MEET THE TEAM2020-01-15T21:25:14+00:00

Meet the Team

Here at SBP, our goal is to empower parents, caregivers and school professionals with the knowledge and skills to help children and adolescents overcome obstacles and challenges. Working together, we all succeed.

You can do it. We can help! Meet our team of behavioral specialists.

Dr. Kristi Hofstadter-Duke, Ph.D.

Owner & Pediatric Psychologist

Dr. Duke is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in child and adolescent behavior, development, and learning. Dr. Duke is the owner and founder of Savannah Behavioral Pediatrics, and she previously served as the Director of Pediatric Psychology at the Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center. Dr. Duke obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and she received formal clinical training in pediatric psychology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. She specializes in the area of behavioral pediatrics, and her clinical practice is focused on evidence-based assessment of developmental, behavioral, and learning concerns (e.g., ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, specific learning disorder) as well as behavioral treatment of a wide range of developmental and behavioral problems of childhood. She works closely with parents and caregivers to address key behavioral, emotional and social difficulties and to improve children’s skills across home, school and community settings. Dr. Duke’s clinical practice and research has resulted in several professional publications and presentations, and she has received a number of research awards for her work in the area of behavioral psychology. Dr. Duke and her husband, Skye, have three children, ages 3, 5, and 7 years old.

Dr. Kristen Hembree, Ph.D.

Pediatric Psychologist, Director of Integrated Care

Dr. Hembree is a licensed psychologist specializing in behavioral pediatrics and integrated behavioral health in pediatric primary care. She provides evidence-based evaluation and treatment services at Savannah Behavioral Pediatrics and SouthCoast Health Pediatrics. Dr. Hembree obtained her Ph.D. from Lehigh University and completed formal clinical training in pediatric psychology and integrated behavioral health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute. Previously, Dr. Hembree was a faculty member at Munroe-Meyer Institute where she provided integrated behavioral health services and engaged in clinical teaching, supervision, and research. Dr. Hembree’s work has resulted in a number of professional publications, presentations, and awards. Her passion is collaborating with families and medical and school professionals to help children and adolescents learn new skills to be successful at home, school, and in the community. Dr. Hembree provides services for disruptive behavior (e.g., noncompliance, outbursts, aggression), ADHD, anxiety, OCD, habits and tics, depression, toileting problems, sleep problems, learning concerns, autism, and developmental delays. At SouthCoast Health Pediatrics, Dr. Hembree will provide brief, solution-focused behavioral treatment, consults with medical providers about patients’ behavioral health care needs, and provides anticipatory guidance to patients during medical visits. Dr. Hembree and her husband, Jesse, have a two-year-old little boy.

Amanda Wadley, M.S.

Licensed Professional Counselor

Amanda Wadley is a licensed professional counselor providing evidence-based therapy and assessment for children and families.  Amanda obtained her masters degree in clinical psychology from Georgia Southern University.  She has clinical training in psychological testing, group and individual therapy, and intensive partial hospitalization treatment.  Amanda’s post-graduate experience includes providing therapy to address emotional and behavioral difficulties in a school-based alternative school setting as well as 15 years conducting therapy with individuals and groups ranging in age from early childhood to geriatric populations.  In her current role at Savannah Behavioral Pediatrics, Amanda provides brief assessments (e.g., developmental and ADHD screenings) as well as evidence-based Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), which includes parents and caregivers as vital partners in improving child behavior and adjustment.  Amanda and her husband, Kevin, have two children, ages 3 and 8 years old.

Heather Myers, M.S.

Licensed Family Therapist

Heather Myers is a licensed family therapist providing evidence-based diagnosis and treatment services for children and families. Heather obtained her masters degree in family therapy from the University of Kentucky. She completed her clinical residency training and licensure, with an emphasis on children and adolescents, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s West Central Behavioral Health in Hanover, NH. An AAMFT Clinical Fellow, Heather has worked extensively with children and families for 15 years in both private practice and school settings. She has broad experience in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety, attachment problems, emotional and learning challenges, attention concerns, family transitions, and grief and loss. Heather provides brief assessments and diagnosis as well as evidence-based treatment for families (e.g., family therapy, parent coaching, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and co-parenting therapy). Heather and her husband, Rob, have four children, ages 19, 16, 13 and 11 years old.

Cecelia Ribuffo, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Cecelia Ribuffo obtained her PhD in the school psychology program at the University of Florida with a specialization in severe disabilities. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics in Jacksonville, Florida, where she provided applied behavioral analysis (ABA), behavioral parent training, school consultation, cognitive behavioral therapy and comprehensive psychological assessments as part of an interdisciplinary team across clinic and school-based settings. Her clinical and research interests include data-based decision-making, early intervention for challenging behavior, early identification of neurodevelopmental disabilities, and aspects of inclusion for children with moderate to severe disabilities. Cecelia serves as an Educational Consultant for Savannah Behavioral Pediatrics and will start her post-doctoral fellowship with the practice in August 2019 providing behavioral parent training, school consultation, and other evidence-based therapies to promote positive behavior and improve client outcomes. Cecelia and her husband, Michael, have two children ages 1 and 4 years old.

Sophie Clark

Front Desk/Psychological Scoring Technician

Sophie graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  She has been working in the behavioral health field since graduating.  Prior to joining Savannah Behavioral Pediatrics, Sophie most recently worked as a mental health technician at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans Inpatient facility.  She has also served as a case manager at a behavioral health clinic in New Orleans.  Sophie moved to Savannah in May 2019 with her significant other, Connor, and her beloved 14-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.