NESCA Founder and Director Ann Helmus, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist who has been practicing for many years. A highly-skilled clinician, consultant and compelling speaker, she is prominent locally and in high demand internationally.
A senior clinician at NESCA since its inception in 2007, Dr. McCormick mainly sees individuals with autism spectrum disorders from grade six through grad school. He has a particular interest in the often difficult transition from high school to college.
Dr. Monaghan-Blout specializes in the assessment of clients with complex learning and emotional issues. She has a particular interest in working with adopted children and their families, as well as those impacted by traumatic experiences.
Dr. Roosa has been performing neuropsychological evaluations of children since 1997. Her thorough assessments are particularly appropriate for children with complex profiles and those whose presentations do not fit neatly into any one diagnostic box.
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.
Dr. Gibbons evaluates children presenting with a range of attentional, learning, and developmental disabilities. She has a particular interest in children with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities, and those with complex medical histories.
Dr. Currie specializes in the evaluation of emotional disorders in children and adolescents, anxiety in particular, conducting both neuropsychological and projective assessments. She also sees clients in NESCA’s Londonderry, New Hampshire office.
Dr. Tankle is clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in assessment of children age seven through young adulthood with ADHD, Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome and brain injury to provide understanding of the child's learning profile and recommendations for educational needs.
Dr. Kulis graduated from the Univ. of Massachusetts Magna Cum Laude as a Commonwealth Scholar, and earned her doctorate at Mass. School of Professional Psychology. She sees children with developmental, intellectual, learning and executive functioning challenges.
In hospital, clinic and school settings, Dr. Geragosian has had diverse clinical experience working with children and adolescents presenting with a wide range of cognitive, learning, social, emotional and developmental challenges, including autism spectrum disorders.
Dr. Conway specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), behavioral interventions and other evidence-based treatments for children, adolescents and young adults who struggle with mood and anxiety disorders as well as behavioral challenges. She also has extensive experience working with parents and collaborating with school personnel.
Ms. Girard has been working with children and families for over a decade. She specializes in creative and novel interventions for children on the autism spectrum, anxiety disorders, social phobia and PTSD.
An expert transition specialist, Kelley Challen directs NESCA’s person-centered and highly individualized transition services. She specializes in comprehensive assessment, vocational/life skill assessment for students with complex disabilities, planning/prep for college-bound students, and consultation, program development, and/or case management regarding post-12th grade programming.
Kathleen Pignone is a deeply knowledgeable and experienced transition specialist with unique expertise in vocational assessment, employment planning, and school-based program design for adolescents and young adults with a wide range of learning and emotional needs.
Marilyn Weber is a seasoned parent consultant and advocate specialized in transition issues involving adolescents and young adults. She offers community-based skills coaching services as well as short-term consultation to families and fellow professionals.
Dr. Sophie Bellenis is Licensed Occupational Therapist in Massachusetts, specializing in pediatrics and occupational therapy in the developing world. Dr. Bellenis joined NESCA in the fall of 2017 to offer community-based skills coaching services as well as social skills coaching as part of NESCA’s transition team.
Therapeutic yoga instructor Ann-Noelle McCowan has spent the past fourteen years working with students, primarily as a middle school counselor.
Holly has a very gentle technique and has specific training in non-insertive acupuncture styles, which does not require needling directly into the skin. Acupuncture is great for many different concerns because it’s focus is that of bringing balance back to a body where this has been disrupted.
If you’re looking for a thorough and comprehensive transition assessment and/or consult on other options, try NESCA. They are pricey, but worth it and do excellent follow up consulting with Teams. If you don’t need the whole bundle, they can help with recommending other appropriate evaluators…
- Educational Advocate