Our Clinicians are the heart and soul of the Hallowell Center. They are dedicated to helping people lead happier, more productive lives. Our Clinicians embody the philosophy upon which the Hallowell Center is founded. They bring intelligence, dedication and compassion to their work.
We believe it is important for you to know the educational/professional backgrounds of the people who treat you. Enclosed are descriptions of their education, professional experience and clinical expertise. Please feel free to call us to ask questions about our Clinicians and to determine who might best be suited to address your individual needs.
With all best wishes,
Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
Dr. Laurie Cestnick has been conducting neuropsychological, educational, and psychological/projective evaluations for fifteen years. Her work expands clinical, research and teaching arenas, where she tests persons for developmental and/or acquired concerns, examines clinical phenomenon through fMRI and MEG neuroimaging research, and teaches at local universities (Harvard Medical School and M.I.T.). Dr. Cestnick’s contributions to the fields of reading and dyslexia in particular are recognized internationally and she has received numerous awards for this work. In addition to testing many of our clients for attention, learning, and/or psychological concerns, she counsels children, adolescents, and adults and runs social skills groups for children. Scientific publications and sample reports from clinical evaluations can be viewed at www.lauriecestnick.com. Clients can also refer to this website to download developmental history questionnaires and complete them prior to meeting with Dr. Cestnick to assist with reviewing your case.
Linda M. Forsythe, M.D.
David James Keevil, Psy.D.
Dr. Kohlenberg is a board certified pediatrician with dual fellowship training in Developmental/ Behavioral Pediatrics and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is Co-President of the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents. Since 1995 Dr. Kohlenberg has worked in a variety of child psychiatry settings including Children’s Hospital, private practice, school consultation, and currently at the University of Massachusetts, where she teaches residents in the Child Behavior Clinic. She has particular interests in the challenges facing adoptive families, and in parent-child interaction. Dr. Kohlenberg graduated Cum Laude from Columbia University, and received her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics, and a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Amy Lister, M.D.
Shelley MacLeod is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She graduated cum laude from Simmons College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology. She also received a Master in Social Work from Simmons College. Ms. MacLeod is also a clinician at Riverside Outpatient Center in Norwood, MA, which is a community mental health center. Her work over the years has focused on providing individual and family therapy for children, adolescents and adults. She is skilled in creating strength based treatment plans in collaboration with clients. She provides a warm, safe environment for clients to work towards their goals. Using cognitive-behavioral approaches, in combination with play therapy and art, Ms. MacLeod helps clients with ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders. She has enjoyed conducting social skills groups for children and coaching parents on raising children with ADHD and other challenges.
Kimberly Rawlins, M.D.
Rebecca Shafir . is a speech/language pathologist, neurotherapist and author of the award-winning book The Zen of Listening: Mindful Communication in the Age of Distraction (Quest Books 2000). Formerly, the Chief of Speech/Language Pathology at the Lahey Clinic, Ms. Shafir has over twenty five years of clinical experience in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adults with speech, language, and voice disorders. Her advice has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Washington Post and other major national publications. Her specialties include LENS neurofeedback for children and adults, biofeedback for stress management, HEG hemoencephalography and executive function training.
Saumya G. Sharma, Ph.D.
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