Dr. Jennifer Hope is a New York State licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist with a private practice primarily based in Brooklyn. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology (School Psychology) from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has over 15 years of experience performing psychological, psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations as well as conducting psychotherapy.
Dr. Hope offers the following services in English or Spanish:
Provide short- or long-term cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic psychotherapy for individuals 18 years and over. Address a wide variety of difficulties, including depression/anxiety, social skills, relationship issues, difficulties with life stage transitions, etc. Sessions are typically 50 minutes in length.
Available to perform therapeutic supervised visitation for Court-ordered neutral third-party presence and observation, during visits between a child and non-custodial parent.
Though assessments will attempt to answer questions concerning strengths and weaknesses in various areas of an individual’s functioning, and the impact of these on the individual’s performance in and outside of school and/or the workplace. The assessment process generally involves some or all of the following: an initial clinical interview and developmental history, checklists and other clinical forms, administration of multiple standardized tests, review of records, classroom observation, phone consultations with teachers and other service providers, and a written report. Multiple areas are assessed, depending on the current concern: intellectual functioning, memory, attention and executive functioning, academic achievement, language, processing speed, and social and/or emotional functioning. Feedback sessions are conducted to discuss the findings and individualize recommendations for remediation/intervention.
Evaluations are available for individuals ages 4 through adulthood. An assessment can take between two and four appointments, for a total of 4 to 8 hours, depending on the examinee’s energy level and ability to sustain concentration. Assessments with children are preferably done in the morning, as they tend to tire toward the end of the day. Various types of evaluations are offered:
A psychological evaluation consists of a comprehensive interview, rating scales and appropriate standardized testing to obtain specific information about intelligence and personality/emotional functioning.
A brief Learning Disability or AD/HD screening is a low cost alternative, but not sufficient for those requesting accommodations on high stakes tests such as the GRE or LSAT. It may not be sufficient for eligibility for special education services with an IEP, but may be sufficient for a 504 plan.
A neuropsychological or psychoeducational evaluation includes more extensive neurocognitive, social/emotional and achievement batteries. The report is either a 2 to 3 page summary of results and recommendations, or a longer report which also details the tests, test clusters, medical/developmental history and symptom reporting. The full report will usually satisfy most colleges and testing organizations. In addition, a detailed analysis of strengths and weaknesses is presented which is necessary in order to gain accommodations for school or many standardized tests.
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Executive function and study skills are essential for academic and occupational success, particularly for individuals with learning or other neurodevelopmental disorders. Students of all ages can learn strategies they will take with them through a lifetime of learning. Dr. Hope carries out one-on-one training after an extensive interview and evaluation of skills, and if necessary, a classroom observation, are conducted.
Skill training can include any and all of the following: time management; organization and goal orientation; test preparation; note-taking skills; strategies for sustaining focused attention; strategies for being a more active learner; strategies to improve comprehension; improving study habits; and working memory builders.
Parents of a child with neurodevelopmental delays, emotional problems or learning difficulties require a complex approach to their child’s needs. Parenting a child with special needs can be very challenging and unpredictable, but effective parenting skills and are essential to meeting that child’s needs. Dr. Hope consults with parents to provide tools and strategies to parent their children in a consistent and effective manner.
Dr. Hope is also available to provide consultation services to assist parents in their approach to their child’s school and the larger school system. Parents are helped to advocate for their child, facilitate discussions with the school, and negotiate IEP meetings. Record reviews—such as previous testing, SAT results, IEP’s, etc.—can assess whether a child’s performance and learning opportunities are optimal, and to reexamine educational and other recommendations, if needed.
Finally, Dr. Hope can consult with schools regarding test results; IEP development; behavior management needs (including functional behavioral assessment); recommendations for school-based intervention strategies, classroom modifications, and test accommodations; information about, or hallmarks of, learning or neurodevelopmental problems and various diagnostic categories.
Dr. Hope Professional Background:
Dr. Hope is currently the Coordinator of Psychoeducational Services at the New York Center for Neuropsychology in Brooklyn (www.nyforensic.com), where she provides psychoeducational, psychological and neuropsychological evaluations for all age groups; executive function and study skills training for all ages; school and parent consultation; and psychotherapy with an adult population, in English and Spanish. She also worked for several years as a school psychologist in the NYC public schools and Regional Committee on Special Education, and as a research psychologist on several projects at the NYS Psychiatric Institute.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. Hope is an Adjunct Associate Professor of School Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she supervises doctoral and Masters level students, in counseling and assessment. Further, she contributes to www.nycprivateschoolsblog.com, on issues related to learning and behavior disorders as well as child development.
Dr. Hope is qualified to provide a range of services to help individuals of all ages be more successful at school, work and home. Students may be having trouble learning or managing their workload, or adults may have difficulty adapting to their work environment or maintaining their relationships, because of a learning disability, attentional disorder, or some psychological issue such as depression or anxiety. Assessment serves as an opportunity to identify learning, developmental, emotional or cognitive difficulties in order to recommend appropriate educational or psychological interventions.