Dr. Kathleen Bree
Coordinator / MC2 Consultant
As a psychologist, Kate’s primary areas of interest include child and family functioning. In particular, her professional focus is in pediatric neuropsychology and neuropsychological assessment. Much of her formal training and her personal interest has focused upon the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, including:
- Gifted Intellect & Asynchronous Development
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Executive Dysfunction (e.g., attention, impulse control, and executive function deficits)
- Learning Disorders
In addition to neuropsychological assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, Kate also has a strong interest in developing neurodevelopmentally-based interventions to address and comprehensively treat neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD, learning disorders, and Autism. Much of this treatment approach is based on medical rehabilitative interventions for adults who have experienced a traumatic brain injury. Therefore, the approach incorporates exercises and techniques frequently used in speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy, as these approaches have shown success in the adult population. Through her training and continuing practice at Beljan Psychological Services, LLC, Kate has had the unique opportunity to learn about and assist in the ongoing development of a neurodevelopmental intervention program, the Motor Cognition 2 program developed by Paul Beljan, PsyD, ABPdN, ABN.
Providing parents, caregivers, and teachers with an understanding of the neurodevelopmental basis of particular aspects of their child’s behavior, experience, and functioning is another aspect of practice which Kate particularly enjoys, as she is able to help caregivers more fully understand their child and continue to guide their child’s development. Additionally, maintaining a small therapy caseload helps to balance Kate’s professional practice and provide important additional services to children and families.