clinical coordinator at a therapeutic foster care agency, REACH of Louisville, where he provided in-home therapy, family support and behavioral consultation to foster children and their foster families. He also worked as a Unit Supervisor and direct care staff at a residential mental-health treatment center in Colorado, Devereux Cleo Wallace, prior to entering graduate school. Dr. Sheras has been practicing psychology in private practice in the Triangle since 2011.
Dr. Sheras is a member of and has been actively involved with the North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA) and has presented at several professional conferences on a variety of topics, including ADHD in college students, childhood depression, and effective teaching strategies. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and young children, hiking, going to movies and playing and watching sports.
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Shannon Erklin, Ph.D. specializes in psychological assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of a large variety of disorders. In particular, Dr. Erklin is a recognized expert in evaluating and assessing neurodevelopmental issues, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, cognitive concerns, and learning difficulties. In addition to diagnostic evaluations, Dr. Erklin has significant experience in individual therapy, family therapy, and group work with individuals with a range of presenting concerns, as well as working with parents to address various behavioral issues in children. Additionally, she has expertise in providing consultation to schools and to community organizations who serve individuals with ASD, Anxiety Disorders, and Gifted/Twice Exceptional Children. She also has over 20 years of professional experience helping children with ASDs and their families.
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Dr. Erklin is well versed in the research on autism, assessment, and intervention, and uses her knowledge to provide empirically supported best practice care to individuals and families. Dr. Erklin uses research-supported interventions to inform her treatment approaches, including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). In addition, she has experience in several research-supported parent behavioral management interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, ADHD, and Disruptive Behavior Disorders. While Dr. Erklin's approach in intervention with children is primarily behavioral and/or cognitive-behavioral, she feels strongly that involving and supporting the family system is an essential component of treating a child. To this end, Dr. Erklin provides a range of research-supported, goal-directed services to families, including initial diagnostic evaluations; ongoing assessments of progress; and individual, parent, family, and group interventions to address problematic behaviors or symptoms of concern. Dr. Erklin also advocates for her clients in the community and provides consultative services to special education teams and schools.
Dr. Erklin earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with Child and Family Specialization from Northern Illinois University. She completed her predoctoral internship at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Ohio State University, focusing her training in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Track. She further completed a specialized postdoctoral fellowship in Child Clinical Psychology and Developmental Disabilities through the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Early in her career, Dr. Erklin provided in-home intervention services, behavioral and educational consultation, and supervision of in-home behavioral programs for children and adolescents with ASDs. Dr. Erklin has experience working with children and their parents in a wide range of settings, including university –based clinics, hospitals, private practices, and schools. Research interests include emotional development and regulation in early childhood, parental perceptions of children's developmental processes, and behavioral and adaptive skill differences in children given diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, or Anxiety.
As a mother of three children, and as a clinical expert in the pediatric population, Dr. Erklin places great emphasis on developing a warm, collaborative relationship with all of her patients and their families to help find the most efficient path forward to resolving concerning issues.
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Andrea G. Boyer, M.D. is a board-certified Adult Psychiatrist and board-eligible Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, who joined FPPA in 2021, following completion of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry subspeciality training. Dr. Boyer provides comprehensive diagnostic assessments, medication management, individual psychotherapy, and collaborative approaches with other medical specialists and psychotherapists. Her clinical areas of interest include anxiety disorders (including OCD), mood disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders, in addition to eating disorders, among others. Dr. Boyer spent a year of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship embedded in an Adolescent Medicine Eating Disorders clinic, where she gained expertise in treating a variety of eating disorders. During Psychiatry residency, she spent several months co-facilitating a psychotherapy group in Exposure and Response Prevention therapy for young adults with OCD. Her particular passion in autism spectrum disorders began with her younger brother who has autism and this interest developed into clinical practice and awareness interests, including participating in a podcast run by patients with autism during her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship.
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Dr. Boyer completed her Medical Doctorate from Wake Forest School of Medicine, where she won the Outstanding Medical Student in Scholarship and Character in Psychiatry and served as vice president of the Psychiatry Interest Group. During medical school, she was awarded full travel grants to the NC Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Meeting and delivered an invited presentation at the former. She completed her General Psychiatry Residency at Emory School of Medicine and her Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Prior to medical school, Dr. Boyer received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Duke University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa for outstanding academic achievement and Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Throughout her education, she has published on a variety of topics, including ADHD, psychosis, and mood disorder pharmacology. close full bio