Learning and Development Center

When children enter the classroom, they bring their unique gifts as well as challenges. Even if their gifts are exceptional, difficulties in school can leave kids feeling frustrated, anxious and inadequate.

The Child Mind Institute’s Learning and Development Center is dedicated to giving children the tools and support they need to manage their learning difficulties and succeed in school.

Conditions we treat include:

  • Dyslexia and related reading problems
  • Dysgraphia and related writing problems
  • Mathematics disorder
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Visual-spatial weaknesses and related nonverbal learning problems
  • Autism
  • Speech and language difficulties

Our expert team of clinicians provides a range of services, from evaluations and testing, personalized education plans, school placement consultation, and skills interventions and remediation. We also provide specialized evaluations and treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder as well as speech and language challenges.

Services we provide:

When medication may be helpful, our team works with board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists at the Child Mind Institute or partners with your own physician. Our psychiatrists offer expert consultation on whether medication can improve treatment outcome, and provide ongoing medication management when needed.

Our Team

Matthew M. Cruger, PhD
Matthew M. Cruger, PhD

Senior Director, Learning and Development Center

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Daryaneh Badaly, PhD

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Learning and Development Center

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Alex Bellantuono, PhD

Associate Neuropsychologist, Learning and Development Center

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Alice Brandwein, PhD
Alice Brandwein, PhD

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Learning and Development Center

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Lina Cherkasova

Clinical Extern, Learning and Development Center

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Brittney Fallucca, PhD

Associate Neuropsychologist, Learning and Development Center

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Amira Hanna

Clinical Extern, Learning and Development Center

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Alexandra Nussbaum, MS, CCC-SLP
Alexandra Levine, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist, Learning and Development Center

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Alnardo Martinez, MS

Behavioral Technician, Anxiety Disorders Center, Learning and Development Center

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Matthew Pagirsky, PsyD

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Learning and Development Center

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Laura Fuhrman
Laura Phillips, PsyD, ABPdN

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Learning and Development Center

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Erica Pazmino, MS

Clinical Extern, Learning and Development Center

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Carly Rossman, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist, Learning and Development Center

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Kenneth Schuster, PsyD
Kenneth Schuster, PsyD

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Learning and Development Center; Director of Clinical Training

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Ally Traister, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist, Learning and Development Center

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Amanda Wagner, PhD

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Learning and Development Center

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Adam Zamora, PsyD

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Learning and Development Center

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