Board of Directors

 Executive Committee  


Mary Coakley-Welch

Mary Coakley-Welch, Ph.D. is a graduate of Smith College, earned an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire, and earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno campus. She completed her Internship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center/Worcester State Hospital and completed her Neuropsychology Post-doctoral Fellowship at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital.  She works in private practice in Lexington, providing Neuropsychological Evaluations for children and adults.  She specializes in evaluation of ADHD and learning disabilities; intellectual giftedness co-occurring with learning disability, attention disorder, or other developmental condition; and differential diagnosis of early dementia versus developmental condition in later middle age/older adults.  Before moving into independent private practice in 2004, she evaluated inpatients on Clinton Hospital’s Geropsychiatry Unit; inpatients and outpatients at New England Rehabilitation Hospital; and provided evaluations and clinical staff consultation at the Hallowell Center, (a multidisciplinary outpatient center specializing in ADHD, LD, and mood disorders).  She is a member of APA American Psychological Association), APA Society for Clinical Neuropsychology/Division 40,  and MPA (Massachusetts Psychological Association).  She is the Manager of the MNS Healthcare Reform Committee and chaired the 2016 Science Symposium.  She served on the MNS Board previously from 2010-2013 as a Member at Large, when she was a member of the Education Committee, co-founded the MNS Speakers Bureau, and co-chaired the 2011 Science Symposium.

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Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, Psy.D.

Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, Psy.D. received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology at Antioch New England Graduate School. She completed a joint internship through the departments of Pediatric Neuropsychology and Child Psychiatry at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY, and did her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at HealthSouth/Braintree Hospital in Braintree, MA. Dr. Monaghan-Blout has worked in private practice since 2002 and currently is a senior neuropsychologist at NESCA (Neuropsychological and Educational Services for Children and Adolescents) specializing in the evaluation of children with complex learning and emotional issues. She is a member of the interdisciplinary Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative group which is jointly sponsored by Massachusetts Advocates for Children and the Harvard Law Project, and is collaborating with that group to write an interdisciplinary guide for conducting trauma informed evaluations.

President-Elect & Secretary

Lori Azzaria, Psy.D.

Lori Azzara, Psy.D. received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University (New England Graduate School), and holds a BS in Elementary and Special Education from Boston University, and a M.Ed. in School Psychology from Boston State College. She completed her internship in neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology at the Bedford Veterans Administration Hospital and completed the equivalent of a two-year post-doc experience in neuropsychology at Tewksbury Hospital. Lori is currently employed full-time at North Shore Community College as a tenured professor and chairperson of the Behavioral Science Department and currently operates a small private practice specializing in neuropsychological assessments for adolescents and adults, including evaluations of capacity. Her research interests are in the area of test development, and Mild Cognitive Impairment and Traumatic Brain Injury, especially with the combat veterans. In addition to MNS, Dr. Azzara is also a member of APA, INS, and MPA.


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Brendan C. Lynch, Ph.D.  is an adult neuropsychologist who received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Stonehill College. Later, he earned his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tulsa. He completed his neuropsychology internship training at Yale Medical School where he performed rotations in adult inpatient, geriatric memory disorders and traumatic brain injury clinics. He subsequently completed his post-doctoral neuropsychology training at the Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lynch is currently employed at Child & Family Psychological Services/Integrated Behavioral Associates. Dr. Lynch conducts assessments for adults and older adults with neurological injuries or diseases, medical conditions that affect cognition, attentional difficulties, and emotional problems that can impact relationships, work or social functioning. Dr. Lynch also specializes in the neuropsychological assessment of geriatric clients with memory disorders and other neurological and medical conditions that can impact cognition in these individuals. Dr. Lynch has a particular interest in the relationship between cognition and independent living skills within the older adult population. Dr. Lynch also evaluates and consults on issues related to capacity, safety, decision making, and appropriate levels of care with clients, providers, and caregivers.


Kelly Karl, Psy.D.

Kelly C. Karl, Psy.D. completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York and she earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut. She completed her predoctoral residency at Dartmouth Medical School and completed one year of postdoctoral residency in pediatric neuropsychology at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Karl completed an additional year of postdoctoral residency in pediatric neuropsychology at Boston Neuropsychological Services (BNS). She remained with BNS as the Director of Training until 2012 and she remained on staff through 2013. In 2012 Dr. Karl returned to providing hospital based care at Franciscan Hospital for Children, where she treated children from both the inpatient and outpatient departments. Dr. Karl also provided supervision to APA interns during her tenure at FHC. Dr. Karl continued to consult with the Pediatric Neurology Department at BMC while employed at BNS and FHC. In 2016, Dr. Karl transitioned to private practice in the Longwood Medical area. Dr. Karl provides neuropsychological and psychological evaluations for children and young adults, and specializes in the evaluation of head injuries and seizure disorders. Her other areas of interest include medically complex children, ADHD, neurodevelopmental disabilities, and mood/anxiety disorders. In addition to MNS, she is also a member of APA (Division 40) and NAN.



Flannery Murphy Geier, Psy.D.

Flannery Murphy Geier, Psy.D. received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Middlebury College in 2007 and earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto, California in 2014. She completed internship training at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH where she specialized in neuropsychology in addition to post-deployment mental health. Dr. Geier completed her postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Geier has joined a private practice in South Deerfield. She is interested in focusing on the challenges of neuropsychologists outside the greater Boston area and exploring how to maintain a favorable practice climate for practitioners in western Massachusetts. She has special interests in posttraumatic stress, therapeutic assessment, and cognitive remediation.


Thomas Laudate, Ph.D.

Thomas Laudate, Ph.D. is a Clinical Neuropsychologist in the adult neurology department at Tufts Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of neurology and psychiatry at Tufts Medical School. He earned his Ph.D. at Boston University.  He trained as a neuropsychology fellow at the Harvard Partners Consortium in Clinical Neuropsychology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and as a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, and Psychological Services Center at Boston University. He has published research on the topics of visual correlates of functional difficulties in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.


Patricia Lee, Ph.D.

Patricia Lee, Ph.D. is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who currently evaluates children in the Division of Pediatric Neurology at the Floating Hospital for Children.  She completed her graduate studies in clinical psychology at UMass Boston.  She trained at the Mailman Center for Child Development in Miami, Florida for her predoctoral internship and completed her postdoctoral residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center.  Prior to her career in psychology, Patricia was a reading specialist and has a background in learning disabilities.  She has special interests in cognitive sequelae related to medical and neurological conditions, and her dissertation focused on coping styles among Asian American adults with acquired brain injuries.  She is also a member of APA Divisions 40 & 22 as well as NAN.


Hope Schreiber, Psy.D., ABPP/CN is Director of the Neuropsychology Program at Tufts Medical Center and Director of  Psychology Training in the Psychiatry Department. She completed undergraduate work at the University of Rochester, a MEd at Boston University, and PsyD at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She received her board certification in 2000. Dr. Schreiber worked for nine years at Charles River Hospital where she both did individual and family therapy as well as becoming Director of Neuropsychology. She then began at Tufts Medical Center in 1993 and has focused on clinical work and research, as well as administration. She sees older children and adults throughout the lifespan, valuing close collaboration with a large number of physicians and other health professions in a genera medical hospital. Areas of research interest include adults with learning and other neurodevelopmental disorders, the accuracy of self-assessment of mild dementia in HIV+ individuals, and late effects in cognition in adolescents and young adults who have had childhood cancer. Dr. Schreiber also has a small private practice in Newton.


Jeffrey Sheer, Ph.D.

Jeffrey B. Sheer, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist in private practice in Charlestown, MA.  His clinical interests include general practice in adult neuropsychology with a focus on stroke and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation. He also provides inpatient consultation services to both Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Boston, where he has been credentialed since 2002, and the Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Care in Cambridge.  Dr. Sheer completed his undergraduate degree at Boston College, and attained Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia.  He completed his internship in Neuropsychology at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Glen Oaks, NY, and a two year post-doc at the Harvard Partners Consortium with rotations through MGH, BWH, and SRH. Dr. Sheer has been an active member of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society Professional Affairs Committee since 2007, and currently serves as the Co-Chair.


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Emily Wilner, Psy.D. is a neuropsychology fellow at Cambridge Health Alliance and a licensed psychologist. She received her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. She completed internship training at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston University School of Medicine. Her research and clinical interests include multicultural neuropsychology, the assessment of Spanish-speaking populations, the integration of neuropsychology in primary care, and collaborative/therapeutic assessment.

Student Members  

Student Member

Erica Appleman

Erica Appleman, M.A. completed her undergraduate degree at Boston University in 2009 and is now a 5th year student in Boston University’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She works under the joint mentorship team of Dr. Alice Cronin-Golomb in the Vision and Cognition Lab and Dr. Rhoda Au and the neuropsychology group of the Framingham Heart Study. Her research involves studying Parkinson’s disease in the FHS epidemiological dataset, particularly cognitive functioning, mood, and clinical biomarkers. She also has research interests in sleep and cognition and published a book chapter on the effects of changing school start times on student sleep habits. She has completed a neuropsychology practicum with the Cognitive Neurology Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Previously, she completed a neuropsychology practicum at the VA Boston Healthcare System and received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at BU’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Erica coordinates the Boston University chapter of the Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST), inviting speakers to share their clinical and research experiences with students throughout the Boston area. In addition to MNS, Erica is a member of APA Division 20 and Division 40, as well as the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.

Student Member

Sagar S. Lad, M.S.

Sagar S. Lad, M.S. completed his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University in 2009 and is now a 3rd year student at William James College (WJC) Clinical Psychology PsyD program. For short, he is referred to as “Sag.” He works for two private practices as a psychometrician, NESCA and Sports Concussion New England. His area of research involves memory, and executive functioning, in particular in the study of time perception among elderly individuals who are exhibiting early pre-clinical symptomology of mild cognitive impairment. He also has an interest in multicultural and bilingual neuropsychology specifically in the South Asian Indian American population. He is currently completing a neuropsychology practicum with Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and will be pursuing an advanced neuropsychology practicum with Neurology at Boston Medical Center for his next rotation. In conjunction with pursuing a doctoral degree, Sag is a Co-Chair of his student government (Student Coordinating Committee) at WJC, is an APAGAS Ambassador, and a Blood Drive Coordinator for the American Red Cross. In addition to MNS, Sag is a member of APA Division 2 (Society for Teaching Psychology), Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), Division 55 (American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy), Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA), National Academy Of Neuropsychology (NAN), and Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS). Lastly, Sag’s hobbies include photography, and traveling. He is also an avid racer for Spartan Race, Inc., and Tough Mudder Inc.



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