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Dr. Liana PeŮa Morgens received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Florida State University in 2000. She received her Masterís Degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University in 1993.

Dr. Morgens completed her internship and post-doctoral training at McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical School. During her post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Morgens specialized in individual therapy, group therapy, school consultation, and neuropsychological evaluations of individuals with neuro-developmental disorders, social anxiety and learning disabilities. Dr. Morgens also earned a research fellowship at the Department of Developmental Disabilities at Boston Children's Hospital during her post-doctoral training.

Currently, Dr. Morgens maintains her affiliation with McLean as an Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School.  She continues to specialize in neuropsychological assessments and clinical psychotherapy.  Her psychotherapy interests include Group and Individual Therapy for children, teens, and adults struggling with ADHD, Executive Dysfunction, and social and interpersonal relationship difficulties stemming from anxiety and mood disorders, giftedness and/or pragmatic language deficits.  Dr. Morgens also consults to local school systems. 

Dr. Morgens has extensive experience in assessment of children, adolescents and adults from a diverse population including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Giftedness, Learning Disabilities, Anxiety and Mood Disorders, and Social Anxiety.  Her evaluation specialties include:
 

  Bilingual/Spanish Assessment of children, adolescents, and adults

Neuropsychological Evaluations of children, adolescents, and adults

  Learning Evaluations and Gifted Assessments
  Psychological Assessments of children, adolescent, and adults; with specialty in projective measures.

 


 
Dr. Deborah L. Abber is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University in 2001. As a graduate student, Dr. Abber received specialized training in neuropsychology and the assessment of children in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral clinical training at South Shore Mental Health, a community mental health clinic, where she specialized in working with children and adolescents in individual and family therapy, crisis intervention, and psychological assessment. Dr. Abber completed three years of post-doctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology at the Learning Lab at Lesley University.

She is a former evaluator for Lighthouse School, Inc., a private special education school for children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties that have a wide range of complex diagnostic profiles including developmental, neurological, medical, and genetic conditions, learning disabilities, and psychiatric diagnoses. Before joining The Morgens Group, Dr. Abber worked as a consultant to area schools, hospitals, and private agencies providing evaluation services, academic and IEP recommendations, and clinical supervision.

Dr. Abber's expertise is in the neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment of children and adolescents with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, neurocognitive processing deficits (auditory processing, visual processing, memory, executive functioning), Learning Disorders (reading, writing, math), Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, and social, emotional, and behavioral concerns. She has worked with students in various school settings (public, private, special education, and charter schools) and has expertise in evaluating the broad range of developmental, cognitive, learning, social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties that can interfere with learning in the classroom and overall school success.

Dr. Abber specializes in the following assessments:

Neuropsychological Evaluations of children and adolescents (ages 5-22 years)
  Educational/Academic Evaluations
  Learning Evaluations and Assessment of Intellectual Functioning and Giftedness
  Functional Behavioral Assessments

 


 

Dr. Rachel Andaloro is a clinical neuropsychologist who received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2011. As a graduate student, she received specialized training in the neuropsychological assessment of adults and adolescents.

 

Dr. Andaloro completed her internship in clinical neuropsychology in the psychiatry department of Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts Mental Health Center and remained there to complete a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology. She has worked with patients from various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, including a rotation at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless at Boston Medical Center. She also has forensic experience, including participation in custody evaluations. In addition to her work at The Morgens Group, Dr. Andaloro also participates in research evaluating those enrolled in psychopharmacological trials for Alzheimerís Disease and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

 

Dr. Andaloro has a broad array of neuropsychological assessment experience with both adults and adolescents, including those with:

  Learning disabilities (math, dyslexia) and ADHD (including academic accommodations and IEP recommendations for high school through graduate school, SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, and other standardized tests
  Autism Spectrum and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  Gifted Assessments
  Traumatic Brain Injury
  Stroke/Brain Tumor
  Epilepsy
  Dementia/Mild Cognitive impairment, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease
  Medical conditions (HIV, Hepatitis C, diabetes, hypertension, and other vascular risk factors)
  Psychiatric Diagnoses (Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, and polysubstance abuse)
   

 

Dr. Kristen Aberle is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL) in 2010.  She has experience working with clients ranging from young children to adults.  Dr. Aberle completed her predoctoral internship at Citrus Health Network, Inc (Hialeah, FL) and postdoctoral fellowship at Mt. Sinai Hospital (Chicago, IL).  Over the course of her training, she has worked in community mental health clinics, large urban hospitals, and schools where she provided psychotherapy and psychoeducational testing services to clients presenting with a diverse array of problems.

Dr. Aberle has specialized experience working with children, adolescents, and families.  She has provided psychotherapy, consultation, and crisis intervention to clients coping with complex trauma histories, depression, anxiety, behavior disorders, self-esteem issues, self-injurious behaviors, school-refusal, and interpersonal problems.  Additionally, she has successfully aided clients facing life stressors or challenges adjusting to life changes.  Dr. Aberle has also worked with families dealing with family conflict and parenting challenges.

Dr. Aberle believes in an individualized, collaborative approach to treatment whereby clients are actively involved in the treatment planning process.  She works with individual clients and families to address their unique needs and presenting problems in a way that will yield improvements and sustained progress over time.  She employs an integrative approach to treatment, which may incorporate psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and family systems interventions.  She also consistently uses play therapy to address the needs of younger clients.

 

 
Susan Betit-Zilinskas has a Masterís in Education with a specialization in Special Education from Northeastern University, and a Graduate Certificate in Adult and Organizational Learning. She recently relocated from New York where she was licensed to teach grades 1 through 6. She is currently in the process of receiving her teaching and Moderate Special Needs license in Massachusetts for Pre-K through 8th grade.

Susanís experience with children and education spans from infancy through middle school. While obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education with a concentration in the Social Sciences from SUNY Cortland, Susan worked in early childhood education, as well as spending the summers as a camp counselor and supervisor. In addition to working in the general 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade classrooms, Susan has held long-term substitute positions as a general and special education teacher (grades 3 and 4 respectively). Susan has also extensively as a private teacher for a gifted, special needs child with developmental challenges as well as ADHD.

 

 
Kate McGravey earned her M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) from at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP).  Kate is currently a practicing school psychologist who primarily works with middle and high school aged children.  While working as a school psychologist, Kate is also completing her doctoral degree in School Psychology at MSPP with an expected June 2014 graduation date. 

Kateís clinical and educational experience with children spans from early childhood through middle school.  She has worked in various settings including public schools, early childhood centers, and therapeutic day programs.  She has been a private tutor for ten years and has also tutored in university and after school programs.  Kate has extensive experience working with children with a wide range of skills and needs.  As a school psychologist, she works closely with students who have emotional and social disabilities.  Additionally, she is responsible for assessing and informing intervention for students with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, Nonverbal Learning Disability, Specific Learning Disability, executive functioning weaknesses, and other educational disabilities. 


 
Dr. Brandi S. Henson received her doctoral degree in School-Child Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University in 2005. During her internship at UMass Memorial Health Care, she focused her training on psycho-diagnostic and neuropsychological evaluations, individual and family therapy and preschool consultations through the Community Healthlink's Youth and Family Services.

Dr. Henson completed a post-doctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical School, where she specialized in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with spectrum disorders (e.g., Asperger's Disorder, autism, and NLD), as well as other related and secondary disorders (e.g., ADHD, depression, anxiety, and Bipolar Disorder).

Currently, Dr. Henson holds an academic appointment as an Instructor in Pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center where she has been involved in several projects designed to improve the well- being of children through the integration of mental health services into pediatric primary care. She has also run behavior training groups for parents of young children, developed and implemented an innovative psychotherapy group for teen parents, and helped to create a comprehensive developmental- behavioral screening instrument for children under 5 years of age.

Dr. Henson's expertise is in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders, complex learning difficulties, and social-emotional difficulties. She is research-reliable trained in both the ADOS and ADI-R, and specializes in the following assessments:

Neurodevelopmental Evaluations

ADHD Evaluations

Neuropsychological Evaluations

LD, Academic, and Gifted Evaluations

Dr. Henson also provides individual and group psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and families. In her clinical work, Dr. Henson specializes in:

 

Behavioral Parent Consultation /Therapy and Parent Training Groups

Individual Therapy for Anxiety, Mood Disorders, and Social Skills difficulties

Child and Adolescent Group Psychotherapy for Anxiety and Depression

   

 

Mr. Timothy W. Leahy, LICSW, attended Brown University and received his M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis. 

Mr. Leahy offers psychotherapy that is goal directed and focused on identifying the inner and outer obstacles that thwart progress.   Mr. Leahyís ultimate goal as a therapist is to help his clients overcome these obstacles in order to achieve rich and fulfilling lives.  By teaching specific techniques for relaxation, non-critical self-study and realistic goal setting, Mr. Leahyís clients have made major positive changes in their aspirations, relationships and careers.

With over 30 years of experience as a successful couples therapist, works with couples to put a sudden stop to destructive patterns of relating with each other, help each individual to clarify their needs, aspirations and values and to deconstruct the rigid negative attitudes about the other.   

Mr. Leahy also offers:

Keys to Intimacy and Marital Happiness - A program designed for couples planning marriage or for married couples wishing for a fresh start.
  Adolescent Parental Coaching Ė Provide unique and successful techniques for growth through the challenging years of adolescent parenting. Mr. Leahy is currently working on a book on adolescent parenting called "Growing with your Adolescent." 

Individual Hypnotherapy - Clinical hypnosis used for treatment of anxiety, phobias, weight loss,  addictions, and for heightening self esteem and self awareness. 

  Life Coaching - Help clients determine and achieve personal goals and specific results.

Corporate and Public Speaking - Corporate and individual training and workshops on public speaking and personal empowerment involving relaxation techniques for stress reduction and performance anxiety

 

 

Dr. Elizabeth Olson is a clinical neuropsychologist who received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Minnesota in 2010. Her dissertation examined the development of executive functioning during adolescence. She completed a clinical internship in the neuropsychology track at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Massachusetts Mental Health Center / Harvard Medical School and then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology, also at BIDMC/MMHC/HMS. In addition to her work at The Morgens Group, Dr. Olson is currently completing an additional research fellowship at McLean Hospital / Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Olson has extensive experience in neuropsychological evaluation of adolescence and adults, with expertise in evaluating patients with a variety of presenting concerns including neurodevelopmental problems such as autism spectrum disorders and attention-deficit / Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); learning disorders such as dyslexia; neurological problems such as traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, stroke, and dementia; medical problems such as diabetes, cancer, hepatitis C, and HIV; and psychiatric problems such as posttraumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and major depressive disorder.

She has evaluated students who require academic accommodations for high school, college, and graduate school and when appropriate has successfully requested accommodations for standardized tests, including the SAT, GRE, MTEL, and MCAT.

 


                  


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