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Neuropsychological and Educational Assessment – Summer Institute 2019

This course is offered during our Dyslexia Academy for Educators week

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.

Course Information

5 Hours/PDPs
Dates/Time Price
July 9, 2019
8:30am - 3:00am

Teachers Say...

Over 99% of Summer Institute participants believe that their instructors were knowledgeable and used current research.

Over 92% of Summer Institute participants believe that their seminars contributed to their professional growth.

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.

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