Neuropsychology Services

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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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SUSAN BREFACH, ED.D.
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Londonderry Office; Newton Office

Dr. Brefach is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist who has worked with children and families for over 30 years. She is dedicated to being an advocate for each child she sees, and providing an independent, objective, and comprehensive picture of that child’s learning style and educational needs.

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ZACHARY COTTRELL, PSY.D., LMHC
Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellow
Newton Office

Formerly a therapist, Dr. Cottrell has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and emerging adults as an LMHC in community, college, private practice, and hospital settings. At NESCA, he provides thorough and in-depth neuropsychological evaluations in order to support youth to not only develop, but also to maximize, their potential.

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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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Gibbons
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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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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Kulis
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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Monaghan-Blout
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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Roosa
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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Talamo
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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Tankle
REVA S. TANKLE, PH.D.
Pediatric Neuropsychologist
Plainville Office; Newton 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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Therapy Services

Conway
RYAN RUTH CONWAY, PSY.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Newton Office

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.

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CARLY EDELSTEIN, B.S.
Social Work Intern
Newton Office

Carly Edelstein is an advanced graduate student studying social work at Simmons University. She has expertise in the areas of counseling, executive function coaching, and therapeutic coaching for clients throughout the lifespan.

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Girard
REBECCA GIRARD, LICSW, CAS
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Newton Office

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.

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Transition Services

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KELLEY CHALLEN, ED.M., CAS
Director of Transition Services
Newton Office; Londonderry 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 KARLON, M.A.
Transition Specialist
Londonderry Office

Dina 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 community-based skills coaching services in New Hampshire as well as postsecondary planning consultation to students and families throughout New England.

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Pignone
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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Integrative Treatment Services

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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McCowan
ANN-NOELLE MCCOWAN, M.S., RYT
Guidance Counselor; Yoga Specialist

Therapeutic yoga instructor Ann-Noelle McCowan has spent the past fourteen years working with students, primarily as a middle school counselor.

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Pelletier
HOLLY PELLETIER, L.AC.
Licensed Acupuncturist

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.

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Administration

Chatterjee
AMANDA CHATTERJEE
Accounting Manager
ASHLEE COOPER
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
Jensen
MELISSA JENSEN
Office Manager; Newton Office
Kennedy
ALEX KENNEDY
Administrator; Newton & Plainville Offices
MacInnis
STEPHANIE MACINNIS
Administrator; Londonderry Office