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Understanding and Implementing Neuropsychological Reports and Recommendations for Students with LBLD, In-Person – Summer Institute 2022


Dr. Brian Willoughby & Dr. Nathan Doty

Directors of Achieve New England




  • Delivery mode: In-person. All guidelines around Covid-19 protocols will be followed and communicated to participants.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section.


Neuropsychological and educational assessments can provide powerful tools for understanding the cognitive and contextual factors that contribute to a student’s language-based learning challenges. However, bridging the gap between lengthy evaluation reports and well-tailored educational programming can be challenging for educators and interventionists alike. After a brief primer on the foundations of neuropsychological and psycho-educational assessment, participants will learn specific strategies for demystifying assessment reports and culling information that is most relevant to student success. 

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize and understand concepts and terms commonly referenced in neuropsychological and educational assessments, including neuropsychological domains, testing instruments, and norm-referenced analysis of results.
  • Predict how deficits in a given cognitive domains are likely to influence a student’s learning and adjustment in the educational setting.
  • Compare assessment results over multiple time points to identify trends of progress, stagnation, or regression.
  • Consider and attend to additional factors that may influence students’ success in learning, including anxiety/mood disorders, attention or executive functioning challenges, social pragmatics issues, and patterns of school avoidance/refusal.
  • Understand the implications of recent dyslexia legislation in Massachusetts, particularly as they relate to national mandates for assessing, identifying, and remediating learning disabilities.
  • Translate results and recommendations into academic programming that is individually tailored, comprehensive, and consistent with best practices.
  • Communicate more effectively with parents and other team members about a child’s strengths, weaknesses, and educational needs.


This course is appropriate for educators at the elementary and middle school levels.


Materials will be provided on-site

Course Information

5 Hours
Dates/Time Price
July 15, 2022
8:30 am - 3:00 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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