Alissa Talamo, Ph.D.

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

With NESCA since its inception in 2007, Dr. Talamo had previously practiced for many years as a child and adolescent clinical psychologist before completing postdoctoral re-training in pediatric neuropsychology at the Children’s Evaluation Center. She was also an adjunct professor at Dean College and a clinical behavioral specialist for Children at Risk.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from Columbia University, Dr. Talamo earned her doctorate in clinical health psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University. She has since completed many continuing education programs and workshops, including:

  • Understanding the Effects of Maltreatment on Early Brain Development
  • Dyslexia, AD/HD and Executive Function: Interventions and Strategies for Children and Adolescents
  • Attention, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the TOVA
  • Multiple Causes of Reading Disabilities: The Contributions of Phonology, Orthography, and Phonics in Weak Decoders (Landmark Series)
  • Gifted Children with Anxiety: What's A Parent (or Teacher) to Do?

She has also given a number of presentations, most recently on “Supporting Students with Working Memory Limitations” (with Bonnie Singer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP of Architects for Learning ) and “Executive Function in Elementary and Middle School Students.”

Dr. Talamo specializes in working with children and adolescents with language-based learning disabilities including dyslexia, attentional disorders and emotional issues. She is particularly interested in, and has worked extensively with, highly gifted children.

Her professional memberships include MAGE (Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education), IDA (International Dyslexia Association), MABIDA (the Massachusetts division of IDA) and MNS (the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society).

She is the mother of one young child.

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I was so excited when I left M's team meeting! The comment from Ms. H., liaison person at (school), after our meeting was, 'If it wasn't for this report and Dr. Talamo's testing the outcome might have been different for M.S. The testing results and her recommendations were so nicely stated and well documented that they would be hard to dispute.' You are indeed an expert professional and do a fantastic assessment.

- T.S., Educational Advocate, Newton, MA