Joy H. Wymer, Ph.D.
Dr. Wymer earned her Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with a double major in Psychology and Russian. She earned her Master’s degree with a specialization in School Psychology from The Citadel. She earned her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with specializations in Neuropsychology and Language Disorders from Louisiana State University. Dr. Wymer completed an Internship in Clinical Psychology and a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Wymer is an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Neurosciences.
Dr. Wymer has more than 20 years of clinical experience in the mental health field evaluating and treating children, adolescents, adults, and elderly adults. She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and has presented original research at international, national, and local professional conferences. Dr. Wymer is an active member in the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the American Psychological Association, and the South Carolina Psychological Association.
Areas of Practice
Dr. Wymer works with children through elderly adults with a wide range of disorders. She specializes in evaluation and treatment planning for clients with brain injuries, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, memory problems, seizures, toxin or chemical exposure, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disorders, developmental disorders, mental retardation, and social or emotional problems. Dr. Wymer does evaluations for the court and other governmental agencies, such as Social Security. She has worked with inmates on Death Row and has completed evaluations for individual legal cases and class action law suits.
Dr. Wymer uses a biopsychosocial approach in evaluation and treatment. A biopsychosocial model is one that assumes physical, psychological, and social factors all play a significant role in human functioning, including in mental processes. The body, brain, and environment all interact to make us the people we are today. Focusing on only one aspect of this model leaves us with an incomplete puzzle. Dr. Wymer’s evaluations are comprehensive and address all aspects of behavior and thinking with the goal of using strengths to compensate for mental or physical weaknesses.