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Each quarter, we'll share answers to common questions.  On occasion, we'll also tap internal and external experts to share their perspectives.  In this inaugural issue, meet some members from your Pearson Clinical Assessment Training and Professional Development Team, and see if their thoughts about the challenges and opportunities facing clinicians are similar to yours.

Trainer Bios


 

  • Amy Dilworth Gabel

    Degree(s) & Institution(s)

    • Ph.D., M.S., School Psychology, Penn State University
    • B. A. Psychology, Certification in Elementary Education, Gettysburg College

    Area(s) of Specialty

    Assessment of preschool through college; linking assessment to intervention

    Relevant Publications

    Gabel, A.D. (2009). Best Practices in the Assessment of Emotional Disorders. In Emotional Disorders: A Neuropsychological, Psychopharmacological, and Educational Perspective, S. Feifer and G. Rattan (Eds.), School Neuropsychology Press, pp. 249-268.

    Weiss, L.W. and Gabel, A.D. (2007). WISC-IV Technical Report #6: Using the Cognitive Proficiency Index in Psychoeducational Assessment. San Antonio, Texas: Harcourt Assessment/PsychCorp.

    Fun fact

    I once returned from a state association conference with a feral kitten.

    Area of greatest challenge and/or opportunity facing clinicians today:

    I see one of our greatest opportunities as being linked to a challenge. The opportunity is that we have relatively easy access to so much more information to help us become even better clinicians. However, I think the challenge comes in finding the time to keep up with that information, as well as evaluate it critically. Sometimes, extreme positions are presented in our filed as if there are no plausible alternatives. However, if the questions are asked or analyzed in a slightly different manner, the data may suggest another view. This healthy dialogue, when it occurs in a professional and mutually respectful manner, is important to continued growth. On a more micro-level, with the population aging, one of our greatest opportunities (and associated challenges) will be serving more people for a longer period of time.

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  • Adam Scheller

    Degree(s) & Institution(s)

    • B.A. Psychology – Duquesne University
    • MS,Ed, Ph.D. School Psychology – Duquesne University

    Area(s) of Specialty

    Cognitive and functional assessment, linking assessment to intervention, neurodevelopmental disorders, Autism

    Fun fact

    Adam is the son of an Italian immigrant and grew up speaking both English and Italian. He loves to cook and borrows his style from his Nonna, who when asked about how to make something would always say, "Non lo so (I don't know)…how much I put in there. Un po 'di questo e un po' di quello (A pinch of this and a pinch of that)."

    Area of greatest challenge and/or opportunity facing clinicians today:

    "Positive first! A great opportunity for our field comes from our passion and ability to help those who experience intolerance and bigotry. We are well positioned to help guide society into a world built on understanding and acceptance."

    "I think one of the greatest challenges affecting the practice of psychology today has to do with parity, both in the professional sense and in the business sense. I can't tell you how many great psychologists I've meet all over the country who continue to struggle with maintaining quality of care in an era where reimbursement rates are so low."

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  • Gloria Maccow

    Degree(s) & Institution(s)

    • Ph.D. School Psychology, Texas A&M University
    • Ed. S. School Psychology, University of Florida
    • Bachelor of Law, University of the Netherlands Antilles<
    • M.S. Ed. Educational Research and Evaluation, University of Miami
    • B. S. Psychology, University of Miami

    Area(s) of Specialty

    Assessment and Early Intervention

    Relevant Publications

    Maccow, G., Howard, A., & Swerdlik, M. (2006). Prematurity. 

    In Bear, G. G., Minke, K. M., & Thomas, A. (Eds.). Children's Needs III: Development, Problems, and Alternatives (pp. 763-774). Washington, DC:  National Association of School Psychologists.      

    Fun fact

    Ik spreek Nederlands.

    Area of greatest challenge and/or opportunity facing clinicians today:

    The availability of so many online resources makes it easy for clinicians to get answers to their questions in real time.

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  • Anne-Marie Kimbell, Ph.D., M.S.Ed

    Degree(s) & Institution(s)

    • Baylor University (M.S.Ed)
    • Texas A&M University, Ph.D.

    Area(s) of Specialty

    Geropsychology, Neuropsychology, Rehabilitation Psychology, Assessment

    Fun fact

    I am a beekeeper!

    Area of greatest challenge and/or opportunity facing clinicians today:

    Preparing the workforce for serving the growing population of older adults.

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