A global directory (still in development) of psychologists and other healthcare providers who are trained in diagnosing autism in adults, and specifically autism in women and those who identify as female.
This list is compiled through recommendations from patients and submissions from psychologists and other healthcare providers through the private Facebook group, Female Autism Conversation.
Please note that many of the providers listed here offer some combination of telehealth, teletherapy, in-person therapy, and/or in-person autism assessment. This has been noted in some listings, but for details and to confirm what services are offered, please contact the provider directly.
If you would like to be considered for addition to the directory please contact us.
Crystal I. Lee, PsyD
Providing house calls on the westside and teletherapy throughout California and Nevada.
LA Concierge Psychologist
Los Angeles, CA
Website: LA Concierge Psychologist
Psychology Today: Dr. Crystal I. Lee
Dr. Crystal I. Lee is a clinical psychologist licensed in both California and Nevada. She’s been working with autistic clients for almost 20 years now and takes a neurodiversity-affirmative approach to her work with clients.
Dr. Lee specializes in working with autistic adults, particularly women and gender queer individuals. She provides autism assessments for individuals who don’t need formal psychological assessments (i.e., a report to provide documentations for government services) through a series of in-depth, collaborative conversations either in person or online.
Many of the autistic adults Dr. Lee has diagnosed have found the process therapeutic in addition to providing diagnostic clarity.
She obtained her PsyD (doctorate in Clinical Psychology) from Baylor University. Her initial training in autism was at UCLA, and she is PEERS certified (an evidence-based social skills program). She presents at professional conferences and trains other mental health professionals regarding neurodiversity, autism in adults, diagnosing autism in females, and neurodiversity-affirming therapy.
Additionally, Dr. Lee provides supervision and consultation services for testing psychologists and neuropsychologists wanting to improve their ability to identify autism in adults (and women in particular).
Kenneth Roberson, PhD
1700 Pierce St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
Email: contact form
Website: Kenneth Roberson, PhD
LinkedIn: Kenneth Roberson, PhD
Dr. Kenneth Roberson is a clinical psychologist in San Francisco with 30 years of experience evaluating and treating adults with Asperger’s syndrome and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). For people who suspect they are autistic and want a professional evaluation, Dr. Roberson provides a comprehensive assessment. Based on questionnaire results, review of documentation, and an interview process, Dr. Roberson determines if an individual has Asperger’s or ASD, or whether there are other conditions that may play a role in the person’s overall functioning.
Dr. Roberson also works to help individuals meet the challenges of Asperger’s and autism through psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. In the case of families and organizations, he is available to assist in determining appropriate and beneficial services for an individual with Asperger’s or autism, and access to those services.
H. Nicole Hess, PhD
Foundations Psychological Services
1912 Lincoln Ave.
San Jose, CA 95125
Website: Foundations Psychological Services
LinkedIn: Nicole Hess
Dr. H. Nicole Hess specializes in the diagnosis of ASD and has had the honour of being part of the journey for many autistic females in the diagnostic process at all ages. Honouring neurodiversity and client-centred work are integral to the work in Dr. Hess’s office.
Dr. Hess has extensive experience in the mental health field. She has specialized training in neuropsychological assessment and diagnostic evaluation of clients ranging from infancy to adulthood. Areas of specialty include autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, and depression.
Dr. Hess received her doctoral degree from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto, California, where she specialized in child psychology and neuropsychological assessment. She completed an internship at Children’s Hospital Autism Intervention in Oakland and a residency at the Autism Spectrum Disorder Center of Kaiser Permanente. She was also involved in cutting-edge research related to ASD, including the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI) through Kaiser Permanente. For the past decade, she has conducted hundreds of evaluations with a diverse range of children and adults to address a wide variety of concerns.
Outside of work, Dr. Hess spends time with her husband, two children, and dog. She enjoys running, reading, listening to a variety of music, and travelling to see her favourite bands.
Laura Sanders, PhD
Providing telehealth ASD assessment in both Texas and Colorado.
Northern Colorado Assessment Center
4786 McMurray Ave. Suite 2-B
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Website: Northern Colorado Assessment Center
Psychology Today: Laura R. Sanders
Dr. Laura Sanders is a licensed psychologist (LP) and licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP). Dr. Sanders offers her patients clear and concise autism assessment reports that can be used by patients, insurance providers, school systems, community agencies, and attorneys to help patients achieve their desired goals.
Dr. Sanders holds a PhD from Texas Women’s University with a specialization in school neuropsychology. She has a thriving private practice, DFW Assessment, PLLC, that offers testing and evaluation services. Her experience also includes teaching college courses and providing supervision and mentoring for the next generation of assessment clinicians, as well as working with community agencies like the Texas Department of State Health Services MHMR division.
After years of working in the DFW Metroplex, Dr. Sanders decided to move her practice to the Northern Colorado area to be closer to family. Establishing Northern Colorado Assessment Center in 2019, Dr. Sanders is proud to offer families in Fort Collins, Windsor, and surrounding communities a range of autism assessment, consultation, and reporting services.
Dr. Sanders wants to help every client understand and maximize their strengths and overcome struggles. She provides diagnosis, practical recommendations for ongoing support, and reporting services as necessary.
Outside of her autism assessment practice, you’ll find Dr. Sanders spending time with her husband and children. She enjoys singing and has been a part of two choral ensembles in the DFW area. Dr. Sanders also enjoys reading, swimming, watching movies, and spending time relaxing with family and friends.
Jessica Biren Caverly, PhD
Western CT Behavioral Health
461A Danbury Rd. #6, 2nd floor
New Milford, CT 06776
Dr. Jessica Biren Caverly specializes in assessment and often assessments of autism. Her practice has seen many females and often discusses the unique ways that ASD presents in females. Dr. Biren Caverly has worked with many individuals with ASD with fluid sexuality and has provided assessments for transgender individuals.
Dr. Biren Caverly completed a postdoctoral residency at McLean Hospital, Harvard University, where she specialized in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.
Celine Saulnier, PhD
Neurodevelopmental Assessment & Consulting Services
320 Winn Way, Suite 102
Decatur, GA 30030
Website: Neurodevelopmental Assessment & Consulting Services
Psychology Today: Neurodevelopmental Assessment & Consulting Services
Dr. Celine Saulnier is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in diagnosing individuals with ASD across the lifespan — including girls and women who can present quite differently than males.
Dr. Saulnier is a renowned clinician-scientist with over 20 years of experience in clinical and diagnostic evaluations of autism spectrum and related neurodevelopmental disorders for both clinical and research purposes. She has made it her life’s mission to help all individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders flourish and live their fullest lives.
Dr. Saulnier earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology from the University of Connecticut under the mentorship of Dr. Deborah Fein. She then conducted her postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine under the mentorship of Drs. Ami Klin, Sara Sparrow, Fred Volkmar, and Kasia Chawarska. She later became the training director and then clinical director of the Yale Autism Program. At Yale, Dr. Saulnier conducted over 1,000 clinical and diagnostic evaluations on individuals from infancy through adulthood as part of a multidisciplinary team of experts.
In 2011, Dr. Saulnier was recruited to the Marcus Autism Center and Emory University School of Medicine to help build a large-scale clinical research program in one of the nation’s largest clinical care centers for ASD. As an associate professor within the Department of Pediatrics, she was an investigator on numerous grants studying aspects of ASD ranging from social neuroscience to genetics, and, as the director of the clinical assessment core, she contributed to the center’s designation in 2012 as one of only three National Institutes of Health Autism Centers of Excellence, a grant that was renewed in 2017.
Dr. Saulnier has published in leading journals for autism, has presented at national and international conferences, and she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Autism Science Foundation, the field’s leading scientific nonprofit organization.
Dr. Saulnier is co-author of the gold standard Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Edition and two books: Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment and Essentials of Adaptive Behavior Assessment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Dr. Saulnier develops, teaches, practices, and advocates for state-of-the-art neurodevelopmental diagnostic assessments, with a particular expertise in detecting the earliest emerging risk factors in infants and toddlers. And she has taught numerous academic courses, as well as hundreds of lectures, workshops, and continuing education seminars on topics including diagnostic assessment, treatment and intervention, and adaptive behavior.
Dr. Jennifer Huffman, PhD
Accepting new and current patients to two physical locations in Bloomington and Champaign. Also available for new and current assessment and therapy patients via telehealth during this time of physical distancing.
The ABLE Center
103 North Regency Dr.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Website: The ABLE Center
Psychology Today: Jennifer Imig Huffman
Dr. Jennifer Huffman specializes in integrated comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations and assessment-defined intervention to help you succeed. Dr. Huffman is formally trained across the lifespan and offers neuropsychological evaluations for individuals of all ages.
Dr. Huffman is board certified in pediatric neuropsychology and has extensive undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral formal training in child, adolescent, and adult neuropsychology. She has received extensive training in neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, tic disorders, OCD, and neurological conditions that impact functioning.
Laura Niditch, PhD
1301 Antonine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115
Website: Atlas Psychiatry
Psychology Today: Laura Niditch
Dr. Laura Niditch specializes in psychological assessment for children, adolescents, and adults, and is very familiar with autism diagnosis in girls and women. She has particular expertise in anxiety disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, and learning disorders. She uses state-of-the-art psychological tests to provide clear diagnosis and thorough explanations for patients’ symptoms. Her assessments include comprehensive, written reports with specific, individually tailored recommendations. Her mission is to provide each patient with a road map to address current concerns and move forward. Her therapeutic style is warm, fun, and collaborative.
Dr. Niditch completed her PhD in school psychology at Tulane University. During graduate school, she was honoured with a prestigious predoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Niditch received multiple awards and commendations for her achievements and was recognized by the faculty for “the high quality of her academic work, professional accomplishments, research record, and contributions to the field.”
Dr. Niditch completed her predoctoral internship in school and clinical psychology at FSU’s Multidisciplinary Center. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in adult clinical psychology at the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Center of New Orleans. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Niditch is an accomplished researcher and educator. She has published several original research articles in peer-reviewed journals and serves as an ad hoc peer reviewer for numerous journals. Dr. Niditch has taught both graduate and undergraduate psychology courses at Tulane University, and she maintains an adjunct faculty position in the psychology department.
David O. Black, PhD
Center for Assessment and Treatment
8401 Connecticut Ave. Suite 1000
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-5800
Dr. David O. Black provides comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations to children, adolescents, and young adults. He specializes in the evaluation of autism, social, and self-regulatory problems as well as learning disabilities, attention disorders, and medical conditions such as epilepsy, traumatic brain injuries, and genetic disorders.
Dr. Black also provides individual and family consultation and support, including assisting families navigate the transition to adulthood. He also assists with implementation of treatment plans and school placement decisions, attends school meetings (including IEP and due process hearings), and conducts forensic evaluation and expert testimony in cases that involve autism spectrum disorders.
Dr. Black is passionate about supporting individuals to reach their full potential. He believes that we all want the same thing: to be happy, healthy, and productive. We all strive to have a life that is fulfilling, with close connections with others — making contributions to family, friends, and community.
Kara Goobic, PsyD
As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Kara Goobic provides psychotherapeutic services to late adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, and other co-occurring disorders. Family involvement and support are often necessary to maximize success in many areas of a person’s life. Her work involves concrete, structured interventions along with support and guidance that can be utilized in the home and workplace.
Described as a down-to-earth psychologist, she integrates humour and compassion with a pragmatic, problem-solving approach to help clients reach their goals.
It is not uncommon for those diagnosed with autism and/or ADHD to be misunderstood; Dr. Goobic provides information and support to identify strengths, understand labels, and learn strategies to create behavioural change. Deeper understanding, beyond the diagnostic label, often leads to increased acceptance and, in turn, to a greater capacity for self-advocacy.
Dr. Goobic conducts evaluations for ADHD and/or ASD. Autism spectrum evaluations for late adolescents and adults can include a report with specific recommendations for employment, home or day treatment program settings. Accommodations to the workplace or day treatment program can result in significant positive changes in the person’s behaviour and relationships.
Donna Henderson, PsyD
8720 Georgia Ave. Suite 606
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Website: Dr. Donna Henderson
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Dr. Donna Henderson has been a licensed psychologist for over 20 years and has been practicing in Maryland since 2009. She believes that a neuropsychological evaluation can be a positive and life-changing experience. She spends as much time as needed to arrive at the right diagnosis and in uncovering each individual’s strengths as well as problem areas.
Dr. Henderson enjoys working with children, teens, and young adults. She has particular expertise in ADHD, learning disorders, and autism.
One day, Dr. Henderson’s kids asked her to explain her work. She didn’t think they wanted to hear about neuropsychological tests, statistical analyses, and writing reports, so she explained it this way:
“I’m a detective. The mystery is always that a wonderful, bright person is not doing well in school or at work, and I need to figure out why and help them do better. I can only look for clues by spending time with that person, asking them to do different kinds of tasks.
“No child or adult should have to go through life with an undiagnosed problem, feeling bad about themselves and not knowing how to make things better. I realize that it is an important (and sometimes scary) decision to choose someone to help with this problem, and I am honoured that people allow me to help them move forward on their journey.”
In addition to her formal training, Dr. Henderson has had “additional training” at home for the past 21 years with her three children — two of whom have learning disabilities.
Kiah Staloch, PsyD
A Better Connection Inc.
1009 Hollinger St.
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Website: A Better Connection Inc.
Mental Therapy: Kiah Staloch
Dr. Kiah Staloch is a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota. She is a generalist practitioner by training and by necessity working in a rural area. Dr. Staloch provides therapy and assessment services.
Dr. Staloch has experience working with all ages, individual and group psychotherapy, psychological assessment, play therapy, art therapy, and crisis intervention. Healthy lifestyles and wellness are often incorporated into her work. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities as well as sewing and art.
Dr. Staloch is currently receiving additional training in autism assessment and treatment, particularly in girls and women.
Training: Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Autism Spectrum Disorders Training for Clinicians sponsored by the Autism Society of Minnesota, Phenotypic Differences in Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorder — presented by the Minnesota Psychological Association (5/1/2020).
Emily Crawford-Thompson, PhD
Columbia Psychology Healing Center, LLC
1900 N. Providence Rd. Suite 327
Columbia, MO 65202
Website: Columbia Psychology Healing Center, LLC
Psychology Today: Emily Crawford-Thompson
Dr. Emily Crawford-Thompson is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in psychological evaluations with teens (ages 16 and up) and adults, including those who wish to be evaluated for possible autism spectrum disorder. She has over 12 years’ experience in psychological evaluations. She is well-known in Columbia, Missouri as a trusted and compassionate psychologist with impeccable work that both providers and clients respect.
Dr. Crawford-Thompson is trained in the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule), MIGDAS-2, and other measures to assess ASD. She also does comprehensive psychological evaluations to determine diagnoses and treatment recommendations for a range of issues, including but not limited to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and the range of mood, anxiety, and thought disorders.
Evaluations include a comprehensive written report with thorough, specific, and detailed recommendations for treatment and services, tailored to individual needs and emphasizing strengths. Feedback includes a thorough discussion of results in which the client is encouraged to ask questions and share their feelings about direction moving forward.
Dr. Crawford-Thompson also provides individual counselling and group counselling, and she offers workshops for CEs for other mental health providers on a variety of topics including cognitive processing therapy for PTSD, assessment in counselling, and autism in adults.
Dr. Michelle Matzke, PsyD
Mountainview Healing, PLLC
38 E. Washington St. Suite D
Kalispell, MT 59901
Website: Mountainview Healing, PLLC
LinkedIn: Michelle Matzke
Dr. Michelle Matzke specializes in autism assessment and treatment. She is trained to assess adult autism and the female presentation of autism.
Dr. Matzke is committed to her clients and seeks to help others from all walks of life to achieve their sense of their “Best Self.” Dr. Matzke uses humour, compassion, and directness in order to guide her clients through evidence-based strategies. It is her hope to provide a feeling of solace and security as her clients work through struggles, triumphs, and balancing acts in life.
Dr. Matzke earned her doctorate in psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, after completing an APA-accredited internship in Canton, Ohio. Following this, Dr. Matzke advanced her training in Clevelend, Ohio, specializing in assessing and treating autism and common conditions (i.e., attention and impulsivity issues, anxiety, depression, behavioural issues) that are often seen in autistic individuals. In addition, she co-developed and coordinated a children’s program at a hospital treating depression, anxiety, and suicide. Dr. Matzke’s areas of interest are training and supervision, autism spectrum disorder, developmental disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma.
In her personal time, Dr. Matzke enjoys climbing, fishing, and spending time with her partner and two dogs.
Katherine Cody, PsyD
303 Fifth Ave. Suite 1003
New York, NY 10016
Website: Spectrum Services
LinkedIn: Katherine Cody
Dr. Katherine Cody is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York State and Connecticut. She earned her doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC. She is currently in full-time private practice and maintains offices at Spectrum Services in NYC and in southern Connecticut.
Dr. Cody offers psychological and neuropsychological evaluations including adult autism assessment. She also provides individual and family psychotherapy services, specializing in an individualized and integrated approach to treatment to meet each person’s unique needs. She offers psychotherapy services using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches integrated with social skills training, and family psychotherapy as needed.
Dr. Cody offers particular expertise in therapy for individuals with ASD and co-occurring mental health conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression). She has a breadth of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with ASDs. Dr. Cody also provides training and supervision to externs and interns in educational and clinical psychology.
Currently, Dr. Cody serves as the Director of Clinical Training and the Liaison of Clinical Services at Spectrum Services. She also maintains a practice in New Canaan, CT. Previously, she was the Director of Clinical Services at The SEED Center in Stamford, CT. Prior to that, she was the Senior Staff Psychologist with the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Brookville, NY. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Seaver Autism Center through a community partnership with FEGS Health and Human Services Day Habilitation in their Bronx and Manhattan locations.
Dr. Cody’s experiences working with ASDs began in 2006 when she received training in diagnostic and neuropsychological evaluation of individuals with ASDs at Children’s National Medical Center’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Samantha Buell, PhD
Providing some telehealth services.
Samantha Buell Psychologist, PLLC
99 Main St. Suite 201
Nyack, NY 10960
Website: Samantha Buell Psychologist, PLLC
Psychology Today: Samantha Sedlik Buell
Dr. Samantha Sedlik Buell is a licensed psychologist in Nyack, NY who has specialized training in neuropsychological assessment, autism assessment, gifted and 2E students, and transitional/college services for students with disabilities.
Dr. Buell earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Cornell University, a Master of Arts in Counseling and Personnel Services at University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in School Psychology from the APA and NASP accredited program at UMCP.
Dr. Buell has worked as a researcher of preschool cognitive development at the University of California, San Diego, as a high school level special education teacher at a nonpublic school, and as a school psychologist in several Maryland public schools.
While completing her degrees, Dr. Buell served as the counselor for students with learning disabilities and ADHD at UMCP’s Disability Support Service. In this role, Dr. Buell helped college students access appropriate accommodations, and she provided counseling and coaching to support success in the college setting.
Dr. Buell holds a National Certification in School Psychology (NCSP) and a Diplomate from the American Board of School Neuropsychology (ABSNP). She is currently an adjunct professor of Special Education at Manhattanville College, a national trainer of the crisis preparedness and response curriculum (PREPaRE), and conducts child/school neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments for preschool through college-aged students.
Gretchen Scheidel, PhD
Eugene Psychological Assessments
3225 Willamette St. Suite 3F
Eugene, OR 97405
Website: Eugene Psychological Assessments
LinkedIn: Gretchen Scheidel, PhD
Dr. Gretchen Scheidel is a private practitioner in Oregon who solely conducts assessments for ASD, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, etc. Dr. Scheidel graduated from Utah State University in 2013 and conducts assessments across the lifespan.
Dr. Scheidel has previously worked in children’s hospitals and group practices, and has attended several training sessions and conferences regarding diagnosing autism in women and individuals who generally “fly under the radar.”
Rosemarie Manfredi, PsyD
Neurodevelopmental Assessment & Consulting, LLC
3331 Street Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
Email: contact form
Website: Neurodevelopmental Assessment & Consulting, LLC
LinkedIn: Rosemarie Manfredi, PsyD
Dr. Rosemarie Manfredi is a highly-trained and experienced neuropsychologist and school psychologist. Her expertise is in the impact of neurodevelopmental disorders on learning, development, and behavior throughout the lifespan.
Dr. Manfredi has developed expertise in the following areas: autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), learning differences and disabilities (including dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia), attention difficulties and disorders (ADHD), developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, traumatic and acquired brain injuries, neurological and genetic disorders affecting learning and behavior, and mood and anxiety disorders.
Dr. Manfredi strongly believes in each person’s ability to overcome challenges and reach their potential. By providing a comprehensive understanding of a person — their strengths, challenges, interests, and motivations — she can provide unparalleled guidance about next steps in education, career development, and treatment.
As an intentionally small private practice, Neurodevelopmental Assessment & Consulting, LLC is able to provide a high level of personalized attention and individualized services. Dr. Manfredi is dedicated to providing evaluations that are comprehensive, clear, and of the highest quality.
Dina del Amo, PsyD
28 Garrett Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Psychology Today: Dina del Amo
Dr. Dina del Amo is a clinical and school psychologist in private practice in Bryn Mawr. She provides assessment and psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Areas of expertise include learning issues and autism, and more recently girls and women.
Dr. del Amo conducts comphrehensive autism evaluations using cognitive, neuropsychological, and personality measures. In addition to using the ADI-R, Dr. del Amo uses the ADOS-2 and MIGDAS-2. Each battery is tailored specifically to the needs of each individual and is designed to understand difficulties while also highlighting strengths.
Believing that collaboration with the child/individual’s team is essential for both the child and family, Dr. del Amo consults with families following evaluation, to help with implementation of recommendations and to coordinate with schools and other professionals. She also works with parents and families of children with special needs, offering support and guidance, as well as help navigating differing systems and intervention approaches of schools and providers.
In her psychotherapy practice, Dr. del Amo works with children, adolescents, and adults in both individual and couples/family work. Therapy is a collaborative process in order to help people develop their own personal goals. With a spirit of inquiry, Dr. del Amo takes into account each client’s personal and cultural experiences. This will allow better understanding and greater ability to overcome challenges.
Walter Scott Newsom, PhD
Providing telehealth evaluations throughout Texas and almost any international location.
8105 Shoal Creek Blvd. Suite B
Austin, TX 78757
Website: Newsom Psychological
Psychology Today: Walter Scott Newsom
Dr. Walter Scott Newsom has specialized in assessment of neurodevelopmental differences since opening his private practice in 2000. Gender issues have always been an interest of his and he obtained a minor in women’s studies during his undergraduate training.
In the past few years, Dr. Newsom has seen many adult women for ASD evaluations who were missed when they were children, and he continues to evaluate girls starting in early childhood.
Dr. Newsom’s own neurodivergence centering around ADHD has always made him sensitive to these differences in others, including in women.
In addition to his formal training, he is a self-directed learner — involving reading, continuing education pursuits and occasionally in-person conferences focusing on neuropsychology. He recently attended a conference on the MIGDAS with Marilyn Montiero.
Amanda Sharp, PhD
Accepting new patients whose primary residence is in Texas, Virginia, or New Jersey. Texas is the only state where in-person appointments are available. In response to COVID-19, telehealth appointments are available as appropriate.
Monarch Behavioral Health, PLLC
18756 Stone Oak Pkwy. Suite 200
San Antonio, TX 78258
Website: Monarch Behavioral Health
Psychology Today: Amanda Sharp
Dr. Amanda Sharp earned her doctorate in Psychology in 2018. She has been conducting assessments and providing diagnostic and treatment recommendations for individuals of all ages since 2015.
Dr. Sharp provides comprehensive psychological testing and evaluation for developmental concerns, autism, attention deficit disorders, learning disorders, Twice Exceptional (2e) testing, and other cognitive concerns. Diagnostic evaluation services include mood disorders, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders.
Gracie Reyes-McDonald, PhD
Grace Psychological Services, PLLC
26010 Oak Ridge Dr. Suite 107
The Woodlands, TX 77380
Website: Grace Psychological Services, PLLC
LinkedIn: Graciela Reyes-McDonald, PhD, LSSP
Dr. Gracie Reyes-McDonald is a bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed psychologist and school psychologist with extensive training and experience in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents of diverse backgrounds. She has over 16 years of experience working in public schools, with additional training experiences completed at the Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital and The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD.
Dr. Reyes-McDonald specializes in autism assessment and intervention in females as well as those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Sara Woods, PhD
418 Carpenter Rd. SE, Suite 104
Lacey, WA 98503
Website: Discover Psychology
Psychology Today: Discover Psychology Services
Dr. Sara Woods provides neurodiversity-friendly assessments of autism, ADHD, learning, trauma, and gifted presentations. Whether you are an adult wanting to learn about yourself or a parent of a child seeking a diagnosis to guide intervention, being confident in your results is key.
Dr. Woods conducts thorough, evidence-based assessments across the lifespan. Using her training from the University of Washington and insights from a wide range of clients and professionals, Dr. Woods helps people to discover their strengths and provides personalized recommendations to help them move forward. People do not just leave with answers; they leave with a plan.
Using a strengths-based approach. Dr. Woods has specialized in autism and ADHD for the past seven years at UW Child Development Clinic (where she completed her postdoc), the UW Autism Center, and in private practice. She also provides assessments for learning, mood, PTSD, anxiety, SMI, and giftedness. Dr. Woods is also available for consultation.
Finding a qualified autism assessment professional can be daunting. Dr. Woods is happy to help. Getting an accurate diagnosis and assessment of your skills can open doors, provide understanding, and guide treatment. Discovering your many strengths and skills can restore hope and help you succeed at school, work, and life.
Adrienne Rombough, PhD
Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group
201-6543 Portsmouth Rd.
Nanaimo, BC V9V 1A3
Website: Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group
Dr. Adrienne Rombough received her PhD in clinical psychology from Simon Fraser University in 2014; her area of study was developmental psychology. She worked as an autism respite provider and behavioural therapist during her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia.
During her graduate degrees at SFU, Dr. Rombough published and presented extensively on autism and developmental disorders. She was also a research fellow with the Autism Research Training Program Initiative based out of McGill University. Dr. Rombough completed her clinical residency in Kingston, Ontario at Queens University. There, she received specialized training in the identification and care of neurodevelopmental differences across the lifespan.
Dr. Rombough provides diagnostic and psycho-educational assessments for autism, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, FASD, and complex neurodevelopmental disorders. She takes a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach, recognizing the importance of gathering all relevant information before giving a diagnosis.
In addition to assessment, Dr. Rombough offers cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for clients with developmental differences and their families. She provides support and treatment for depression, anxiety, self-regulation problems, and challenging behaviour. With a warm and approachable clinical style, Dr. Rombough uses her extensive experience to support each client’s growth, learning, and happiness.
David Worling, PhD
Spectrum Works Consulting Group
100-1330 West 8th Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6H 4A6
Website: Spectrum Works
LinkedIn: David Worling
Dr. David Worling has worked extensively with individuals on the autism spectrum for the past 25 years. In addition to providing diagnostic and learning assessments, he has developed innovative treatment protocols for social competence, self-coping, depression, and anxiety.
Dr. Worling established the Westcoast Child Development Group as a full-time private practice for children on the autism spectrum in 2003. As his clinical population matured and encountered new challenges entering the job market, he began advocating for autism employment issues and developed the intervention protocols now offered by Spectrum Works Consulting. Dr. Worling currently supports a number of employees and employment firms as they navigate autism in the workplace.
Dr. Worling holds academic affiliations with the psychology clinic at SFU and teaches a course on autism as a sessional instructor with Psychology Department at UBC. He is also a qualified specialist affiliated with the British Columbia Autism Assessment Network and has given a number of workshops and presentations regarding ASD.
Rylie Moore, C.Psych
Centre for Interpersonal Relationships
520-790 Bay Street
PO Box 87
Toronto, ON M5G 1N8
Website: Centre for Interpersonal Relationships
LinkedIn: Rylie Moore
Dr. Rylie Moore works on issues with clients including neuropsychology, sexuality, gender identity/transition, trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, psychosis, family and relationship issues, loss and grief, self-esteem and assertiveness, and workplace stress. Through advocacy and community engagement, Dr. Moore strives to promote awareness of mental health services to underrepresented and diverse populations, including the LGBT2QA community.
In addition to providing therapy, Dr. Moore has training in neuroscience, brain-behaviour relationships, cognitive functioning, and the biological underpinnings of mental health, which offers a unique perspective in working with and understanding clients.
Dr. Moore is aware that psychological stressors and resulting difficulties are more prevalent within marginalized populations, including the LGBT2QA community, and thus has sought diverse training to meet client needs.
In addition to therapy and other services, Dr. Moore has extensive training and clinical experience in neuropsychological assessment. A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment will help you understand and formally document your medical or psychiatric condition, such as brain injury and neurological conditions.
Dori Zener, MSW
Embracing neurodiversity. Providing therapeutic services only for autistic girls and women; does not provide autism assessment. Telephone, online video conference, and email therapy available.
Dori Zener & Associates
45 Sheppard Ave. East, Suite 900
Toronto, ON M2N 5W9
Website: Dori Zener & Associates
Psychology Today: Dori Zener
Dori Zener is an individual, couple, and family therapist specializing in autism who is passionate about neurodiversity and autism acceptance. She has worked with families affected by autism, learning disabilities, and intellectual disabilities for over 15 years. Dori uses evidence-based therapy techniques to help each client enhance their wellbeing and thrive on their terms. Dori works with individuals across the lifespan and has expertise supporting autistic girls and women.
Dori presents regularly at international, national, and provincial conferences on the topic of autism and mental health. Dori is the founder and co-facilitator of Asperfemme Toronto, a support group for adult women with official diagnosis or self-diagnosis on the autism spectrum. Members meet monthly to validate, inform, and support each other in areas of mutual interest and to foster friendships and social contacts.
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