Jemma Grindstaff, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the founding member of Triangle Learning Center, PLLC. Dr. Grindstaff studied with Gary Mesibov, Ph.D., former director of Division TEACCH, and earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2001. Since then, she has served first as a consulting psychologist and then as the Assistant Clinical Director for the Chapel Hill TEACCH Center. Her approach to working with families is derived from the TEACCH philosophy of mutual accommodation. Mutual accommodation encourages families to find a balance between making changes in their homes to better meet their child’s learning needs and teaching the new skills children need to be successful in the world.
Dr. Grindstaff currently holds an appointment in the UNC School of Medicine as an Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor and provides consultation to TEACCH in the areas of assessment, intervention, and personnel preparation for students with autism spectrum disorders. In her free time, Dr. Grindstaff enjoys reading, traveling and hiking with her husband and two daughters. It has been a dream of Dr. Grindstaff’s to live, work and collaborate with families in the Triangle without regard to specific diagnostic labels.