What advice would you give to a family who is on the fence about signing up for a learning assessment?
An assessment is an investment of significant time and energy—this is a great opportunity to discuss goals with your family and for your child. Test scores from assessment are an important first step. Interpreting and building an individualized profile comes next to best identify strategies and accommodations. Psychoeducational assessment taps into broad areas of cognition, academic achievement, and social emotional functioning to understand personal learning strengths and styles while also targeting potential disorders or disabilities.
What was your path to becoming a clinical psychologist?
After completing my Bachelors Degree in Psychology, I knew that I wanted to pursue graduate school to learn more about higher education, disability policy, accommodations, and assessment. My academic career provided me with a multifaceted applied and practical understanding of assessment, research, evaluation, and the many ways these skills can be employed to improve the learning process for students and young adults.
Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?
Equity and accessibility have always been important guiding principles for me and in my career path. As a psychologist, I am able to apply assessment and evaluation to greater support accessibility when creating and delivering instructional content. I believe that the possibilities to create concrete opportunities for engagement, representation, action, and expression can be enhanced for all regardless of disability status.