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School Neuropsychology: Linking Assessment to Intervention for Students with Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disorders and Developmental Disorders

  • 21 Oct 2016
  • 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Grappone Center, Concord NH


  • Enrolled half-time or more (minimum of 6 semester hours or the equivalent per semester) in a program leading to an advanced degree in school psychology or other related field. (35 hours per week).

NHASP Annual Fall Conference

October 21, 2016

Grappone Conference Center

 School Neuropsychology: Linking Assessment to Intervention for Students with Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disorders and Developmental Disorders

Presented by 

Dr. Ann Leonard-Zabel

Substituting for Dr. Daniel C. Miller

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m

Registration Begins at 7:45 a.m.

 Grappone Conference Center

70 Constitution Avenue, Concord NH

Registration by mail is closed

Online registration will close Sunday 10/16/16 at 5:00 pm

This program is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA) and NHASP.  NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists

These credits are also accepted by the State Board of Mental Health Practice for all New Hampshire licensees. NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Dr. Leonard-Zabel will provide participants with an overview of how a neuropsychological perspective can aid in our understanding of common neurodevelopmental disorders and provide stronger linkages with evidence-based interventions. 

 Learning Objectives

Over the course of this workshop, participants will:

1. Identify at least three reasons for the increased interest in school neuropsychology in recent years. 

2. Recognize at least four practices that reflect current state-of-the-art practices in school neuropsychology. 

3. Distinguish the appropriateness of a referral considering brain-behavior attributes and markers,

4. Discuss the Integrated School Neuropsychology / Cross-Battery Assessment Conceptual Model and how this model can be used to guide the interpretation of our assessments and help us choose proper evidence-based assessments. 

5. Determine three ways in which a case study illustrates the school neuropsychological perspective.

Dr. Leonard-Zabel is passionate about the further integration of neuropsychological principles into the practice of School Psychology. She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences within various aspects of School Neuropsychology, Disability Analysis and Forensics. Recently she served as the Keynote Speaker and presented two paper presentations on TBI and Autism at the 24th Annual World Congress on Learning Disabilities at Sunderland University, London England.  Recently, she was featured within the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards for her accomplishment achieving her international certifications in Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has served for ten years as a Clinical Instructor and Clinical Supervision within the School Neuropsychology Post-Graduate/Post-Doctoral Certificate Program under the direction of Dr. Daniel Miller. She assists with training professionals in the United States and abroad to be a board certified Diplomate by the American Board of School Neuropsychology. She is considered to be one of the leading authorities in the specialty of School Neuropsychology within the areas of Ethics & Law, Emotional Disturbance, and Autism, among others.

Dr. Ann Leonard-Zabel is a Full Professor of Psychology at Curry College. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, a Master's degree from Bridgewater State University, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies Degree from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, and her Doctorate Degree from Nova Southeastern University. In addition, Dr. Leonard-Zabel completed graduate course work in Paralegal Studies, a post-doctoral fellowship in Attentional Disorders and post-doctoral course training in Special Education Law, Neuropsychology, Forensics and Homeland Security. Dr. Leonard-Zabel owns a private international practice specializing in evaluations and consultation for neuro-behavioral learning disabilities, neuro-developmental disorders, emotional-behavioral difficulties, forensic examiner evaluations and substance abuse. Dr. Leonard-Zabel served 16-years as a voluntary member on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts School Psychologist Association and served as an Executive Board Member of the American Board of School Neuropsychology. She holds state, national, diplomat and fellow certifications/licenses in the field of School Neuropsychology, School Psychology, Disability Analysis, Autism, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Homeland Security, Forensic Counseling, Clinical Counseling, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Addictions.

Recently, she was awarded the American Psychotherapy Association Board Certification as a Post Traumatic Disorders Specialist, as well as, the Certified Autism Specialist and the Advanced Certified Autism Specialist Level 1 & 2 credentials.  In addition, she was awarded Emeritus Status from the American Board of Disability Analysts attesting to the highest level of skill and expertise in area of Disability Analysis. Most recently, Dr. Leonard-Zabel was awarded the Distinguished Leadership Circle of Directors from the American Board of Disability Analysts and was awarded the title of Honorary Founding Faculty Member for the American College of Disability Analysts. Two years ago she was recognized in the American Psychological Association Journal (APA) under the personality and achievement section. The APA Journal is distributed to 100,000 members annually. In August 2014, she was invited as the Keynote Speaker at the F.L. Chamberlain International School's graduation ceremony. Her topic: "Inspiration for Your Life." In May 2015, Dr. Leonard-Zabel received two awards from Curry College: "Person of the Year" and "Excellence in Teaching-Research, which she states “is the highest honor she could ever receive in her career." In addition, Dr. Leonard-Zabel was recognized and awarded during the summer of 2015 with the Diplomat credential from the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security.

Dr. Leonard-Zabel was unanimously elected to serve a three-year term on the Learning Disabilities Worldwide Congress Board of Directors (LDW). Dr. Leonard-Zabel holds appointments to both the Editorial Board for the Journal of Psychology & Clinical Psychiatry and the Editorial Board of the International Journal of School and Cognitive Psychology. She also served as one of the Associated Editor of the Insight of Learning Disabilities from Prevailing Theories to Validated Practices which is an international journal published by Learning Disabilities Worldwide.

Dr. Leonard-Zabel is a presenter at national and international conferences on an ongoing basis. This summer 2016 she presented at the School Neuropsychology Summer Institute in Dallas, Texas, USA on the topic “Solving Ethical Issues from a School Neuropsychological Forensic Perspective”. In the spring 2016 she was the Keynote Speaker at the Opioid Summit sponsored by Curry College which was opened to the public. She presented, along with several professionals, on how to understand brain-behavior perspectives of addiction with adolescents and possible solutions to this epidemic. In the summer 2015 she presented at the School Neuropsychology Summer Institute on the Neuro-Profiling of the Hijacked Brain: Adolescent Addiction- Assessment, Diagnosis and Intervention.  As a result of excellent reviews, she was asked to conduct two webinar trainings for the American Board of School Neuropsychology on the Hijacked Brain, as well as, Ethical and Legal Dilemmas Impacting School Neuropsychological Practice which is now available to 35,000 psychologist and mental health professionals. 

Dr. Leonard-Zabel was elected, over the past several years, by several senior students at the Curry College "High Honors Senior Event" as the one who was most influential in their academic achievement of success and mentorship. In 2014, she was one of several continuing education professors recognized by the Alexander Graham Bell Honor Society - Curry College Division - for excellence with student mentorship and student achievement. She was chosen to be the fall 2014 Curry College Convocation Faculty Speaker which is an event welcoming over 700 incoming freshman to the college. Currently, Dr. Leonard-Zabel is working on developing the Psychological Practice Assistant Concentration Program, within the Psychology Department, which has the unanimous support of her colleagues and college administration.

Dr. Leonard-Zabel's research interests include Neuropsychology, Learning Disabilities, Social-Emotional Disorders, Forensics, Ethical & Legal Issues, Autism Assessment, Disability Law, Military Psychology, Addictions, the Neuropsychological Impact of Cancer Treatment on the Pediatric Brain and the Neuropsychological Effects of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) on the Developing Child and Adolescent Brain.  She has written and presented national/international professional webinars, journal articles and chapters for textbooks. Dr. Leonard-Zabel serves as a reviewer of textbooks for publication especially in the fields of Neuropsychology and Forensics. She is currently working on a book called “The Hijacked Brain: A Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention Approach Addressing Pre-Adolescent and Adolescent Addiction”. 

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