NESCA Post-Doctoral Fellow Wins Coveted Research Grant: Dr. Jennifer Greif Green to Study Neuropsychological Evaluation Effectiveness

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NESCA Founder and Director Dr. Ann Helmus today announced that Jennifer Greif Green, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow in training at her Newton, Massachusetts pediatric neuropsychology practice, has been awarded a coveted research grant by the National Academy of Neuropsychology. This grant will fund a year-long study of the effectiveness of neuropsychological evaluations, using NESCA's protocol as a model, beginning in September, 2009.

Jennifer Greif Green, Ph.D., a post-doctoral fellow in training at NESCA, p.c., a private Newton, Massachusetts pediatric neuropsychology practice, has been awarded a coveted research grant by the National Academy of Neuropsychology. This grant will fund a year-long study of the effectiveness of neuropsychological evaluations, using NESCA's protocol as a model, beginning in September, 2009.

Founded in 2007 by Dr. Ann Helmus, NESCA (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children and Adolescents) provides a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for clients with learning disabilities and developmental disorders, including autism.

Dr. Green's work will focus on outcomes for children and adolescents diagnosed with learning disabilities, which are among the most common reasons for referral. Families arranging for evaluations at NESCA will be invited to participate in the study, on an entirely voluntary basis. Parents who choose to participate will be asked to complete a series of measures assessing their child's academic, social, and emotional functioning, as well as their overall satisfaction with their neuropsychological evaluation.

Dr. Green notes, "Health insurance companies are increasingly limiting approval of neuropsychological evaluation, and restricting units of payment. There is a need for data on the effectiveness of evaluations to inform funding policies and provide information to families deciding whether to pay individually."

It has been hypothesized--but too little studied--that after a neuropsychological evaluation, the functioning of children will improve. However, there is limited research on which children are most likely to benefit from evaluations, and what components of the evaluations are most effective for improving outcomes.

Dr. Green said "We hope that the results of this study will have implications for improving neuropsychological evaluations. We also hope to develop methodologies that can be used more widely by other pediatric neuropsychologists committed to measuring the impact of their interventions."

Dr. Helmus added, "Competition for grant funding is extremely intense in this economic climate, so we are particularly proud that Jen's work has been recognized in this way. We will use her results to improve the quality and usefulness of the services we offer, as part of our ongoing effort to embrace best practices in all aspects of our work."

About Jennifer Greif Green, Ph.D.

Jennifer Greif Green is a post-doctoral trainee at NESCA under the supervision of Dr. Ann Helmus. Dr. Green earned her B.A. at Brandeis University and then, her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). At UCSB, Dr. Green worked in the Psychology Assessment Center, conducting psychological and neuropsychological evaluations of children, adolescents and adults.

Dr. Green completed a pre-doctoral clinical internship in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. In addition to training at NESCA, Dr. Green is also a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, where she is involved with research on adolescent mental health. Dr. Green is happy to be living in Brookline and working at NESCA.

About NESCA

NESCA tests, evaluates and treats children - aged pre-school through adolescence - who are confronted by developmental, learning or emotional challenges. NESCA offers a full range of neuropsychological testing, diagnostic and treatment services, specializing in the evaluation and remediation of nonverbal and other learning disabilities, assessment of executive functioning and ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, special education issues, school placements and tutoring, as well as projective testing, counseling, social skills development and yoga-based, mind-body integration therapy.

For additional information, please visit NESCA's website, http://www.nesca-newton.com.

Contact:

Sandra Oliveira
617-658-9800
NESCA, p.c.
http://www.nesca-newton.com

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