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Psychologists familiar with Testing the Gifted and Exceptionally Gifted

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The question is often asked, Who should I get to test my gifted child? My highly gifted child? What psychologist is in my area, who is familiar with the ceilings and additional scores on the commonly administered individual IQ tests like the Wechsler (WPPSI-III or WISC-IV) and Stanford-Binet (SB-5)? 

This list includes a few people across the country and the world, who understand the moderately, highly, exceptionally, and profoundly gifted; psychologists who can give us the information we so desperately seek about our children, their abilities, their weaknesses; and a few of whom still offer the SB L-M as a supplemental measure for more information on the child's levels of verbal ability, after a modern individual IQ test.

This list is the beginning of an answer, but comes with many caveats. First and foremost, psychologists are listed here by unsolicited parent or peer recommendations. Testers cannot 'self-recommend' to get on this list.  Presence on this list does not confirm a specific professional is the 'right' tester for your gifted child.  Contact the prospective tester, and speak to her/him in advance.  Find out what tests s/he offers, what feedback s/he provides.  Confirm that the tester 'feels right' for your family and your child, has experience with gifted children, particularly those of your child's age.  Confirm her/his experience with various levels of giftedness, no matter how moderately gifted you suspect your child is - many of us have had huge shocks after professional testing - and experience with twice exceptional gifted children.  Discuss any learning differences or suspicions that you have, in advance; some testers are not comfortable or experienced with twice exceptional children.  Read the tester's published writings, and visit their website, if applicable.

Ask about the tester's fees, what costs you will incur, optional costs you may incur, and payment options.  Fees for administering  tests, for scoring those tests, and for preparing the assessment report, can vary dramatically even within one geographic area.  A tester should be able to explain potential fees before any money is paid, including any optional costs due to additional assessment that become necessary as testing reveals additional questions. 

Know what you want and/or need from the testing: recommendations, what specific tests your school or other organization will and won't accept, and make sure the tester knows in advance, and isn't planning to use the 'wrong' tests.  Make sure that (if you don't already have them) you are getting at least an individual IQ test: generally the Wechsler (WPPSI for under age 6-0 only - never older, or WISC for kids age 6-0 to under 16-0) or Stanford-Binet 5 (SB-5), and an individual achievement test.  If the child is late-elementary age or grade or older, confirm that the WJ-III achievement test will be used, rather than the Wechsler (WIAT), Peabody (PIAT), Kaufman (K-TEA), or other lower-ceiling achievement test will be used.  Learn what will, and will not, be included in the final report.  Will you get a slimmed down report for your schools, if you need it? 

For a collection of other professionals recommended for their work with the gifted, including audiologists, developmental optometrists, counselors, lawyers, advocates, and more, visit Hoagies' Gifted: Professionals familiar with the gifted.

For a collection of professionals who work with Twice Exceptional children (could be self-, parent-, or other professional-recommended) visit 2e The Twice Exceptional Newsletter Provider Referral Database

bulletAssessing Gifted Children by Julia Osborn - professional discussion of testing and assessment of gifted children
bulletTips for Selecting the Right Counselor or Therapist for your Gifted Child by James Webb
bulletSelecting a Mental Health Professional for Your Gifted Child by SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted)
bullet Testing and Counseling Interview Questions - questions to ask of your professional
bulletHow Can I Prepare My Child for Testing? Recommended by Aimee Yermish, Psychologist
bulletTesting Your Gifted Child: A Springboard for Effective Advocacy by Barbara Jackson Gilman, in Duke Gifted Letter

Australia Canada England Netherlands United States

Australia

Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC), Dr. Miraca Gross, Director, University of New South Wales, Sydney
e-mail: gerric@unsw.edu.au, phone: (02) 9385 1972, (02) 9385 1974 and (02) 9385 1979
 
CHIP Foundation (Children of High Intellectual Potential), Dr. Brian Start, Melbourne, Victoria
phone: (03) 9889 4800
 
Lesley Sword, Canterbury, Victoria
phone: (03) 9836 0377 or (03) 9836 5459
 
Helen Dudeney, Westmead, New South Wales
 
Also visit Gifted Resources, and click on Service Locator, then Psychologists and Educational Consultants, for more Australian resources...

Canada

Susan Jackson, The Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted, White Rock, British Columbia
 

England

Randy Lee Comfort, Bristol
 
Joan Freeman, London
phone: (44) 171 486 2604

Netherlands

Edu Brant, Utrecht
phone: (011) 31 20 673 3839

United States

 
Arizona
Paul Beljan, PsyD, ABPdN, pediatric neuropsychologist, Beljan Psychological Services
8585 E. Bell Rd., Ste. 100A, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, phone: office 602-957-7600, fax 602-289-5751, e-mail: paul@paulbeljan.com Also recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Ph.D. (splits her time between Arizona, New York/New Jersey, and Connecticut)
Arizona phone 480-209-1968; e-mail cherkes-julkowski@educational-advisor.com  Also recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Michael Gerner, Ph.D., P.C. Flagstaff, President, Consulting Psychologists
specializes in G&T and twice exceptional children and adults; 3 N. Leroux Street, Suite 207, Flagstaff, AZ 86001, phone office/fax: (928) 214-0872, mobile: (928) 699-9565, e-mail: mgernerpsy@aol.com
 
California
Cheryl Bowers, Ph.D. Neuropsychologist, Santa Cruz
740 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, phone: 831-430-0100, e-mail: cabowers@mac.com Specializes in twice exceptional assessments of gifted children and adults
 
Lezley Holmes, LEP, Folsom
13405 Folsom Blvd. Ste. 220, Folsom, CA 95630, phone: (916) 300-1298
 
Carolyn Light, Ph.D., R.N., San Diego
Also specializes in twice-exceptional assessment and psychotherapy of gifted adults and children. Carmel Valley Road, Suite E, Del Mar, CA 92014, or La Plaza Dr, Suite 107, Dana Point, CA 92629, Phone: (619) 981-9366, e-mail: carolynlight@san.rr.com
 
David Palmer, Ph.D., Laguna Beach, Palmer Learning
Also specializes in LD / twice exceptional assessment and consultation; The Psychology Center, 380 Glenneyre, Laguna Beach, Ca. 92651, phone: (949) 892-9805, e-mail: dave@palmerlearning.com
 
 
Dan Peters, Ph.D., Summit Center Walnut Creek, Marin County, Napa, and Los Angeles
Educational and neuropsychological assessment, consultation, counseling, and psychotherapy for gifted and 2e children, their parents, and families. e-mail info@summitcenter.us, phone: 925-939-7500  
 
Dale Stuart, Ph.D., ScD., Torrance
also specializes in psychotherapy of gifted children and adults; 3524 Torrance Bl. #103, Torrance, CA 90503, e-mail: dalestuart@mac.com 
 
Colorado
Cathy Cohn, Ph.D., LCSW, Boulder
350 Broadway, Suite 210, Boulder 80305; phone: 303-939-8855; e-mail cathycohn11@gmail.com Also recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Gifted Development Center Denver
Linda Silverman, Ph.D., Director, Barbara ("Bobbie") Gilman, M.S., Associate Director, Betty Maxwell, M.A., Senior Staff Development Director, Director of Visual-Spatial Resource
phone: Denver (303) 837-8378 or toll free 888-GIFTED1, e-mail gifted@gifteddevelopment.com  Also recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Sue. M Hamm, Ph.D., Denver
3545 S. Tamarac St. Suite 330, Denver, CO 80237, phone: 303-582-5683
 
Nancy Winfrey, Ph.D., Denver
3300 East 1st Avenue #650, Denver, CO 80206, phone: 303-477-8181
 
 
Connecticut
Susan Berry, Ph.D., Glastonbury
799 Hebron Avenue, Second Floor, Glastonbury, CT 06033, phone: 860-633-3006
 
CT Center for Exceptional Learners, LLC, Madison
17 Woodland Road, Madison, CT 06443, phone: 860-661-0500
 
E. Michael Ellovich, Ph.D., Bloomfield
699 Bloomfield Avenue, Bloomfield, CT 06002, phone: 860-726-1851
 
Nancy D. Johnson, CCC L.P.C. M.S., Middletown
phone: 860-635-6517
 
Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Ph.D. (splits her time between Arizona, New York/New Jersey, and Connecticut)
Connecticut phone/fax: 860-429-4894; e-mail: cherkes-julkowski@educational-advisor.com  Also recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Paul Krubiner, Ph.D., Fairfield
phone: 203-334-8822
 
Stuart M. Losen, Ph.D., Westport
phone: 203-226-9038
 
Robert Margolies, Ph.D., Shelton
phone: 203-929-2093
 
Steven M. Sichel, Ph.D., Stamford
phone: 203-359-1272
 
Sherrill Werblood, Ph.D., Westport
phone: 203-254-0035
 
Yale Child Study Center New Haven
230 South Frontage Road, New Haven, CT. 06520, phone: 203-785-4239
 
Florida
Stephanie Castiglia, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Neuropsychologist Jupiter
609 N. Hepburn Ave #103, Jupiter 33458; phone: 561-745-5403; Recommended for twice exceptional assessment
 
Gary M. Eisenberg, Ph.D. Boca Raton
950 Glades Road, Boca Raton, Florida 33431, phone: 561-392-1414
 
Ken Richter, Ph.D., NCSP., CABA Valrico
e-mail richter239@msn.com or kenrichter@mac.com, phone: (813) 323-4050 or (813) 681-7591
 
Georgia
Steven Garber, Ph.D., Behavioral Institute of Atlanta
6000 Lake Forest Drive, Atlanta, GA 30328; phone: (404) 256-9325; Recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Spomenka Newman, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Psychological Services for Children, Atlanta
e-mail spomenka@mindspring.com
 
Illinois
Ari Goldstein, Ph.D.,  Chicago
2409 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, IL 60614; phone: (773) 755-1775; e-mail info@helpforld.com
 
Cheryl Lind, M.S., Ed.S., Park Ridge and Glenview
2604 E. Dempster Street, Park Ridge, 60068, phone: 847-933-2545, or second location: 1926 Waukegan Road, Glenview, 60025, phone: 847-901-0173
 
Andy Mahoney, M.S., L.P.T., L.M.F.T., The Center for Identity Potential Park Ridge
350 S. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, 60068, phone: 312-624-9815
 
Elizabeth Mika, Chicago area
e-mail elamika@yahoo.com, phone: 847-543-9550
 
Michelle Navarro, Psy.D., Long Grove
4180 Hwy 83, Long Grove, phone: 847-821-1450
 
Indiana
School Psychology Clinic Muncie
Teachers College at Ball State University
 
Iowa
Rachel Heiss, Ph.D. Des Moines
1922 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines 50309, e-mail rheissphd@hotmail.com, phone: (515) 471-5070
 
Assessment and Counseling Clinic Belin-Blank Center Iowa City
Note: as of 2/15/14, the center is not accepting any new assessment clients due to long waiting list. University of Iowa, phone: (319) 335-6148  Also recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Kentucky
Edward R. Amend, Psy.D, Amend Psychological Services, Lexington
phone: (859) 269-6465, e-mail info@amendpsych.com
 
Suzanne M. James, Psy.D, Fort Mitchell
305 Artillery Park Drive, Ste 102, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017, phone: 859-426-0200, e-mail sm.james@hotmail.com
 
Kelly McGraw Browning, Pediatric Psychological Services, Louisville
9700 Park Plaza Avenue, Louisville, 40241, phone: (502) 429-kid1 (5431)
 
Victoria Ragsdell, Ph.D, Louisville
13113 Eastpoint Park Boulevard Suite H, Louisville, phone: 502-314-8835, e-mail victoria.ragsdell@gmail.com
 
Maryland
CTY Diagnostic and Counseling Center
Johns Hopkins University
 
Judith M. Glasser, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
PO Box 3552, Silver Spring, MD 20918-3552, 301-681-3223
 
Anthony Henley, Psy.D. Rockville, MA, Herndon, VA, and Springfield, VA
Psychoeducational assessment, specializes in dyslexia, learning disabilities, and attention issues. Recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Rich Weinfeld Weinfeld Education Group (WEG) Silver Spring
Neuro Psychological and psychoeducational assessments, and Interdisciplinary Autism Evaluation; 104 Northwood Avenue, Silver Spring 20901; phone: 301-681-6233; Recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Massachusetts
Mary Coakley-Welch, Ph.D. Lexington
781-368-9020

Liana Peña Morgens, Ph.D. Waltham

Dr. Morgens specializes in neuropsychological evaluations for individuals where their neuro-cognitive profile may be affecting other areas of development or functioning such as learning, social, emotional and/or adaptive; evaluations for Spanish speakers are available; 298 Crescent Street, phone: (781) 899-1160
 
Isabelle Stevens, Psy.D. Arlington
420 Mass. Ave., Suite 102, Arlington, phone: (617) 510-5883
 
Aimee Yermish, Psy.D. DaVinci Learning Stow
 14 Red Acre Road #3, Stow, MA 01775, e-mail: aimee@davincilearning.org, (978) 461-4815
 
Michigan
Roger Lauer, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, Clinical Neuropsychologist Center for Neuropsychology, Learning & Development Ann Arbor
1955 Pauline Blvd, Ann Arbor 48103; phone: 734-994-9466; Recommended for twice exceptional assessment
 
Adam Plotnick Farmington Hills
specializes in the evaluation of gifted with ADHD and learning disabilities, phone (248) 471-0071  Recommended for twice exceptional assessment
 
University of Michigan University Center for Child and Family (UCCF), Ann Arbor
500 E. Washington St., Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, phone: (734) 764-9466
 
Minnesota
Stuart Dansinger, Licensed Psychologist, Minneapolis
110 Bank St. SE, Suite 1601, Minneapolis, MN 55414, phone (612) 378-9444. e-mail: sdansinger@minneapolis-psychologist.com
 
Karen Rogers
University of St. Thomas, e-mail KBROGERS@stthomas.edu
 
Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D., Educational Psychologist, Golden Valley
e-mail educationoptions@cs.com, phone: (763) 521-4565
 
Missouri
Gery Gremmelsbacher, NCSP
office:  (314) 842-9109, e-mail geryg@sbcglobal.net
 
New Hampshire
Sandra-Leigh Sprecker Marlow
e-mail sandraleigh@email.com; phone: (603) 863-7292
 
New Jersey
Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Ph.D. (splits her time between Arizona, New York/New Jersey, and Connecticut)
New Jersey/New York phone: 732-988-8432; e-mail: cherkes-julkowski@educational-advisor.com  Also recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Barbara Louis, Ph.D., The Gifted Child Clinic, Metuchen
340 Amboy Avenue, Suite D, Metuchen, NJ 08840; phone: 860-850-0124; email: giftedchildclinic@gmail.com
 
New York
Julia Osborn
moving...
 
Patricia Schuler Creative Insights
1 University Pl # 5, Rensselaer, NY 12144, phone: (518) 257-2018  Also recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, Ph.D. (splits her time between Arizona, New York/New Jersey, and Connecticut)
Connecticut phone/fax: 860-429-4894; New Jersey/New York phone: 732-988-8432; Arizona phone: 480-209-1968; e-mail: cherkes-julkowski@educational-advisor.com  Also recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
North Carolina
Dilworth Psychotherapy Associates Janet Athey, Ph.D.
The Scott-Hoke House, 1717 Cleveland Avenue, Charlotte NC 28203, e-mail: jathey@dilworthpsychotherapy.com, phone: 704-334-4300
 
Success in Mind Beth Briere, M.D.
324 Blackwell Street, Suite 1240, Durham, NC 27701, e-mail: info@success-in-mind.org,. phone: 919-680-8921 or 877-680-8921  Also recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Lake Norman Pediatric Therapy Danielle Farese Milburn, Ph.D.
Catawba Avenue, Cornelius NC 28031, phone: 704-728-7364, or The Children's House, Park Drive, Charlotte NC,  28204, phone: 704-728-9672
 
Ohio
Family Achievement Clinic Sylvia B. Rimm Ph.D., Director
Cleveland, phone: (800) 795-7466
 
Oklahoma
CAPES (Child and Adolescent Program Enrichment Services)
Tulsa; e-mail specialists@CAPESinc.org. Recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Oregon
Child and Family Psychiatric Center of Southern Oregon, Dr. Brittany Ward, psychologist
3132 State Street, Medford, Oregon, 97504, Phone (541) 776-0821
 
Pennsylvania
California University of Pennsylvania School Psychology Clinic, supervised by Elizabeth Mason, Ph.D., N.C.S.P.
(724) 938-4403 or (724) 938-4100
 
Dominic DeLuigi, Psychologist
Beaver, phone (724) 728-6670
 
Margaret J. Kay, Ed.D. Psychologist
2818 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, phone: (717) 569-6223, e-mail: MJK@MargaretKay.com
 
Arthur F. Moffa II, MA, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Licensed Psychologist
280 North Providence Road, Post Office Box 2067, Media, phone: (610) 566-4050
 
Center for the Gifted C. Suzanne Schneider, Philadelphia
e-mail suzanne.schneider6@verizon.net, phone: (215) 849-5077
 
Bonnie Socket, Ph.D. West Chester
104 S. Church Street, West Chester, PA 19382, phone: 610-696-2009

 
Rhode Island
Gifted Resource Center of New England Deirdre V. Lovecky, Providence
e-mail GRCNE02940@aol.com, phone: (401) 421-3426. Recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Tennessee
Joseph McLaughlin, Brentwood
phone: (615) 370-4977
 
Texas
Scott Hammel, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist, Austin Testing and Parenting Group Austin
3660 Stoneridge Road, Austin 78746, phone: (512) 329-8222
 
Dilip Karnik, MD. Neuropsychologist, Austin
e-mail: meditexas@gmail.com; phone: 512-628-1850. Recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Karen Langdon, M. Ed., a.b.d. in Clinical Psychology Austin
e-mail ksl@austin.rr.com, phone: (512) 203-4540
 
Beth Lusby, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist, Cornerstone Assessment & Guidance Center, LP Colleyville
e-mail DrBeth@cagclp.com, phone: (817) 428-9810
 
Daniel Thompson, Ph.D. and Frank Emmett, Ph.D., Mindwise Now at The Ecumenical Center San Antonio
South Texas Medical Center and 281 & McCullough, phone: 210.616.0885
 
Tandra Tyler-Wood Denton
e-mail wood@tac.coe.unt.edu, phone: (940) 565-2959
 
Vermont
Trevor J. Tebbs, Ph.D. Ed. Psych. Bomoseen
POB 276, Bomoseen VT 05732, phone: (802) 273 3882, e-mail: trevor@tebbspsychology.com
Educational consultant specializing in the social emotional and educational needs of gifted individuals; registered psychotherapist offering testing (WISC-IV, etc.) and counseling to the gifted population... 
Virginia
Anthony Henley, Psy.D. Rockville, MA, Herndon, VA, and Springfield, VA
Psychoeducational assessment, specializes in dyslexia, learning disabilities, and attention issues. Recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
John D. Wasserman, Ph.D. Weinfeld Education Group, LLC
Gifted and gifted/LD assessments, Phone: 301-681-6233
 
Washington
Steve Curtis, Ph.D., Child Clinical Psychologist, Lifespan Psychological Services
Jane E. Curtis
, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Lifespan Psychological Services
11290 Sunrise Drive, NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, phone: (206) 780-7782
 
Carol Cole, Lake Union Psychiatric Group
3123 Fairview Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102, 206-324-4500
 
Fernette Eide M.D. and Brock Eide M.D. M.A., Neurolearning
6701 139th Place SW, Edmonds, WA 98026, phone: (425) 742-2218, fax: (425) 742-8115, e-mail feide@neurolearning.com
Interest in helping 'twice exceptional' individuals - gifted children with strong learning differences, learning disabilities, and other disabilities (including sensory integration, dysgraphia, pre-maturity)
 
Linda Powers-Leviton, M.A., MFT West Coast Office of the Gifted Development Center Kirkland
11635 91st Pl. NE, Suite 1A and B, Kirkland, WA 98034; phone: 818-203-5987; Also recommended for twice exceptional assessments
 
Robinson Center for Young Scholars
phone: (206) 543-4160
 
Wisconsin
Educational Assessment Service, Inc. Sylvia B. Rimm Ph.D., Director
Sees patients in Wisconsin on a limited basis; Watertown, phone: (800) 795-7466
 
Katherine Halley Baraboo and Madison
e-mail khalley@madison.k12.wi.us, phone: Baraboo (608) 356-9066 
 

updated July 28, 2014

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