I am a board-certified Clinical Neuropsychologist in Raleigh, NC who works with children, adolescents, and young adults.
Clinical Psychologist in Raleigh, NC
I often receive referrals from pediatricians or families about difficulty with focusing or paying attention, and who want a more comprehensive evaluation than a simple checklist. A neuropsychological evaluation helps identify the bigger picture and rule out other factors such as mood disorder, behavioral issues, or a learning disability that may be the primary cause of an "attention" problem, and can point to more effective treatment strategies.
I enjoy working with my clients to develop more effective executive functioning skills, such as organization, time management, focus, and goal-setting.
I provide comprehensive neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations for children aged 3 through young adult to assist with diagnosis of ADHD, Autism/Asperger's, Traumatic Brain Injury/concussion, or Specific Learning Disabilities. I also consult with families and schools to assist with accessing special education services or educational acccommodations.
I work with parents of children with behavioral or developmental concerns to develop effective management and parenting strategies at home, and to coordinate with their child's school to develop effective management and intervention strategies.
My primary area of research focus in graduate school was developmental dyslexia, and with my work in special education policy and practice, I have significant experience in diagnosis and treatment for specific learning disabilities. Helping students identify their academic strengths and weaknesses, find new ways to learn, and realize their strengths is extremely rewarding.
I received specialized training and experience in Autism Spectrum Disorder at Kennedy Krieger Institute and while on faculty at the UNC Center for Development and Learning (now CIDD), working on interdisciplinary evaluation teams. I receive many referrals from pediatricians for initial diagnoses of ASD, particularly as access to intervention services depends on a formal diagnosis. I see many clients with high-functioning autism and giftedness.
Many of my referrals come from pediatricians looking for a more in-depth evaluation for attention concerns than a simple checklist. I see numerous clients who are concerned that they cannot concentrate or focus, and while ADHD may be one explanation, sometimes a mood disorder or learning disability may be the true root of the problem. I collaborate with pediatricians and schools to ensure children receive the most appropriate treatment to address the big picture.