Dr. Layton-Tholl is an accomplished and dedicated clinical psychologist currently working in private practice in Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Dr. Layton-Tholl has made South Florida her home for nearly 30 years.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1981. She then went on to complete her Masters in Experimental Psychology at Villanova University in 1987 after which time she settled in Boca Raton, FL. After working in various mental health settings, she went on to complete a Masters in Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Clinical Psychology at Miami Institute of Psychology in Miami, Florida in 1999.
Her dissertation Extramarital Affairs: The Link Between Thought Suppression and Level of Arousal, published in 1999, received international recognition. Her research and insight caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey and Montel Williams, whose shows she appeared on in 1997 and 1999, as well as numerous national and international radio shows. In 1998, she had the honor of being the only American to present at the Society of AustralAsian Social Psychologists (SASP) International Symposium in Christchurch, New Zealand. Her presentation focused on the use of the Internet to obtain clinically significant, reliable and valid data for research and publication purposes.
Dr. Layton-Tholl was the Staff Psychologist and Director of Clinical Training for the HealthSouth Sunrise Hospital Psychology Department, where she has maintained a private practice since 2002. She has conducted seminars at HealthSouth on topics such as the psychology of women, coping with pain as a cancer patient, psychology and physical rehab, domestic violence, and stress management. As Staff Psychologist, she was responsible for the doctoral intern training program and for providing clinical services to patients in the Comprehensive Pain Care Center, gaining extensive knowledge working with patients with chronic pain, disabilities and spinal cord injuries and with creating treatment plans that focus on the patients’ use of adaptive, cognitive coping strategies to manage pain, deal with stress and adapt to major life altering events.
In addition to her professional accomplishments, Dr. Layton-Tholl has been honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners, awarded for Distinguished Service by the South Palm Beach County Jewish Federation, and has been an honoree for Local Professional Woman presented by the South Florida Business Journal.
In conjunction with her clinical background, Dr. Layton-Tholl has extensive experience providing testimony in civil, disability, personal injury and criminal cases. She was featured in an October 2010 NBC Dateline episode, Deadly Triangle, highlighting the Michelle Theer capitol murder case in which her interviews with Michelle Theer and testimony in the 2004 capitol murder case was highlighted. She also appeared on multiple Investigative Discovery shows including the Discovery ID show Sins & Secrets which aired January 26, 2012, highlighting the Michelle Theer murder case.