Dr. Scott Hammel is a psychologist who provides psychological and neuropsychological assessment and testing, forensic psychology services, and clinical supervision and psychotherapy. He has been in private practice since 2002, prior to which he provided psychological services as a master’s level psychologist in the juvenile justice system and community agencies from 1994 until earning his Ph.D. in 2000. Dr. Hammel and his wife, Lisa Hammel, M.Ed., are the co-founders of the Neurobehavioral Institute of Austin, a multidisciplinary mental health practice that also provides educational consulting for young children.
Dr. Hammel works with a diverse population and with individuals of all ages. Currently, in addition to his office practice, he is a clinical consultant to Casey Family Programs, where he collaborates with social work staff members and provides neuropsychological assessments of children, adolescents and adults. He also conducts assessments and evaluations for legal proceedings and testifies in court in a variety of matters.
Dr. Hammel has a special interest and expertise in mental giftedness and gifted education. He conducts assessments and therapy with gifted children and adults, does trainings on mental giftedness, consults with schools about giftedness and gifted children, and is currently providing consultation to ACE Academy, a specialty school for gifted children.
Dr. Hammel also enjoys teaching, training, and mentoring. He trains doctoral students in clinical psychology and school psychology in his practice, and also is a training site for Postdoctoral Residents in clinical and school psychology, providing training in psychological and neuropsychological assessment and the use of the Rorschach Inkblot Test.
Previously, Dr. Hammel created and implemented an inpatient practicum training site in personality assessment for doctoral psychology students at Seton Shoal Creek Hospital. He was also the clinical consultant to the Settlement Home for Children’s Foster Family Program for more than 10 years, providing clinical supervision and consultation with treatment staff and foster parents and children.
Dr. Hammel has provided trainings to both psychologists and other mental health professionals regarding attachment theory, trauma, differential diagnosis, psychological and neuropsychological assessment, and mental giftedness. Also, he was previously an Adjunct Professor for the St. Edward’s University’s Masters of Arts in Counseling Program, where he taught various graduate level courses, including theories of counseling and therapy, child and adolescent psychotherapy, psychological assessment, group psychotherapy, and practicum.
Dr. Hammel is the former International President of a high school youth group, and traveled to the Soviet Union in 1985 on a peace mission – which was a life-changing experience for him and guided his decision to pursue a career in psychology. In adulthood, he served as the leader of a local high school youth group, worked with the international youth group, and was awarded the Distinguished Youth Services Award from this organization. He is also a former youth soccer and basketball coach. When he is not working or consulting, you can find Dr. Hammel spending quality time with friends, enjoying his family, playing soccer, sailing, snow skiing, and traveling.