Lori Azzara, Psy.D. earned 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.
Joseph Moldover, Psy.D., ABPP/CN is a clinical psychologist with specialty training in developmental neuropsychology. He is board certified in clinical neuropsychology through the American Academy of Professional Psychology/Clinical Neuropsychology and served as postdoctoral fellow at the Children’s Evaluation Center in Newton, MA. His independent practice is located in Wellesley. Dr. Moldover is a prior member of the MNS Board of Directors; he is also a member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPS) and of the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 40 (Neuropsychology).
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.
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.
John Miner, Psy.D. first worked as an instructor of composition and English literature at the University of Toronto. He taught English as a Second Language in Germany for two years, then returned to the U.S. to pursue training in guidance counseling and subsequently school psychology. He has worked in this capacity for several school systems, finally ending his career in June, 2016. His neuropsychological training began mid-career when he returned for a doctorate at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (now William James College), specializing in geriatrics. For his post-doctorate he joined the psychology staff at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, training under the late Larry Seidman, Ph.D. He has continued on staff there as an instructor part-time of adult neuropsychology. In his private practice, John sees child and adult clients for psychological, neuropsychological, and educational assessments and consults to several school systems. His publications pertain to geriatric mental health, retirement, resilience, and the economics of long-term care.
Katherine Gamble, Psy.D. is a graduate of Oberlin College, earned an M.Ed. in Counseling from Boston College, and earned her Psy.D. in Neuropsychology from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology. She completed her neuropsychology post-doctoral fellowship at Healthsouth Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital. Katherine currently runs a private practice in Brookline, providing neuropsychological evaluations and educational consulting for children aged one and up. She has worked for many years assessing the needs of children with developmental disabilities, genetic disorders, complex medical profiles, and learning disabilities. She specializes in working with very young children and with children of all ages who have developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and other complex presentations. She often follows children from preschool through to adulthood. She is a member of APA American Psychological Association), APA Society for Clinical Neuropsychology/Division 40, and MPA (Massachusetts Psychological Association).
Flannery Murphy Geier, Psy.D. earned 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 and post-deployment mental health. Dr. Geier completed her postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Geier works at Pioneer Valley Psychological Assessment in South Deerfield, where she serves adolescent and adults. She is interested in focusing on the challenges of neuropsychologists outside the greater Boston area with a goal of maintaining a favorable practice climate for practitioners in western Massachusetts. She has special interests in posttraumatic stress, therapeutic assessment, and cognitive remediation and has published a book chapter on adult AD/HD.
Thomas Laudate, Ph.D. is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Training Director of neuropsychology 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. Dr. Laudate was a neuropsychology fellow at the Harvard Partners Consortium in Clinical Neuropsychology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders as well as 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. 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.
Viktoriya Samarina, Ph.D. is a Clinical Neuropsychologist at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA. She works primarily with adults and older adults in the general outpatient clinic and the Memory Disorders Program. She earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University in Palo Alto, California in 2014. She completed her internship training at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH where she specialized in neuropsychology and substance use. Dr. Samarina completed her postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, AZ. She has special interests in neurodegenerative diseases, movement disorders, and cognitive sequelae related to DBS surgery. She is also a member of Women Advancing In Medicine group at Baystate Medical Center.
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.
Jenifer Walkowiak, Ph.D. is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who currently evaluates children and adolescents in the Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN; Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics) within the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. She is also an Assistant Professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at Tufts Medical School and serves as the Psychology/Neuropsychology Training Director within the CCSN. Dr. Walkowiak earned her doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin and completed her pre-doctoral internship at The University of Minnesota Medical School within the departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry. Following internship, Dr. Walkowiak completed her postdoctoral residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington DC. Prior to joining the CCSN, Dr. Walkowiak completed neuropsychological evaluations and supervised advanced practicum students/externs, APA matched pre-doctoral interns, and fellows at the Watson Institute in Pittsburgh, PA. Currently within the CCSN, Dr. Walkowiak conducts neuropsychological evaluations with children and adolescents with complex and multiple neurodevelopmental disorders. She has a special interest in children with social competence difficulties and executive function disorders. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) and International Neuropsychological Society.
Joe Boscarino, B.A. completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in neuroscience at Ramapo College of New Jersey. His interest in the brain and behavior stemmed from his undergraduate experience as a research assistant conducting electrophysiological research investigating sex differences in excitatory post synaptic response to exogenous cannabinoid receptor activation. He is currently a 2nd year student at William James College in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program. His clinical and research interests lie in medical neuropsychology, traumatic brain injury, substance use disorders, and military psychology. His current practicum placement is at the Neuropsychology Assessment Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and he is training as a psychometrician for Neuropsychology New England and Sports Concussion New England. At present, he is also a student member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Psychological Association. He has worked as a research assistant at Harvard University as a part of the NIMH Research Domain Criteria initiative, and is currently involved as a collaborator on a Department of Defense grant through the Geisinger Clinic.
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.
Randal Williams, M.A. has completed his first year as a Psy.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England. In 2017 he began a practicum placement with the supervision of Dr. Paul Malloy at Butler Hospital at Brown University in RI, to gain experience in a neuropsychology clinic. His interest in the field of brain and behavior stems from twenty years as a mind-body educator and observing how important the nervous system is in the process of learning. Research interests include improving quality of care by way of evidence-based yet humanistic protocol and serving the neuro cognitive needs of aging adults. He is involved with MNS to access this specialized professional community as a complement to his studies and help guide him towards a more purposeful career. In addition to MNS, Randal is a member of AACN, INS, NAN, APA DIV's 40, APAGS, and is a campus student rep for MPA. Originally from Newfoundland, Canada, Randal loves walking barefoot outdoors on trails and serves his local community as a mind-body instructor n the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. He completed a Master's degree in Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, ON, (1994) and an H.B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Film as Literature at the University of Western Ontario, in London, ON, Canada.
Tues Apr 2, 2019: "Inclusion of Students with Disabilities" Prof. Donna Lehr, Attorney Julia Landau, Dr. Joe Moldover
Tues May 14, 2019: MNS Science Symposium: "Neuropsychology, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and Psychosis:The Life-Works and Legacies of Dr. Larry Seidman" by Drs. William Stone and Martha Shenton (Location: Bentley College)
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Continuing Education Lecture Location: Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, 1575 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 Room: Culliane Center