Tess Carpenter, PsyD

Clinical Director, The Berkeley & Eleanor Mann School and Residential Treatment Center


  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Substance Use Disorder

Tess Carpenter is a licensed psychologist and currently serves as the Clinical Director of The Berkeley & Eleanor Mann School and Residential Treatment Center (Mann RTC). She started at Mann RTC months after it opened in 1998 as a residential counselor, and left in 2001 to begin her doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. From 2001-2003, she worked as a Primary Counselor in a group home, specializing in substance abuse treatment for adjudicated adolescents. After receiving her doctorate, she served as the Program Director of a substance abuse day treatment program for pregnant and parenting mothers for two years. She returned to Mann RTC in 2009 and was the Clinical Milieu Manager for the boys program for four years before transitioning to serve as the Clinical Director at The Jefferson School and Residential Treatment Center. Dr. Carpenter returned to Mann RTC in the spring of 2014 to serve in her current role.

Dr. Carpenter is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician and oversees the DBT implementation process at Mann RTC, supervising both the Residential and Clinical Teams. She leads the DBT Family Engagement committee and is one of the facilitators of Mann’s DBT multifamily groups. She also leads the DBT Substance Use Committee at Mann. Dr. Carpenter is also a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Approved Supervisor through the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists.