Maria Larino, Ph.D

Maria is a clinical psychologist licensed in NY and CT. She has conducted thousands of assessments of struggling learners, both children and adults. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at St. John's University in NYC. She then earned appointments at NYU Medical School as a Clinical Instructor and Albert Einstein College of Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor. She is a member of the Association for University Professors (AAUP). Her specialties include: learning, neurodevelopmental and academic assessment, psychiatric disorders, and expert witness testimony She is a native speaker of Spanish and has a special Interest in multicultural issues in mental health.

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Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?

I am passionate about helping students with learning differences, because I have a special-needs sister, and thus, have always had a special concern for people who learn differently or have special challenges. My work with children is always guided by how I would want someone to treat my sister or my own child. As a parent myself, I will only advise parents or guardians to do something for their child that I readily would do for mine.

What advice would you give to a family who is on the fence about signing up for a learning assessment?

If a family is on the fence about a learning assessment, I would say there is much to gain from an assessment. We know that the earlier one intervenes, the more effective the intervention and outcome, because the brain is most maleable in the early years. That being said, it is never too late to try to better understand and support your child's learning or emotional health. If nothing is wrong with your child, then have piece of mind! If something needs to remediated, we will guide you in how to do so.

What was your path to becoming a clinical psychologist?

In high school, I was always the friend who people came to for advice, support or encouragment. I originally wanted to be a pediaitrician, but discovered that I did not enjoy chemistry and math enough to go to medical school. I wanted to work with children in a nurturing and healing capacity, so I decided to become a clinical psychologist.

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