Dr. Megan Kavanagh, Massachuetts Child Psychologist Specializing in Learning Disabiliies and other Mental Health Issues
Get to know Dr. Kavanagh
and the NSCN team

Exceeding Expectations One Patient at a Time

Dr. Megan Kavanagh is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, AD/HD, executive dysfunction, and developmental disorders such as Autism in children and adolescents. She provides neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental evaluations, as well as academic, cognitive, and personality testing.

 

While Dr. Kavanagh's training focused on developing expertise in the areas of neuropsychological evaluation and intervention across the lifespan, she received extensive postdoctoral training in neurodevelopmental assessment and specializes in conducting evaluations for young children. She can provide assessments and interventions for children as young as 2 years old.

 

Besides offering comprehensive neuropsychological and psychological assessments, Dr. Kavanagh also offers specialized counseling services. These include play therapy, traditional talk therapy, and cognitive therapy, as well as therapeutic tutoring - a combination of psychotherapy and executive functioning training designed to help students of all ages maximize their potential.

Schooling

  • Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston, Massachusetts

 

  • Master's degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts

 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Biology from University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA

Experience & Training

  • Owner - North Shore Children's Neuropsychology

  • Board member of the MA Psychological Association (MPA)

  • Edith Norse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA​​​ 

    • Neuropsychology Department: Memory Clinic and Polytrauma Clinic

  • Tufts Floating Hospital for Children, Boston, MA

    • Pediatric Neurology

  • Brenner Center for Psychological Assessment/Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, West Roxbury, MA

  • Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Counseling Department, Sudbury, MA

  • Family Service Inc, Lawrence, MA – Outpatient Psychology

Photography Courtesy of Juliette Halsey

Dr. White
Dr. White North Shore Children's Neuropsychology

Dr. Gwyne White is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of learning disabilities, including AD/HD and executive dysfunction. She has expertise in how issues of mental health (anxiety, depression, PTSD) can interact with issues of learning to prevent children, adolescents and adults from achieving their full academic potential. Dr. White provides neuropsychological and psychological evaluations, including academic, cognitive, and personality testing with a focus on differential diagnosis for complex presentations.

 

Dr. White's training focused on developing expertise in the areas of psychological trauma and neuropsychological evaluation. Her research has focused on how social-emotional learning and intervention can support student achievement. Dr. White received extensive pre- and post-doctoral training in psychological assessment and clinical treatment. She can provide assessments and interventions across the lifespan.

 

Besides offering comprehensive neuropsychological and psychological assessments, Dr. White also offers specialized counseling services. She provides brief, outcomes focused treatment to help students of all ages maximize their potential while navigating their individual mental health and leaning needs.

Schooling

  • Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with additional majors in Sociology and Legal Studies) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst​

Experience & Training

  • Brenner Assessment and Consultation Center; William James College, Newton, MA

  • The Institute of Living; Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT

    • Child and Adolescent Inpatient Service

    • Connecticut Children’s Hospital

    • Grace S. Webb School

  • Metropolitan Regional Child Abuse Diagnostic and Treatment Center Child Advocacy Center; Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ

  • Foster Care Counseling; Center for Applied Psychology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

  • NYU Child Study Center; New York University, New York, NY

  • Disability Assessment; Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Piscataway, NJ

  • Psychiatry Department, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (Clinical Research Coordinator)

Dr. Mastrocola
Dr. Mastrocola Telehealth North Shore Children's Neuropsychology

Dr. Kasey Mastrocola a licensed clinical psychologist providing telehealth services at NSCN.

 

Dr. Mastrocola earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from William James College, and throughout her training, she focused on working with children and families in a range of community and school-based settings. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Brenner Assessment and Consultation Center, where she conducted psychological and neuropsychological evaluations.

 

Dr. Mastrocola’s clinical work focuses on utilizing cognitive-behavioral interventions and evidenced-based treatments to help children and adolescents learn skills to effectively modulate their emotional and behavioral experiences across settings, and she uses similar techniques to help parents effectively address behavioral and emotional challenges at home.  She is also passionate about a child’s unique profile of strengths and vulnerabilities impacts his or her cognitive, academic, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. 

Schooling

  • Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Massachusetts

Experience & Training

  • Brenner Assessment and Consultation Center; William James College, Newton, MA

Dr. Benson
Dr. Benson North Shore Childrens Neuropsychology

Dr. Taylor Benson is a licensed clinical psychologist at NSCN with experience in both assessment and therapy with individuals across the lifespan, from ages 2-90.

 

She specializes in autism spectrum disorder and psychotic disorders but also has experience with anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders, and neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and dementia. She considers solid assessment as foundational to any therapeutic plan and typically begins therapy this way, which she feels can be helpful in “breaking the ice” and forming a therapeutic bond in the first few weeks.

 

Her research interests include synesthesia, unusual sensory experiences, and the relationship between autism and psychosis. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008 with a major in psychology and a minor in neuroscience. She then moved back home to the Boston area and conducted research at Harvard University for two years, investigating psychosis-proneness and self-injurious behaviors. In 2010 she moved down south to Nashville and received her master’s in clinical psychology at Vanderbilt University in 2012 and her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2017. Her clinical training includes an APA internship at Tewksbury State Hospital, two years of post-doctoral training at the Brenner Center for Assessment and Consultation, and pre-doctoral training at multiple sites including Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center,  Woodland Hills Youth Development Center, and private practice neuropsychological assessment.

Schooling

  • Vanderbilt University - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Vanderbilt University - Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology 

  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelor of Science, Psychology Major Neuroscience Minor Graduated with highest honors: summa cum laude

Experience & Training

  • Brenner Assessment and Consultation Center; William James College, Newton, MA

Dr. Ingber
Dr. Ingber North Shore Childrens Neuropsychology

Dr. Ariel Ingber is a licensed clinical psychologist providing telehealth services at NSCN.

 

Dr. Ingber’s clinical experience throughout her doctoral training included working with children, adolescents, and young adults in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression, executive functioning challenges, trauma-related disorders, attachment disorders, and developmental disorders, such as autism-spectrum disorders. The incorporation of building emotion regulation skills, distress tolerance and coping abilities, and social skills development are often integral tools utilized in Dr. Ingber’s practice with her clients.

 

Dr. Ingber’s therapeutic approach focuses on collaboration with children and their families, as well as adults across the lifespan. Utilizing cognitive-behavioral interventions, coupled with other evidence-based treatment modalities, Dr. Ingber aims to explore with clients how their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors interact to impact their functioning. She then focuses on collaboratively joining the client to help them develop the necessary tools and strategies to help manage emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal distress. With each and every client, Dr. Ingber prioritizes the unique and specific factors that foster growth.

Schooling

  • Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Newton, MA

Experience & Training

  • The Chamberlain International School in Middleboro, MA

  • Riverside Emergency Services in Norwood, MA

  • Neoponset Valley Neuropsychology, LLC in Norwood, MA

Dr. Carabbio
Dr. Carabbio North Shore Childrens Neuropsychology Teleheath

Dr. Sara Carabbio is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in working with children and families. She has experience providing individual therapy to individuals across the lifespan and provides therapy to children as young as five. Dr. Carabbio aims to tailor her therapeutic work based on the individual’s need but often uses talk, art, and play as ways to work through and process challenges. When working with children, she routinely involves caregivers in the therapeutic process to support the entire family.

 

In addition to therapeutic work, Dr. Carabbio has experience conducting psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. In this capacity, she has conducted evaluations for questions related to learning challenges, autism, anxiety, inattention, hyperactivity, depression, and trauma.

Schooling

  • Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Newton, MA

  • Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Newton, MA

  • Bachelor’s degree in Art Therapy with a minor in Psychology from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Experience & Training

  • Beacon Assessment Center, Milford, Massachusetts

  • Boston Children’s Hospital: GAAB Lab, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Brenner Assessment and Consultation Center, Newton, Massachusetts

  • Lahey Health Behavioral Services, Lawrence, Massachusetts

  • The Lighthouse School, Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Dr. Smail
Dr. Smail North Shore Children's Neuropsychology

Dr. Catherine Smail is a licensed clinical psychologist offering neuropsychological testing services at NSCN. She focuses her evaluation work largely on children over the age of eight, adolescents and young adults. She is particularly adept at evaluating for learning disabilities and abilities, AD/HD, and providing appropriate diagnoses and recommendations to not only help clients better understand their functioning, but to envision a clearer path forwards.

 

Dr. Smail’s pre- and post-doctoral training was focused primarily on psychological trauma, clinical interventions for high-risk youth and adults, neuropsychological evaluation and cultural competence in working with the Latinx population. Dr. Smail is fluent in Spanish. Dr. Smail has also has significant experience working both within and along-side school systems, enabling her to understand the broader relationships between students, their peers, teachers and school networks. Dr. Smail has a specialized understanding of chronic health conditions and how those might impact behavior, mood, achievement and evaluations.

Schooling

  • Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Newton, MA

  • Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Newton, MA

Experience & Training

  • Lynn Community Health Center, Lynn, MA

  • Wediko Children’s Services, Boston, MA

  • Bridgewell Counseling Services, Chelmsford, MA

  • Family Continuity, Lawrence, MA

  • Dearborn Academy, Arlington, MA

  • Roca Inc., Chelsea, MA

Dr. Cangemi
Dr. Cangemi North Shore Children's Neuropsychology

Dr. Cangemi recently earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from William James College, where she tailored her education and training to working with children and families. She has experience providing both assessments and individual and group therapy in schools, residential treatment settings, and outpatient clinics. Dr. Cangemi focuses her work on conducting neurodevelopmental evaluations for young children, including toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children.

 

While Dr. Cangemi specializes in the early identification of autism spectrum disorder in children as young as 2 years old, she also has experience in the evaluation of executive functioning challenges, such as AD/HD, anxiety, mood disorders and behavioral regulation challenges. She is passionate about providing comprehensive assessments for children and their families in order to inform treatment planning and support continued growth and development.

Schooling

  • Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Newton, MA

  • Master’s degree in Professional Psychology from William James College in Newton, MA

  • Bachelor’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Connecticut College in New London, CT

Experience & Training

  • Beacon Assessment Center, Milford, MA

  • Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, Rutland, MA

  • Arbour Counseling Services, Partial Hospital Program, Norwell, MA

  • Nashoba Regional School District, Mary Rowlandson Elementary School, Lancaster, MA

 Angela Walukevich - Office Admin
Walukevich, Angela - Admin North Shore Children's Neuropsychology

Angela is a clinical psychology doctoral student at William James College in Newton, Massachusetts. She is a recent graduate of Merrimack College where she received a Bachelor's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with minors in Forensic Science, Religious and Theological Studies, and Social Justice.

Schooling

  • Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Newton, MA

  • Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Psychology with minors in Forensic Science, Religious and Theological Studies, and Social Justice from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts

Experience & Training

  • Admin - North Shore Children's Neuropsychology