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Lindsy Wagner, PsyD, CEO, Psychologist & Pediatric Neuropsychologist



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    DeeAnne Davis, MSW, LCSW



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      Wayne Etheridge, PhD, Psychologist



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        G. Rita Dudley-Grant PhD, MPH, ABPP, Clinical Community Outreach Coordinator



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          Sophia Joseph Parrilla, PhD, Psychologist, Clinical Director



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            Jeffrey P. Donnelly, MMSc, PA-C



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              Adriane Maier, PhD, BCBA-D, LMHC, Clinical Director



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                Ernest R. Jermin II, MD, Psychiatrist



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                  Courtney Mills, ABA Lead STEP



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                    Lorie Jeffers, Lead ABA Therapist



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                      Kristina Shiao, BCBA



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                        Melinda Shaw, BCBA



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                          Shayne O’Rourke-Testa, Program Coordinator



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                            Megan Burton, MSW Certified Social Worker



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                              A.Delyla Ulm M.Ed.,BCBA



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                                Richelle Wiltshire, M.S., MCFC Licensed Counselor, Group & Intern Coordinator



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                                  Sara Gunning, STEP Director, MAT, BCBA, LBA



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                                    Sarah Lima, PA-C, MCMSc



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                                      Lynisha Farrell, Lead ABA Therapist



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                                        Alea Bird, MSW, CSW, Social Worker



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                                          Lisa Westcott, BCaBA



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                                            Jhozna Gilbert, Lead ABA Therapist



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                                              Gloria Mendez, PhD, Psychologist



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                                                Emily Sobeck, M.A., BCBA



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                                                  Bailey McGuire, B.A., M.S., BCBA



                                                    Danielle Nussel

                                                    Danielle Nussel, BCBA 



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                                                      Rosalind Spells, MD, Psychiatrist



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                                                        Speech-Language Therapy



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                                                          Occupational Therapy



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                                                            Physical Therapy



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                                                              Arlene Garcia, Ed.D., LCSW



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                                                                Chloe Farris, LCSW



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                                                                  Debbie Roth, Certified Independent Social Worker

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                                                                    Debbie Roth, Certified Independent Social Worker

                                                                    Debbie is a licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree in social work. Debbie’s primary interests include working with teenagers and adults.

                                                                    Chloe Farris, LCSW

                                                                    Chloe Farris is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has always had an interest in understanding human experiences and how these can impact a person’s functioning in many areas of life. She has experience working with a wide range of clients from military service members, veterans, children and adolescentsfamilies, and individuals identifying as transgender or LGBShe has an interest in improving Mental Health in her community and enjoys outreach and educating individuals and families on the positive outcomes of therapeutic services.   

                                                                    Chloe has a very good understanding of how difficult life can be and understands those challenges can often be overwhelming and hard to manage alone. She offers a warm and validating environment to assist in navigating those challengesShe also enjoys working with individuals who have suffered trauma in overcoming experiences which may be getting in the way of individuals living to their fullest potential. Chloe utilizes trauma-informed practice and varying therapeutic techniques to assist clients with their healing journey.  

                                                                    Arlene Garcia, Ed.D., LCSW

                                                                    Dr. Arlene Garcia is a licensed clinical social worker and possesses a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Hartford. She is the Interim Director of the Master of Social Work Program at the University of the Virgin Islands. Prior to this academic appointment, she served as a clinical social worker, program manager, and clinical program manager during her 15-year employment with the Connecticut State Department of Mental Health and Addictions Services. Dr. Garcia has a long history of advocating in her community for equity and social justice on behalf of at-risk populations. This includes educating practitioners on subjects related to race, ethnicity, oppression, organizational cultural competency, and diversity in conferences across the country. Dr. Garcia has two adult children and two precious granddaughters Riley and Jade!

                                                                    Physical Therapy

                                                                    Island Therapy Solutions partners with MJPT to provide Physical Therapy on St. Croix and JS Therapies to provide Physical Therapy on St. Thomas.

                                                                     

                                                                    Occupational Therapy

                                                                    We partner with JS Therapies to provide Occupational Therapy.

                                                                    Speech-Language Therapy

                                                                    We partner with JS Therapies to provide Speech-Language therapy. Contact JS Therapies.

                                                                    Rosalind Spells, MD, Psychiatrist

                                                                    Dr. Spells is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry. Her medical degree is from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She completed her general psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Spells has a broad range of experience across multiple age ranges and treatment settings and adapts well to the challenges of underserved environments. Dr. Spells also has facilitated the start of two Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities in North Carolina in addition to two mental health agencies, also in North Carolina. Her experiences in corrections, forensics, community mental health, private practice, inpatient, consultation and liaison, emergency psychiatry, and telepsychiatry contribute to her ability maintain flexibility in the constantly changing world of medicine.

                                                                    Danielle Nussel, BCBA 

                                                                    Danielle has a Masters of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. With over 7 years’ experience of working with youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), she brings her energy and compassion as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst to St. Croix from Orlando, Florida.

                                                                    Bailey McGuire, B.A., M.S., BCBA

                                                                    Bailey McGuire is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst specializing ABA services for kids under 18-years old. Bailey received a Bachelor of Arts in applied behavioral science from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science in applied behavior analysis from the University of Nebraska Omaha/University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has applied her skills in a variety of settings and with a range of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She worked as a research assistant and lead behavior therapist at an ABA clinic for toddlers with autism for three and a half years prior to moving to St. Croix in Summer of 2020.

                                                                    Emily Sobeck, M.A., BCBA

                                                                    Emily has a Masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University and an undergraduate degree in Health Behavior Science with a concentration in disability studies from the University of Delaware.  Emily has been working in the field for almost 10 years before moving to St. Croix in early 2020.  Prior to relocating to St. Croix,  Emily lived in northern New Jersey where she worked in both public elementary school and clinic settings with children with ASD.

                                                                    Gloria Mendez, PhD, Psychologist

                                                                    Dr. Mendez is a licensed psychologist in the Virgin Islands. She is a member and former president of the Association of Virgin Islands Psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Mendez is originally from Puerto Rico, but has made St. Croix her home for the past 40 years. She is fully bilingual (Spanish and English). She worked as a psychologist for the Department of Education (Educational Diagnostic Center) and the Department of Health (Mental Health Clinic). She retired from government work and is presently providing counseling services for Island Therapy Solutions.

                                                                    Jhozna Gilbert, Lead ABA Therapist

                                                                    Jhozna Gilbert was born on the island of St. Kitts, but was raised on St. Thomas USVI, from the age of three. She graduated from the University of the Virgin Islands and received a Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology. Jhozna has worked with Island Therapy Solutions since June 2016. She wishes to further her studies in Behavior Analysis, with hopes of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analysis. Her goal is to continue to inform the public about an under-served population.

                                                                    Lisa Westcott, BCaBA

                                                                    Lisa is a BCaBA who also holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She has been married to Kyle for 10 years and is a dog mom to Tungsten – they moved to St. Croix in 2016. Lisa is a beginner gardener and beach goer who is always looking for positivity every day.

                                                                    Alea Bird, MSW, CSW, Social Worker

                                                                    Alea Bird is a Certified Social Worker who enjoys incorporating play and art expression into her therapeutic work with children, adolescents, women and families. Additionally, she facilitates group therapy, co-parenting courses, and parent-management trainings. She also provides educational trainings throughout the community on various topics including mental health awareness, parenting skills, and classroom behavior management. She hopes to empower, educate, and equip individuals with the skills they need to make the hard stuff easier to manage.

                                                                    Lynisha Farrell, Lead ABA Therapist

                                                                    Lynisha graduated from the University of the Virgin Island with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has worked within Island Therapy Solutions’ ABA team as a Registered Behavioral Technician (RBT), and is now a Lead Therapist. As an RBT, Lynisha has worked in various settings with both the kids and adult programs. She loves seeing the positive changes that occur in the individuals she has had the pleasure of serving.

                                                                    Sarah Lima, PA-C, MCMSc

                                                                    Sarah Lima is a Psychiatric Physician Assistant with an interest in diagnosis and treatment of all Child and Adult mental health disorders. She graduated in 2017 from Barry University with a Master of Clinical Medical Science – Physician Assistant. Mrs. Lima utilizes her Collaborative Psychiatrists and Evidence Based Medicine to stay up to date with the latest advances and practices in medicine. She is an animal lover and enjoys spending her time off with her multitude of pets.

                                                                    Sara Gunning, STEP Director, MAT, BCBA, LBA

                                                                    Sara Costello Gunning, MAT, BCBA, LBA is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who specializes in transition programming for individuals with autism. She attended the University of Georgia for her master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorders under the Collaborative Adolescent Autism Teacher Training (CAATT) fellowship project for a further specialization in adolescent and adult transition programs. Sara has experience in early intervention and classroom interventions through work with the Global Autism Project and school district collaboration. She completed her respecialization in applied behavior analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Sara maintains her teaching credentials in the state of Georgia and has worked as both a classroom teacher and BCBA within Atlanta school districts. Sara has extensive experience working in under-resourced communities to provide behavior analytic services. She believes in building local capacity by collaborating with community members and stakeholders in the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis.

                                                                    Richelle Wiltshire, M.S., MCFC Licensed Counselor, Group & Intern Coordinator

                                                                    Richelle Wiltshire has a M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. Obtaining her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, she began working as a Registered Behavior Technician in the ABA department and is also the Scheduler.

                                                                    A.Delyla Ulm M.Ed.,BCBA

                                                                    Delyla Ulm began working as a behavior therapist for individuals with developmental disabilities in 2007. Over the years, Delyla has worked as an in-school paraprofessional, private therapist, supervising clinician, and a consultant to individuals, families,and schools in both the United States and overseas. In her spare time, Delyla instructs for an online applied behavior analysis (ABA) graduate program teaching ABA principals to the future generation of BCBAs. In December 2013, Delyla graduated with her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in ABA. In 2016, she earned the credential of BCBA and worked in the Northern Virginia, Lebanon, and Wisconsin before coming to St. Croix to join Island Therapy Solutions.

                                                                    Megan Burton, MSW Certified Social Worker

                                                                    Megan Burton is a licensed Social Worker with a Masters in Clinical Counseling. She specializes in working with children and adolescents, as well as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

                                                                    Shayne O’Rourke-Testa, Program Coordinator

                                                                    Shayne O’Rourke-Testa was born in Torrington, CT and has had family ties between St. John and St. Thomas for over 30 years. Shayne joined Island Therapy’s ABA St. Thomas team in January, 2018. She brought with her 24 years of experience within the human services field. As Project Director of a vocational services program in CT, Shayne’s program was hand picked for states first Autism Pilot Program. In addition, Shayne worked as a subcontractor to provide vocational career assessments and transition plans for students with Autism in the private and public school sectors.

                                                                    Melinda Shaw, BCBA

                                                                    Melinda Shaw is originally from Boston, and got into the field of Autism and ABA in college when she volunteered to supervise a group of teenagers on the spectrum who wanted to have some social time apart from their parents. She thought it sounded interesting, and the rest is history! She pursued a masters in Clinical Psychology, but had a professor write “there’s more to life than reinforcement!” on a paper she wrote. She disagreed, and quickly switched to ABA. Melinda has been living in St. Thomas since 2017, one week before Hurricane Irma. She fell in love with the island, the culture, and the people, and has stuck around ever since.

                                                                    Kristina Shiao, BCBA

                                                                    Kristina Shiao is a Board Certified and Licensed Behavior Analyst who specializes in providing behavior-analytic treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is an advocate for those that are diagnosed with mental health disorders. As a young student, Kristina had an early interest in the field of pediatric psychology. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Child Development from Florida State University, where she graduated with honors and conducted research in cognitive psychology laboratories.

                                                                    Kristina moved to St. Thomas in 2014, and worked as a speech therapy assistant. She provided services to children and adults diagnosed with speech disorder, ASD, traumatic brain injury and developmental delays. She joined the Island Therapy Solutions team in October 2015. and earned her Master of Arts in Professional Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology in December 2018.

                                                                    Her experiences in the field of behavior analysis include providing direct care, behavior intervention strategies, environmental manipulations, functional behavior assessments, maintaining motivation, data analyses, parent training, teaching social skills and more. She is knowledgeable about the co-occurring disorders associated with ASD, including intellectual impairment, seizure disorder, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and gastrointestinal problems.

                                                                    Kristina has delivered lectures at the University of the Virgin Islands and the Department of Education. As a bi-lingual daughter of Taiwanese immigrants, Kristina is sensitive to cultural and ethnic differences. She is passionate about her island community and consistently aims to create more understanding towards mental health.

                                                                    Lorie Jeffers, Lead ABA Therapist

                                                                    Lorie Jeffers was born and raised on St. Croix USVI. She graduated from the Manor School and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of the Virgin Islands. She has been on board with Island Therapy Solutions since March 2015. Upon the completion of her Master’s degree, Lorie has decided to continue her studies in behavior analysis to continue to serve on the island that raised her. She is currently pursuing Board Certification as an assistant Behavior Analyst from Florida Institute of Technology. Her vision is to implement changes that result in beneficial life long outcomes for those she serves

                                                                    Courtney Mills, ABA Lead STEP

                                                                    Courtney has been part of Island Therapy’s Applied Behavior Analysis team since the launch of its STEP Program (Strategic Transition Enrichment Program) for adult learners with Autism in January of 2016. Courtney is a transplant from New York City who brought with her 14 years experience within the Juvenile Justice System in both NY and VA. She holds a BS in Psychology from The College of New Rochelle in Westchester County NY.

                                                                    Courtney is a huge advocate for inclusion and truly enjoys spreading education and sensitivity to the community of St Croix. She encourages growth and promotes independence in all she does. Courtney believes she is a vessel for change and awareness and genuinely enjoys her role as such.

                                                                    Ernest R. Jermin II, MD, Psychiatrist

                                                                    Dr. Ernest Jermin is a Child and Adult Psychiatrist in practice since 2010. Although he works in all areas of the field, seeing patients of all ages, his primary areas of interest is in preventive, community oriented programs to treat children and adolescents. He is originally from New York, having roots from the Caribbean and Central America. He is presently in practice in Connecticut and the US Virgin Islands.

                                                                    Adriane Maier, PhD, BCBA-D, LMHC, Clinical Director

                                                                    Adriane Maier, Ph.D. BCBA-D, LMHC is the Clinical Director of ITS’ Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Mental Health Counselor who has worked in the field of autism and developmental disabilities for over 30 years. Dr. Maier has her doctorate in Psychology with a specialty in social and behavioral science and has conducted extensive research in the area of risk-taking behavior and sensation seeking. This research has been applied clinically to the design and development of substance abuse programs for adolescents. Her clinical specialties include applied behavior analysis, cognitive behavior therapy and diagnostic evaluation. Dr. Maier has instructed at several universities and supervises clinical practicums for behavior analyst training programs.

                                                                    Jeffrey P. Donnelly, MMSc, PA-C

                                                                    Mr. Donnelly is a Pediatric Physician Associate with an interest and experience in the medical management of Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder. He graduated in 2005 from the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program and has also earned a Certificate of Added Qualification in Pediatrics, which is the specialty exam for PA’s in pediatrics. Mr. Donnelly uses Evidence Based Medicine to stay up to date with the latest advances and practices in medicine. He is an avid sailor and loves spending his time off on the water.

                                                                    Sophia Joseph Parrilla, PhD, Psychologist, Clinical Director

                                                                    Dr. Sophia Joseph Parrilla is a licensed Psychologist and Clinical Director of ITS’ Clinical Services Department. She has worked in the mental health field/ social welfare agencies with a variety of populations including adolescent parents and their families, abuse and neglect cases, high risk adolescents with externalizing and externalizing behaviors, victims and offenders of domestic violence,  the elderly, couples work and retreats, co-parenting, trauma response team lead, and trainings, suicide prevention trainings, leadership trainings, career assessments, psychological evaluations, early childhood trainings and interventions, among other area.  She has previous experience with the Catholic Charities of the VI, Department of Human Services, Department of Education, Virgin Islands Behavioral Services, Seaview Home Health Care, and Women’s Coalition. Most of Dr. Parrilla’s career has been in social work. Dr. Joseph Parrilla has a Masters in Mental Health Counseling and a PhD in Clinical Psychology; her goal is to promote positive social change in society.

                                                                    G. Rita Dudley-Grant PhD, MPH, ABPP, Clinical Community Outreach Coordinator

                                                                    G. Rita Dudley-Grant, Ph.D., MPH, ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist with and the Clinical Community Outreach Coordinator for Island Therapy Solutions. Her primary interests include working through trauma, alternative approaches to therapy, and working across the generational spectrum. Her publications include books, articles and chapters on clinical psychology and capacity expansion in the Caribbean, women’s mental health, diversity and spirituality in mental health. She is a member of the Behavioral Health Advisory Council in the VI and serves on the State Advisory Group, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention USVI. Dr. Dudley-Grant is a founding member and past president of the Association of Virgin Islands Psychologists, a founding and Executive Council Member of the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. She is currently co-chair of the Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology, a hybrid conference which will be held in November 2021 in St. Croix, bringing an international audience to the territory with a focus on Resilience in times of Disaster building behavioral health and wellness. She has been a trainer for decades on multiculturalism, trauma informed care, and women in treatment. Her current training focuses on self-care for caregivers in a variety of circumstances and nonviolent communication.

                                                                    Wayne Etheridge, PhD, Psychologist

                                                                    Dr. Wayne Etheridge is a licensed Counseling Psychologist with over 40 years experience working in various mental health settings. He is currently working part time at Island Therapy Solutions providing psychological services for adults and couples. Dr. Etheridge has been practicing in the V.I. since 1995 and has served as President of the Association of Virgin Islands Psychologists, was a member of the V. I Psychologists Licensing Board, and was on the faculty of U.V.I. as an instructor in the undergraduate and graduate schools. His professional experience on St. Croix includes working at Virgin Islands Behavioral Services, the V.I. Department of Education, and over twenty years in private practice. Dr. Etheridge’s other interests include seeing the world up close and in person. Recently he completed the 520 mile hike of the Spanish Camino, from France to the Atlantic Ocean and the 386 mile hike of the Portuguese Camino, from Lisbon, Portugal to Santiago, Spain.

                                                                    DeeAnne Davis, MSW, LCSW

                                                                    DeeAnne Davis is a licensed Clinical Social Worker who is currently accepting new therapy clients. She primarily treats individuals who have experienced trauma or struggle with depression and anxiety, young adults on the Autism Spectrum, retirees, and hurricane survivors/champions. DeeAnne uses integrative techniques to provide clients with powerful ways to reduce automatic and habituated responses to stressors, which can keep them stuck in unproductive patterns of behavior. She looks forward to partnering with you on this transformative journey of growth and healing.

                                                                    Lindsy Wagner, PsyD, CEO, Psychologist & Pediatric Neuropsychologist

                                                                    Dr. Lindsy Wagner is a licensed clinical Psychologist and Pediatric Neuropsychologist. She is the owner and CEO of Island Therapy Solutions. Dr. Wagner is also the founder and Board President of Coral Reef Academy. a school for children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Most recently, Dr. Wagner was appointed by the Governor to the serve on the Virgin Islands Board of Psychology.

                                                                    Her clinical specialties include conducting diagnostic evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations, forensic neuropsychological evaluations and providing consultation and training for children and families with a variety of presenting concerns including learning disabilities, neurological disorders and emotional and behavioral concerns. Dr. Wagner also specializes in diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She conducts social skills groups with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as individual and family therapy.

                                                                    Dr. Wagner has taught at the University of the Virgin Islands, and prior to moving to St. Croix, she was the Director of Training at The Watson Institute in Pennsylvania. She completed her doctorate at The American School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC. Dr. Wagner previously completed two years of training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, in the Pediatric Neuropsychology Unit.