The NeuroDevelopment Center Staff

Our clinical staff is multi-disciplinary and includes psychologists, social workers, and physicians.

Our Leadership Team

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Laurence M. Hirshberg, Ph.D., BCN.
Director
Clinical Assistant Professor, Alpert Medical School, Brown University.

The NeuroDevelopment Center is directed by Laurence M. Hirshberg, Ph.D. Dr. Hirshberg is a licensed clinical psychologist, and serves on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior of the Brown University Medical School as Clinical Assistant Professor. Specializing in work with neurodevelopmental disorders for over 25 years, he consults and trains educators and clinicians across New England. Dr. Hirshberg has published and presented in many areas of clinical psychology and child development.  Prior research includes studies of neurophysiological and neurocognitive predictors of response to treatment in major depression, quantitative EEG indicators of autism spectrum disorder, and studies of infant attachment and social referencing. Together with Brown colleague Lindsay Oberman, he is currently conducting a pilot study of transcranial direct current electrical stimulation as a treatment for ADHD. See his complete vita or an updated list of publications.

 

Education

Ph.D – Clinical Psychology | University of Michigan

MA – Philosophy | NYU, Stony Brook

BA –  Social Theory | Hampshire College

Certifications | Fellowships | Awards

Certified Health Service Provider in Psychology: The National Register of Health Service Providers

RI and MA Licensed Psychologist

EEG biofeedback certification: Biofeedback Institute of America.

Fellow: International Society for Neurofeedback and Research

Presidential Award of Merit: International Society for Neurofeedback and Research for “distinguished achievement in clinical work and scholarly publications in neurofeedback”.

Specializations

Diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders in children and adults.

Neurofeedback and quantitative EEG for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors.

Our Professional Team

Rachel Baldwin, Ph.D.

Rachel Baldwin, Ph.D.

Dr. Baldwin is a clinical psychologist with specialized training in neuropsychological assessment. She completed a two year fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Baldwin provides comprehensive evaluations with children including neuropsychological, developmental, educational, and psychological assessments. She offers diagnostic assessments for children and their families related to problems with attention, learning, behavioral concerns, psychological functioning, developmental delays, trauma, and neuropsychological correlates to complex medical conditions. She is also available for school consultations and continued consultation regarding testing results. She has particular expertise in assessing children during early childhood (18 months to 6 years old), anxiety disorders, and adjustment to diagnosis.

Education

Ph.D.- Clinical Psychology | University of Rhode Island

M.A.- Child Development | Tufts University

B.A. – Psychology | Carleton College

Certifications | Specialties

RI Licensed Psychologist

Member, American Psychological Association

Member, International Neuropsychological Society

Assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders, attention disorders, language disorders, learning disorders, anxiety disorders, traumatic stress disorders, depression, and developmental disorders

Expertise in developmental assessments in early childhood

 

Jillian DePaul, Ph.D.

Jillian DePaul, Ph.D.

Dr. DePaul earned both her Master’s and doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology at Boston College.  Dr. DePaul provides comprehensive evaluations with adolescents and adults experiencing problems with attention, executive functioning, learning disorders, psychological and socio-emotional functioning. She also provides individual psychotherapy with adults dealing with a wide range of concerns. She has worked extensively with clients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender (LGBT).

Education

Ph.D. – Counseling Psychology | Boston College

M.A. – Counseling Psychology | Boston College

M.Ed. –  Elementary Education | University of Notre Dame

B.A. – English and Film Studies | University of Notre Dame

Certifications | Specialties

Licensed Psychologist

Member American Psychological Association

 Assessment and diagnosis of attention disorders, learning disabilities, executive dysfunction, mood disorders and anxiety disorders in children, adolescent and adult populations.

 Treatment of depression, anxiety and relationship problems in adolescents and adults.

Working with LGBT-identified individuals and providing guidance for families on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.

 

Nancy Hetherington

Nancy Hetherington, LICSW

Nancy Hetherington has been a therapist in Rhode Island since 1980.  She has worked in the areas of adult literacy, learning disabilities, and health care advocacy.  She has included neurofeedback in her practice for the past 10 years, using this therapy to treat adults and children with anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress, ADHD and ASD.

Education

MSW – Social Work | Rhode Island College

MDiv – Andover Newton Theological School

BA – Zoology | Kansas University

Certifications | Specialties

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Academy of Certified Social Workers

 

Carol Oster

Carol Oster, Psy.D.

Dr. Oster earned her Master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at Forest Institute of Professional Psychology. Specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and psychological assessment, she taught and supervised doctoral students for over twenty years, serving on the faculties of the Adler School of Professional Psychology and Argosy University, Chicago. She has served on the executive committees of the Illinois Psychological Association and the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. Dr. Oster has presented and published several articles and book chapters on parenting and on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has a particular interest in working with those in the creative and performing arts, particularly acting, writing, and related professions, helping them cope with the unique demands of their professions. Dr. Oster provides comprehensive evaluations of adolescents and adults experiencing problems with attention, executive functioning, learning disorders, psychological and socio-emotional functioning. She also provides individual psychotherapy with adolescents and adults dealing with a wide range of concerns.

Education

Psy.D. – Clinical Psychology | Forest Institute of Professional Psychology

MA – Clinical Psychology | Forest Institute of Professional Psychology

BA – Elementary Education | University of Illinois Chicago

Certifications | Specialities

RI Licensed Psychologist

Advanced Certificate in CBT, Adler School of Professional Psychology

Certificate in Adlerian Psychotherapy, Adler School of Professional Psychology

Specializations

Assessment of learning disabilities, attention disorders, and other psychological/emotional problems in children, adolescent and adult populations.
Treatment of depression, anxiety, performance issues, and relationship problems in adolescents and adults, using CBT.
Non-traditional relationship issues, parenting, career/work life issues, women’s issues, working with LGBT individuals, working with writers and individuals in the creative and performing arts

Neurofeedback and qEEG technicians

We are very fortunate to have a great team of technicians with very long experience, terrific technical skills, and great people skills too. This team includes:

  • Santo Sengupta, who doubles as neurofeedback technician and information technology manager.
  • Joshua McLean, who serves as neurofeedback technician.

NDC office team

Last but by no means least: We have a great office staff to help you with practical matters such as scheduling, insurance, and billing. This team includes:

  • Tara Langlais, our receptionist and office manager. Her email is tlanglais@neurodevelopmentcenter.com.
  • Ron Gervais, our billing and insurance verification specialist.
  • Michelle Lopes, our financial manager.