Neuropsychology and Therapy 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.

Dr. Helmus is not accepting new patients.

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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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MOIRA CREEDON, PH.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Newton Office

Dr. Creedon has expertise in evaluating children and teens with a variety of presenting issues. She is interested in uncovering an individual’s unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses to best formulate a plan for intervention and success. With experiences providing therapy and assessments, Dr. Creedon bridges the gap between testing data and therapeutic services to develop a clear roadmap for change and deeper of understanding of individual needs.

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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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LAUREN HALLADAY, PH.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Newton Office

Dr. Halladay conducts comprehensive evaluations of toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children with a wide range of developmental, behavioral, and emotional concerns. She particularly enjoys working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and complex medical conditions. She has experience working in schools, as well as outpatient and inpatient hospital settings. She is passionate about optimizing outcomes for children with neurodevelopmental disabilities by providing evidence-based, family-oriented care.

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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.
Therapist; 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.

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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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MIRANDA MILANA, PSY.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Plainville Office

Dr. Miranda Milana provides comprehensive evaluation services for children and adolescents with a wide range of concerns, including attention deficit disorders, communication disorders, intellectual disabilities, and learning disabilities. She particularly enjoys working with children and their families who have concerns regarding an autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Milana has received specialized training on the administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).

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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.

Dr. Monaghan-Blout is not accepting new patients. 

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FERNE PINARD, PH.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Newton Office

Dr. Pinard provides comprehensive evaluation services for children, adolescents, and young adults with learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders (ADHD), and psychiatric disorders as well as complex medical histories and neurological conditions. She has expertise in assessing children and adolescents with childhood cancer as well as neuro-immunological disorders, including opsoclonus-myoclonus-ataxia syndrome (“dancing eyes syndrome”), central nervous system vasculitis, Hashimoto’s encephalopathy, lupus, auto-immune encephalitis, multiple sclerosis (MS), acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), and acute transverse myelitis (ATM), and optic neuritis.

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MAGGIE RODRIGUEZ, PSY.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Newton Office

Dr. Rodriguez specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological and psychological evaluation services for children, adolescents, and young adults who have complex presentations and do not fit neatly into one diagnostic “box.” She particularly enjoys working with individuals who have concerns about attention and executive functioning, language-based learning disorders, and those with overlapping cognitive and social/emotional difficulties. Her extensive experience as an outpatient therapist uniquely qualifies Dr. Rodriguez to support students who are struggling emotionally in addition to learning and cognitive difficulties.

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NANCY ROOSA, PSY.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Newton Office

Nancy Roosa, Psy.D. has been engaged in providing neuropsychological evaluations for children since 1997. She enjoys working with a range of children, particularly those with autism spectrum disorders, as well as children with attentional issues, executive function deficits, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, or other social, emotional or behavioral problems.

Dr. Roosa is not accepting new patients.

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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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Transition Services

KELLEY CHALLEN, ED.M., CAS
Director of Transition Services; NESCA Assistant Director
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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JASMINE BADAMO, MA
Educational Counselor; Executive Function Tutor
Newton Office

Jasmine Badamo is a licensed special educator and seasoned executive function coach. She supports a wide range of clients, ranging from age 7 to adulthood, to develop executive function and independence skills necessary for success with school (including college and graduate school) and in life. She is also uniquely qualified to coach parents and train educators to support EF skill development across settings.

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SOPHIE BELLENIS, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist;
Real-life Skills Program Manager and 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 full-time in the fall of 2019 to offer transition assessment, occupational therapy assessment and treatment services as well as to oversee the Real-Life Skills Coaching program as part of NESCA’s transition team.

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TABITHA MONAHAN, MA, CAGS, CRC
Transition Specialist/Counselor
Newton and Plainville Offices

Tabitha Monahan, MA, CAGS, CRC, is an experienced transition evaluator and vocational counselor. While she is well-versed in supporting a wide range of transition-aged youth, she is especially passionate and knowledgeable in helping clients and their families navigate the complex systems of adult services and benefits as well as medical and mental health systems. She is further adept in working individually with students of all abilities to empower self-advocacy and goal achievement.

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KRISTEN SIMON, M.ED, ED.S
Transition Specialist; Psychoeducational Counselor
Newton Office

At NESCA, Mrs. Simon works as a transition specialist and psychoeducational counselor. She works with adolescents, their families, and their school communities to identify and build the skills necessary to achieve their postsecondary goals. Mrs. Simon provides transition assessment (including testing, functional evaluations, and observations), program observations and evaluations, case management and consultation, and individualized counseling and skills coaching.

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LYNDSAY WOOD, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist; Transition Specialist
Newton Office

Dr. Lyndsay Wood is an occupational therapist and transition specialist who focuses on helping students and young adults with disabilities to build meaningful skills in order to reach their goals. Lyndsay uses occupation-based assessments, interventions and strategies to develop life skills, executive functioning, emotional regulation, and other key transition-related skills. She focuses on hands-on, occupation-based learning that is tailored the client’s goals and interests.

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language Services

JESSICA HANNA, MS, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Plainville Office

Jessica Hanna has over 10 years of pediatric OT experience in conducting assessments and providing treatment of children and adolescents with a broad range of challenges and disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, visual impairments, cerebral palsy, executive function deficits and developmental disorders of motor function.

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OLIVIA ROGERS, MA, CF-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Newton Office

Olivia Rogers evaluates and treats children from 2-18 years of age presenting with a wide range of diagnoses (e.g., language delays and disorders, speech sound disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, autism spectrum disorder, social communication disorder, and Down syndrome). Ms. Rogers enjoys making sure therapy is fun and tailored to each client’s interests.

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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
Health & Life Coach; 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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DANIELLE SUGRUE, M.S.
Yoga Instructor

Since her first yoga class at age 17, yoga has been a big part of Ms. Sugrue’s life. She loves the practice and the way it makes people feel. Upon completion of her schooling, she went to Costa Rica to become trained as a yoga instructor. She believes that combining yoga with counseling creates space to move freely and express any emotions. Yoga has taught her how to become more mindful and find peace from within rather than looking for external factors to help manage stress and anxiety and enjoys teaching others the same.

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Administration

CHRISTINA COLANTINIO
Intake Coordinator; Newton Office
JANE HAUSER
Director of Marketing & Outreach; Newton Office
CRYSTAL JEAN
Administrator; Newton & Plainville Offices
STEPHANIE MACINNIS
Administrator; Londonderry Office