My name is Margaret Rudin and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in child and adolescent psychiatric nursing.

Welcome to my website. Thank you for taking the time to check me out. Are you wanting to reach out to someone about how to manage the changes in your life? Feelings of anxiety and depression can flood our senses and make it difficult to prioritize our goals and to decide where and how to begin. As you enter therapy and throughout therapy, it is important to feel safe, heard and respected with a therapist you trust. I endeavor to provide that trusting relationship and provide psychotherapy to adults who are in transition, experiencing challenges with life changes and seek a smoother passage through their journey.

I work in a client-centered, strength based approach with psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and trauma informed therapy approaches that are specific to each individual.

My background as a clinical nurse specialist with children and adolescents permits me to provide therapy and to prescribe medications to children and adolescents (up to 17 years of age). In general, when prescribing medication, it is important to rule out medical concerns and best standards of practice indicate an annual physical exam prior to prescribing medications. I am a fairly conservative prescriber with children and adolescents and consider psycho-social and environment factors. When children and adolescents present with anxiety, depression, social anxiety, ADHD, difficulties with school, sports, social events; psychopharmacology can be very helpful.

Margaret Rudin, Ph.D., APRN is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in child and adolescent psychiatric and mental health nursing. She maintains a small private practice and works as a Supervising Clinical Psychologist for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). Prior to DDS, Dr. Rudin was employed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) providing trauma informed therapy and prescribing psychotropic medication for children and adolescents. She worked in the Centralized Medication Consent Unit (CMCU) providing consent for psychotropic medications for children and adolescents through the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Dr. Rudin lived in San Francisco, California and worked as a supervising psychologist and a CNS in community mental health centers where she provided psychotherapy and coordinated an internship program (APA approved). Dr. Rudin worked in a child and adolescent sexual abuse crisis center responsible for forensic medical exams, forensic interviews and trauma specific counseling. Her doctoral clinical focus was providing services to GLTBQ+ and cross cultural psychology.

She has been a clinical adjunct professor at the University of California in San Francisco, at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, at Yale School of Nursing and at Western Connecticut State University. She has presented numerous times at conferences on child abuse and trauma. Her dissertation was published in the Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect. She presented at the 17th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect on the complexity of psychotropic medication consent within the foster care system.

Professional Continuing Education, Certificates and Membership Include:

  • Enrolled in Collaborative Divorce Training through the Connecticut Non-Adversarial Divorce Group
  • Mediation Training for Families in Process of Separation: 40 Hour Workshop
  • Member of Connecticut Counsel for Non-Adversarial Divorce
  • Seminars regarding Mental Health Access to Care for GBLTQ+
  • Member of American Diabetes Association
  • Certificate of Professional Education as Mental Health Provider for those with Diabetes
  • Certificate of Professional Qualifications in Psychology (CPQ)
  • Post-Masters Certificate Program Mental Health Issue with Adoption - School of Social Work through both the University of Connecticut and Southern Connecticut State University
  • Member of the American Psychological Association
  • APA Division 33 – Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities;
  • APA Division 53 - Clinical Child Psychology.


  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (1994): Pacific Graduate School of Psychology
  • Master of Science (1991): Pacific Graduate School of Psychology.
  • Master of Science (1985): University of California, Child and Adolescent Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing (PMHCNS)
  • Bachelor of Science (1980) in Nursing from San Francisco State University.


  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Connecticut and California
  • APRN in Connecticut and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Connecticut and California
  • Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in California.

    Margaret Rudin PhD APRN LLC
    860 920 9720
    Avon, CT 06001