Neuropsychology Services

ANN HELMUS, PH.D
Director; Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Newton Office

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.

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YVONNE M. ASHER, PH.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Londonderry Office; Newton Office

Dr. Asher enjoys working with a wide range of children and teens, including those with autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, attention difficulties and executive functioning deficits. She works with children whose complex profiles are not easily captured by a single label or diagnosis. She has a passion for helping young children and parents navigate their “first touch” with mental health care or developmental concerns.

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ANGELA M. CURRIE, PH.D.
NH Director, Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Londonderry Office

Dr. Currie specializes in the evaluation of anxious children and teens, working to tease apart the various factors lending to their stress, such as underlying learning, attentional, or emotional challenges. She 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.

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MIRIAM DREYER, PH.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist Fellow
Newton Office

Dr. Dreyer joins NESCA with wide-ranging experience in providing testing and therapy to children and adolescents in hospital, university, school and community-based mental health settings. Having worked for more than a decade as an educator and then a therapist, Dr. Dreyer is passionate about evaluating and supporting individuals with complex emotional and learning presentations.

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JESSICA GERAGOSIAN, PSY.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Londonderry Office

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.

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ERIN GIBBONS, PH.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Plainville Office; Newton Office

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.

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CYNTHIA HESS, PSY.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist Fellow
Londonderry Office

Dr. Cynthia Hess recently graduated from Rivier University with a Psy.D. in Counseling and School Psychology. Previously, she earned an M.A. from Antioch New England in Applied Psychology. She also worked as an elementary school counselor and school psychologist for 15 years before embarking on her doctorate. Currently, Dr. Hess is a second-year post-doctoral fellow in pediatric neuropsychological assessment, working with NESCA Londonderry’s Dr. Angela Currie and Dr. Jessica Geragosian.

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CAROLINE KLEEMAN, PSY.M.
Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellow
Newton Office

Caroline Kleeman is a pediatric neuropsychology fellow interested in the evaluation of children with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, learning disorders, and executive functioning difficulties.  With experience assessing children of all ages, she particularly enjoys working with preschool and elementary learners.

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AMITY KULIS, PSY.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Newton Office

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.

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RENÉE MARCHANT, PSY.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Newton Office

Dr. Marchant is a pediatric neuropsychologist who specializes in neurodevelopmental evaluation, early diagnosis of autism and psychological/projective testing. She has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings and is passionate about understanding the effects of family, peer, and cultural factors on youth who present with complex trauma histories and high-risk behaviors.

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JASON MCCORMICK, PSY.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Newton Office

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.

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STEPHANIE MONAGHAN-BLOUT, Psy.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Newton Office

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.

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NANCY ROOSA, PSY.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Newton Office

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.

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ALISSA TALAMO, PH.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Newton Office

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.

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REVA S. TANKLE, PH.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Plainville 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.

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Transition Services

KELLEY CHALLEN, ED.M., CAS
Director of Transition Services
Newton Office

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.

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DINA DIGREGORIO KARLON, M.A.
Transition Specialist
Londonderry Office; Newton Office

Dina DiGregorio Karlon, M.A., is a seasoned counselor who has worked as both a school counselor and vocational rehabilitation counselor, guiding and coaching students and adults through transitions toward independence in both college and the working world. She offers transition assessment services in New Hampshire as well as transition planning consultation and coaching to students and families throughout New England. She also has specialized training in providing sexual health education to students with special needs.

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KATHLEEN PIGNONE, M.ED., CRC
Transition Specialist
Newton Office

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.

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SOPHIE BELLENIS, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist; Community-Based Skills Coach
Newton Office

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.

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Consultation and Educational Services

DOT LUCCI, M.ED., CAGS
Director of Consultation & Psychoeducational Services
Newton Office; Plainville Office; Londonderry Office

Dot Lucci is a national consultant and speaker who specializes in program design and the inclusion of children and adolescents with special needs, especially those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Dot directs NESCA’s consultation services to public and private schools, colleges and universities, businesses, and community agencies. She also provides psychoeducational counseling directly to students and parents.

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Integrative Treatment Services - Newton Office

BILLY DEMIRI, CPT
Certified Personal Trainer

Billy offers Personal and Social Coaching (PSC) at NESCA. Billy has several fitness certifications including: NSCA-CPT (National Strength Condition Association- Certified Personal Trainer) Certified and Autism Fit Certified.

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MEGHAN MEADE, L.Ac., MAOM, MS PREP, CYT
Licensed Acupuncturist; Certified Yoga Teacher

In her clinical practice, Meghan integrates both Eastern and Western perspectives to provide treatments unique to each patient’s needs and endeavors to empower patients to move forward on their paths to not just feeling good, but feeling like their true selves. In addition to her work as a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, Meghan serves as adjunct faculty at MCPHS and is a certified yoga teacher.

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Administration

LESLIE LEON
Accounting Manager
MELISSA JENSEN
Office Manager; Newton Office
CATHERINE JENNER
Administrator; Newton & Plainville Offices
STEPHANIE MACINNIS
Administrator; Londonderry Office
JANE HAUSER
Director of Marketing & Outreach; Newton Office
ABBY
Office Dog & Joy Maker; Newton Office