Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, Psy.D.

Director of Therapy Services; Trauma-informed Therapist

Dr. Stephanie Monaghan-Blout is a senior clinician who joined NESCA at its inception in 2007. She specializes in the neuropsychological and psychological assessment of children and adolescents with complex learning and emotional issues and enjoys consulting to schools on these issues. Her responsibilities at NESCA also include acting as Clinical Coordinator, overseeing therapeutic services, providing therapy and psychoeducational counseling and, in the time of the COVID-19 crisis, providing teletherapy to parents and teens.

In her early career as an adolescent and family therapist, Dr. Monaghan-Blout became very interested in the needs of those contending with traumatic experiences. She brought that interest to her work as a pediatric neuropsychologist and continues to be passionate about treating this population. She has developed an expertise in working with adoptive children and others who have experienced early trauma. She is a longtime member of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) associated with Massachusetts Advocates for Children and the Harvard Law Clinic and presents nationally and regionally on assessment and treatment of children with complex/developmental trauma.

Dr. Monaghan-Blout graduated from Bowdoin College and received a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from Boston University. She obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School with a dissertation entitled, “A Different Kind of Parent; Resisting the Intergenerational Legacy of Maltreatment.” She completed an internship in pediatric neuropsychology and child psychology at North Shore University Hospital in New York, and a postdoctoral fellowship at HealthSouth/Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital.

She joined Dr. Ann Helmus at Children’s Evaluation Center in 2003, and again at NESCA in 2007. A member of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society Board of Directors from 2010 – 2013 and from 2014-2017, Dr. Monaghan-Blout served in many capacities, including as President. Dr. Monaghan-Blout is the mother and stepmother of four children and the grandmother of six. She is also an avid ice hockey player, cook, gardener and devotee of urban fantasy.

Recent National Presentations:

– Neuropsychological Assessments of Students with Complex Trauma; Helping Developing Brains Get Back on Track. 20th Annual Conference, Council of Parents, Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA)

Recent Local/Regional Presentations (Selected):

– Introduction to Neuropsychological Assessment of School Aged Children: Who, What , When, Why? Tauton SEPAC January 16, 2020

– Autism and Trauma; The Intersection, with Nancy Roosa, Psy.D. Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE) 2019 Daniel Rosenn Connections Conference, November 16, 2019, Coalition to Protect Special Education, March 17, 2020.

– Neuropsychological Assessments of Students with Complex Trauma; Helping Developing Brains Get Back on Track 2.0, RTSC Making a Difference Conference, November 19, 2019

Dr. Monaghan-Blout’s blog posts for NESCA News:

Emerging Psychosis: When to Worry About Your Teen’s Thinking

Why does my neuropsychologist need that? What do the tests measure and why is previous testing important?

Epigenetics; Redefining Nature and Nurture

Understanding Empathy

 

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