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Developmental Neuropsychology Lab

Clinic

Laura Santerre-Lemmon, Ph.D.
Bruce F. Pennington, Ph.D.

The Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic provides learning disability and neuropsychological evaluations for children, teens, and young adults. We are located in the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver and are part of a nationally known neuropsychology research laboratory that studies children and families who have problems with dyslexia and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Whom do we see?

At the neuropsychology clinic, we usually work with children and teens who are having difficulties in school. We also see children and teens who have had serious accidents or medical conditions that may interfere with their learning.

Types of services available

The clinic offers comprehensive learning disabilities evaluations for individuals who are experiencing problems in school and are suspected of having a learning disability in reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia) or mathematics (dyscalculia) or an attentional disorder (e.g., ADHD). Such individuals often have a history of problems learning to read, spell or do math, or have difficulties attending to and organizing school work and other tasks. Other family members often have had similar problems. Comprehensive learning and neuropsychological evaluations are also available for children and teens whose difficulties are more widespread or who may have experienced specific risk factors for neuropsychological problems, such as certain medical conditions or head injuries. A screening of social/emotional functioning is completed as part of these evaluations, and a more in-depth evaluation of emotional concerns is conducted when indicated.

Staff

Bruce Pennington, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver. more info

Laura Santerre-Lemmon, Ph.D., is Clinic Director and received her training in clinical child psychology and neuropsychology. She completed a B.S. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Denver, where Dr. Pennington was her research advisor. Her graduate work involved research into the neuropsychology of ADHD and co-occurring neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., dyslexia), as well as extensive training in the comprehensive assessment of children and teens with a range of learning, cognitive, attention and executive, social/emotional and behavioral difficulties. She also received additional specialized training in pediatric neuropsychology in the Departments of Neurology and Rehabilitation at Children's Hospital Colorado. Dr. Santerre-Lemmon completed her pre-doctoral internship at Phoenix Children's Hospital in the pediatric neuropsychology track, and further trained and worked in multidisciplinary team assessment of children and teens in the Department of Rehabilitation at Children's Hospital Colorado and as a clinical supervisor at the University of Denver after receiving her degree. Dr. Santerre-Lemmon is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue work within her previous graduate training program as the director of the Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic. She and her team look forward to working with your family and helping to identify your child's unique strengths and challenges and providing guidance in educational and other supports.    

Amanda Sanchez is the Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic's Clinic Coordinator.

The Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic is also operated as a training facility for students in the doctoral program in clinical child psychology at the University of Denver and for doctoral students in the clinical internship program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. We also sometimes have doctoral students from other programs as well as post-doctoral trainees. One of these trainees works with the child being assessed while Dr. Santerre-Lemmon interviews the parents. Trainees' work is directly supervised by Drs. Santerre-Lemmon and Pennington.

Referral Process

Families should contact Amanda Sanchez, our clinic coordinator, at 303-871-4403 or Amanda.Sanchez@du.edu