Angela M. Currie, Ph.D.
Dr. Currie conducts neuropsychological and psychological (projective) assessments out of NESCA’s Londonderry and Newton offices and sees individuals with a wide range of concerns. She enjoys working with stressed-out children and teens, working to tease apart the various factors that may be lending to their stress, including assessment of possible underlying learning challenges (such as dyslexia or nonverbal learning disability), attentional deficit, or executive function weakness. She also often conducts evaluations with children confronting more primary emotional and anxiety-related challenges, such as generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, or depression.
Dr. Currie particularly enjoys working with the seemingly “unmotivated” child as well as children who have “flown under the radar” for years due to their desire to succeed. Additionally, Dr. Currie often conducts evaluations with more emotionally and psychologically complex children and teens, particularly those that appear to be “stuck” in their therapeutic process and for whom adults are confused about how to reach them.
Dr. Currie prides herself on helping clients and parents feel comfortable within the testing environment. Be it through taking a calm and gentle approach or integrating humor, she works to establish trust and comfort for each family. She aims to create long term relationships with families and values the opportunity to help a client progress through various stages of development.
To her evaluations, Dr. Currie brings a wealth of experience in individual and group therapy, particularly for anxiety-based disorders, and she founded NESCA’s CBT services. This experience allows her to write more detailed and individualized therapeutic recommendations that take both the learning and emotional profiles into consideration. She also has extensive experience in parent and school consultation and training, and works to take a whole system into consideration when conceptualizing a child’s needs and writing recommendations. She frequently observes children at school and participates at IEP meetings.
Dr. Currie received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University, where her studies centered on children and families. She has worked in a variety of outpatient and school settings.
During her free time Dr. Currie enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys, and cockapoo. She also enjoys running and serves on the board of directors at her children’s school.
Currie, A.M., (2016, October)Stressed-Out Students – How to Identify and Manage Anxiety in Kids and Teens. Workshop Co-Sponsored by NESCA and Milestones Pediatric Therapy Center, Bedford, NH.
Currie, A.M., (2016, October)The Impact of Anxiety and Self-Regulation on Learning and Behavior - Understanding the “Unmotivated” Student. Professional Development Workshop Presented for Norwood Public Schools, Norwood, MA.
Currie, A.M., (2016, October) "I can't think when I'm stressed!" – Understanding the Impact of Anxiety on Self-Regulation, Learning, and Daily Living, and How to Help Students Succeed. Professional Development Workshop Presented for the Seacoast Learning Collaborative, Brentwood, NH.
Currie, A.M., Andre, M.C., Chase, D., & Gould, H. (2016, March). Anxiety Treatments: Alternatives to Medication. Workshop Co-Sponsored by The Academy Metrowest & NESCA, Natick, MA.
Currie, A.M. (2016, March). “Why is he so unmotivated?!” The Impact of Anxiety on Executive Function, Attention, and Learning. Professional Development Workshop Presented for The Education Collaborative, Walpole, MA.
Currie, A.M. (2016, February). Self-Regulation and Learning – How Executive Function and Anxiety Intersect, and How Teachers Can Effectively Support Their Development. Professional Development Workshop Presented for The Education Collaborative, Walpole, MA
Currie, A.M. (2016, January). Stressed-out Students – How to Recognize, Manage, and Reduce Anxiety in Children and Teens. Workshop sponsored by the Tyngsboro Special Education Parent Advisory Council, Tyngsboro, MA.
Currie, A.M. & Monaghan-Blout, S. (2015, December). Anxiety in the School Setting – Identification, Management, and Intervention. Professional Development Workshop Presented for the Wachusett Public Schools.
Currie, A.M. (2015, October). Stressed-out Students – How to Recognize, Manage, and Reduce Anxiety in Children and Teens. Workshop sponsored by the Triton District Special Education Parent Advisory Council, Newbury, MA.
Currie, A.M. (2015, September). “I can’t think when I’m stressed!” – Understanding the Relationship between Anxiety and Executive Function, and How to Help. Workshop sponsored by the Ivy Street School, Brookline, MA.
Currie, A.M. (2015, April). Stressed-out Students. Workshop presented for the Milton Special Education Parent Advisory Council, Milton, MA.
Currie, A.M. (2015, March). Evaluating Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Children and Adolescents. Invited lecture at Boston University School of Education, Boston, MA.
Moor, M., Currie, A.M. et. al. (2014, October). Come and Ask the Experts. Workshop sponsored by the North Andover Parent Advisory Council, North Andover, MA.
Currie, A.M. (2014, October). Stressed, Confused, and Overwhelmed – How to Recognize and Support Anxiety in Teenagers. Workshop presented at Proctor Academy, Andover, NH.
Currie, A.M. (2014, October). “I can’t do it!” – Understanding the Relationship between Dyslexia and Anxiety, and How to Help. Workshop presented at the Massachusetts Branch of the International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference, Framingham, MA.
Currie, A.M., Overbye, C., et. al. (2014, October). Students Under Stress. Panel discussion co-sponsored by NESCA and Hunnewell Education Group, Wellesley, MA.
Monaghan-Blout, S. & Currie, A.M. (2014, March). Anxiety in the School Setting – Identification, Management, and Intervention. Workshop presented for the Wachusett Special Education Parent Advisory Council, Wachusett, MA.
Helmus, A. & Currie, A.M. (2014, February). Tips for Helping you Child Achieve Academic Success at Home. Workshop presented for Parent to Parent, North Andover, MA.