The NeuroDevelopment Center Staff

Our clinical staff is multi-disciplinary and includes psychologists and social workers:

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

 

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

Luz Teixeira, Ph.D.

Dr Teixeira received her Master’s degree from Long Island University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. She completed her internship at Cambridge Hospital/ Harvard Medical School with specialized training in Neuropsychological Assessment. She completed 3 additional years of post-graduation work in the same field; 1 year at Cambridge Hospital and 2 years at NRI in Woonsocket, RI. She worked at Cambridge Health Alliance 15 years and coincidentally for over 20 years at her private practice in Pawtucket, RI providing psychotherapy and as a consultant for SSDI where she provided psychological evaluations and diagnosis assessment of children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Teixeira provides comprehensive evaluations of adults and adolescents experiencing problems with attention, memory, executive functioning, developmental disorders, and emotional and psychological issues. She also provides individual psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults with a range of concerns.

Education

PhD Clinical Psychology | University of Rhode Island

MA General Psychology | Long Island University

BA Psychology | Rhode Island College

Certifications | Specialities

RI Licensed Psychologist
MA Licensed Psychologist
Member American Psychological Association

Specializations

Assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorder, attention disorders, learning disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Erin Sweeney, Psy.D.

Dr. Sweeney is a clinical psychologist with specialized training in neuropsychological assessment. She completed a two year fellowship in neuropsychology at Washington Medical Group in Washington D.C. Dr. Sweeney conducts comprehensive evaluations of young adult to geriatric patients including neuropsychological, educational, and psychological assessments. She offers diagnostic assessments for patients related to problems with attention, behavioral concerns, psychological functioning, trauma, and neuropsychological correlates to complex medical conditions. She is also available for continued consultation regarding testing results. She has particular expertise in assessing traumatic brain injuries, adjustment to diagnosis, and attention disorders.

Education

Psy.D.- Clinical Psychology | American School of Professional Psychology

M.A.- Psychology I Rhode Island College

B.S. – Psychology | College of Charleston

Certifications | Specialities

RI Licensed Psychologist
Member American Psychological Association

Specializations

Assessment and diagnosis of traumatic brain injury, attention disorders, anxiety disorders, traumatic stress disorders, depression, and memory disorders.

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 and EEG recording 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.
  • Michelle Lopes, our financial manager.