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Department of Psychology

Psychology Matters

Teaching Matters

slBy Laura Santerre-Lemmon, PhD
Director, Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic

 

 

The Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic is a specialty clinic within the Center for Child and Family Psychology. We specialize in the comprehensive assessment of learning disabilities (e.g., dyslexia), attentional disorders, and other neuropsychological problems in children, adolescents and young adults. The clinic was originally founded by Dr. Bruce Pennington as part of his Developmental Neuropsychology Lab and continues to provide research-based assessment services to families throughout Colorado and other nearby states, and to serve as a training program for our child clinical graduate students as well as select practicum students and interns from other psychology programs. As director of the clinic, I am very fortunate to be able to work with our excellent trainees and supervise them in learning to provide comprehensive evaluation services to our community.

Training is provided within a developmental framework, with support and peer supervision also provided by advanced trainees as each new student begins their 12-month rotation in the clinic. Each trainee completes at least 6 comprehensive evaluations across the training year, consisting of 6 to 7 hours of assessment across two evaluation days, participation in parent intake and feedback sessions, consultation with teachers and other professionals, and completion of comprehensive reports detailing assessment results and recommendations.

One of my favorite parts of our training model is our weekly case conference meetings. We discuss differential diagnosis and incorporate neuropsychological research and theory within the context of practical cases. Trainees present their assessment information, and as a group, we develop our case conceptualization and recommendations with a comprehensive and process-oriented approach. I think it is one of the most valuable aspects of training, as students are exposed to and participate in case formulation for a range of assessments throughout the year. I feel very fortunate to be able to supervise our trainees in this process and in supporting the families in our community with quality assessment services. It is fantastic to see our students' growth across the year, and I look forward to working with our next group of wonderful trainees beginning this summer!

The Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic can be reached at 303-871-4403.