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Diagnosing Students with Language-Based Learning Disabilities: The Critical Role of Neuropsychological Testing – Spotlight Session, Fall 2021


  • Type: Spotlight Session
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Attendance: Live, attendance required on date and time listed in the course information section
  • Platform: Zoom. Login credentials emailed before the course begins



This webinar focuses on the critical importance of neuropsychological testing in the diagnosis of language-based learning disabilities. Drs. Willoughby and Doty will demystify the neuropsychological evaluation process, as well as provide concrete and practical applications of testing for students with suspected learning concerns. Evidence-based neuropsychological tests will be reviewed and critically examined. Further, the presenters will discuss how evaluations can effectively translate into recommendations and targets for intervention for students with language-based learning challenges.



Any  materials will be shared electronically.


This webinar is sponsored by the generosity of the Bilezikian Family Foundation.

Course Information

1 Hour
Dates/Time Price
September 28, 2021
5:30 - 6:30 PM Eastern

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Nathan Doty, PhD

Dr. Doty is a licensed child psychologist with expertise in the assessment of neurological, developmental, learning, and emotional difficulties from early childhood through young adulthood. His areas of specialty include learning disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, mood/anxiety disorders, and acquired brain injury. Dr. Doty received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University before completing his graduate work in Child and Family Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, followed by a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Before co-founding Achieve New England in 2016, he served as a staff psychologist and research coordinator within the Learning and Emotional Assessment Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (LEAP), providing teaching and clinical supervision through his joint appointment at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Doty’s work has been published in prominent scientific journals, including the American Journal of Psychology, the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, and Parenting: Science and Practice. He authored two chapters for the Massachusetts General Hospital Guide to Learning Disabilities. Dr. Doty currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the International Dyslexia Association, Massachusetts Branch.

About the Instructor

Brian Willoughby, PhD

Dr. Willoughby is a licensed child clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychological, educational, and developmental evaluations. His areas of expertise include learning disabilities, attention and executive functioning concerns, autism spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental conditions, as well as anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Willoughby is co-founder and co-director of Achieve New England. Previously, he was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Willoughby completed his graduate work in the Child and Family Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Miami, and his pre-doctoral internship and fellowship in child clinical psychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Willoughby is also an established researcher, author, and speaker in the fields of child and family psychology. His work has been published in some of the nation’s top psychology journals, and he speaks frequently at national and international conferences. He is the associate editor of The SAGE Encyclopedia of Intellectual and Developmental Disorders and the co-author of Bright Kids Who Can’t Keep Up, a book for parents.


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