As a Bay Area parent as well as a professional working in schools for over 20 years, I appreciate how difficult and overwhelming it can be to navigate the educational system to get help for learning or behavioral challenges. The process of evaluation and obtaining appropriate interventions or services can be daunting, even for the most knowledgeable of us. I am here to help support parents, students, and school teams, making the pathway to success for your particular situation more clear and manageable.
I use my years of clinical experience as well as extensive training in school neuropsychological assessment, behavioral assessment, diagnosis, and intervention planning to inform my approach to pediatric disorders that affect learning and behavior. I take care to make the entire consultation or assessment process feel positive, understandable and helpful.
Degrees, Licenses, and Credentials
Diplomat in School Neuropsychology from the American Board of School Neuropsychology (ABSNP), Certification Number: 10836
Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP) from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Certification Number: 3809
Pupil Personnel Services Credential from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing with advance authorizations in School Psychology, Child Welfare and Attendance, and School Counseling
Board Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis (BCBA) from the Behavior Anayst Certification Board, Certification #1-04-1575
Professional Clear Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, Bilingual Cross-cultural, Language & Academic Development, Emphasis: Spanish (BCLAD), from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
MS in School Counseling, Emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, from California State University Los Angeles
Special Recognition in Graduate Studies 2004, College of Administration and Counseling, California State University, Los Angeles
Recognized by the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi , Psi Chi, for scholarly academic achievement
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley
I have additional training and certifications in the following areas:
Establishing classroom programs for children with autism spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders using evidence-based practices (Pivotal Response Training, Greenspan’s Floortime Approach, SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation, Transactional Supports), TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication-handicapped Children), PECS- Picture Exchange and Communication Systems, Discrete Trial and Verbal Behavior Programs, Functional Communication Training, Social Thinking methodologies
Interventions for promoting development of executive functioning and emotional regulation: Zones of Regulation, ALERT program, plus a variety of other methodologies
De-escalation and crisis management, Certified Nonviolent Crisis Prevention and Intervention (CPI) trainer since 2005
Implementing and sustaining Positive Behavior Support in Schools, Multi-tiered Systems of Support, and Response to Intervention for supporting inclusion of all students.
Cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety and depression in youth