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Michelle Benedict, M.A.

Certified Teacher

Biography

Michelle Benedict, MA has a master’s degree in contemplative education from Naropa University. Her life-long passion is to help others, particularly children. Michelle is a certified teacher in the state of Virginia with an endorsement in earth and space science, and geography. She has taught in a variety of public school settings. She teaches mindfulness techniques at Aligned Clinical and Educational Services, PLC to help people improve their emotional regulation and increase their overall wellbeing.

Licensure

  • Virginia Teaching License

Lauren Carter, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach for children, adolescents, and adults
  • Treatment for anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavioral problems, and social concerns
  • Educational testing for accommodations on standardized testing (SAT, ACT, GREs, etc.)
  • Psychological testing for concerns about attention, behavior, relationships, social skills, mood, problem solving, cognitive functioning, learning, executive functioning, memory, independent living skills, and mental health.
  • Assessments for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Second Edition, ADOS-2)

Biography

Dr. Lauren Carter joined ACES in 2016. Prior to ACES, Dr. Carter began her career as an elementary school teacher in Charlotte, NC. To acquire more experience working with students facing behavior issues and their parents, she earned a master’s degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During this program, she focused on developing trauma-sensitive discipline strategies for elementary-school children. Next, Dr. Carter earned her PhD from the Clinical and School Psychology at the University of Virginia.  As a doctoral student, she primarily worked with children and pre-adolescents across multiple environments, including school, an outpatient center, and an in-patient state hospital.

Dr. Carter’s time at ACES is split between conducting psychological assessments and delivering therapy services. She administers a wide variety of assessment measures to help make sense of a child, adolescent, or adult’s behavior (ADOS-2, NEPSY-II, D-KEFS, Rorschach with R-PAS scoring, etc.). She is licensed as a school psychologist through the VA Dept. of Education

Education

  • B.A. Elementary Education & Linguistics, College of William and Mary, 2006
  • Ed.M. Risk & Prevention, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2009
  • M.Ed. Educational Psychology, UVA, 2011
  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, UVA, 2016

Other Licensure

  • VDOE-licensed School Psychologist
  • VDOE-licensed Classroom Teacher for PreK-6

Shilpa Hanumantha, Ph.D.

Resident in Clinical Psychology

Services

  • Treatment for anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavioral problems, and social concerns
  • Individual therapy services for children and adults using American Sign Language (ASL) or Cued Speech for communication
  • Educational testing for accommodations for standardized tests (SAT, ACT, GREs etc.)
  • Psychological testing for concerns about attention, behavior, relationships, social skills, mood, problem solving, cognitive functioning, learning, executive functioning, memory, independent living skills, and mental health.
  • Multi-disciplinary team assessments
  • Consultation and training on diversity

Biography

Dr.  Hanumantha has worked as a resident in clinical psychology with ACES since 2012, providing comprehensive assessments and individual psychotherapy for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing. Dr. Hanumantha has extensive prior experience in the field and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia in the Psychology Department and the American Sign Language (ASL) Program, a position she has held since 2012. Dr. Hanumantha is also a member of the Disabilities Access Committee and the University’s Diversity Council.

Dr. Hanumantha remains passionate about diversity and multi-cultural issues and has been active with education, advocacy and leadership on a local and national level. Expanding on her prior experience in research with Visual Language, Visual Learning (VL2), she taught research methods to local professionals in the Philippines on a project for Discovering Deaf Words through the United States Agency for International Development. Dr. Hanumantha has been invited to serve on the boards for national organizations, such as the Diversity Strategic Team of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), Deaf Women United (DWU), and Global Reach Out Initiative. In 2009 Dr. Hanumantha co-founded and was a team member for the Deaf Youth Camp of Color. She continues to volunteer and share her experiences in an effort to empower others for success, always motivated to expand the access and well-being of people from diverse backgrounds.

Education

  • B.S. Biology, George Mason University, 2000
  • M.S., Administration & Supervision, Gallaudet University, 2005
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Gallaudet University, 2005
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Gallaudet University, 2008

Robert Haxter, PhD, NCSP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach for children, adolescents, young adults and families
  • Treatment for anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, and social concerns
  • Educational testing for accommodations on standardized testing (SAT, ACT, GREs, etc.)
  • Psychological testing for concerns about attention, behavior, relationships, social skills, mood, problem solving, cognitive functioning, learning, executive functioning, memory, independent living skills, and mental health
  • Educational Consultation

Biography

Dr. Haxter joined ACES in 2017. Previously, he worked for 15 years in local public school systems as a school psychologist and early childhood special educator. In furtherance of his education, Dr. Haxter pursed a doctoral degree at the Curry School of Education in Clinical and School Psychology. In addition to psychotherapy and psycho-educational assessment, Dr. Haxter’s training rotations included practica at the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents and the Forensic Clinic at the UVA Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy (ILPPP). He completed an APA-approved internship at the Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents and a formal postdoctoral fellowship in forensic assessment at Western State Hospital and the ILPPP.

Dr. Haxter’s therapeutic approach is client-focused and incorporates insight-oriented and cognitive behavioral techniques. He has worked extensively with gay and transgendered youth, individuals with autism spectrum disorders, and stressed family systems. Dr. Haxter is licensed to practice clinical psychology in Virginia and West Virginia and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

Education

  • B.S. Psychology, University of Maryland College Park, 1996
  • M.S. Psychology, Radford University, 1999
  • Ed.S. School Psychology, Radford University, 2000
  • Predoctoral Internship, Regional Institute for Children & Adolescents, 2016-2017
  • Ph.D. Clinical and School Psychology, University of Virginia, 2017
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Virginia School of Medicine: Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy & Western State Hospital, 2017-2018

Linda Jones-Oleson, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Services

  • Speech-language evaluations and therapy
  • Literacy (reading) evaluations, tutoring, and instruction
  • Specialized language instruction for people who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing using speech, sign language and text

Biography

Linda joined ACES in 2012 and has enjoyed being able to use her wide experience and expertise to provide clinical and support services to children and adults with complex communication challenges. Jones-Oleson has been a speech-language pathologist since 1980 and worked with children and teens at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind for almost twenty years, where she also gained proficiency in and a love for American Sign Language. She has also worked with teens and adults with brain injuries at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center and continues to work in neurogenic disorders with older adults at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center. Linda’s clinical interests cover all aspects of learning and communication across the lifespan with special consideration for the contribution of motor processes (movement) to language development and use. Linda is a certified See-the-sound Visual Phonics practitioner and trainer. Linda has also been an adjunct instructor and clinical supervisor for James Madison University and Gallaudet University and has taught graduate level course in autism, ASL, neuroanatomy and neurogenic communication disorders.

Linda is also interested in and experienced with the challenges of raising and educating children with autism. She schooled her own son who has autism. He is now 25 years old and an avid reader and Internet movie database explorer.

Education

  • B.S. Speech-Language Pathology, Madison College, 1976
  • M.S. Speech-Language Pathology, James Madison University, 1980

Certificates and Memberships

  • Member of American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence

Kimberly Lemite, Ph.D., NCSP

Licensed School Psychologist

Services

  • Educational testing for accommodations on standardized testing (SAT, ACT, GREs, etc.)
  • Psychological testing for concerns about attention, behavior, relationships, social skills, mood, problem solving, cognitive functioning, learning, executive functioning, memory, independent living skills, and mental health.
  • Assessments for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Second Edition, ADOS-2)

Biography

Dr. Lemite joined ACES in 2013, working with children, adolescents, and young adults who have learning, attention, and communication problems. Dr. Lemite has particular expertise in the cognitive and academic development of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. She can assist parents in navigating through the special education system, school based intervention teams, and Section 504-plans for accommodations.

Dr. Lemite has been a School Psychologist with Chesterfield County Public Schools since 2008. From 2004 – 2008, Dr. Lemite worked as a School Psychologist with the Henrico County Public Schools. Dr. Lemite is a member of the Virginia Network of Consultants (VNOC) supporting local school divisions with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  As a VNOC consultant, Dr. Lemite provides psychological assessments to students who are deaf or hard of hearing throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and is also available for staff training and consultation with school psychologists.

Education

  • B.A., Psychology and Education, College of New Rochelle, 1989
  • M.A., Early Childhood/Elementary Education, Hofstra University, 1992
  • Ph.D., School Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2003

Certifications and Memberships

  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Lisa Locke-Downer, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach for children, adolescents, and adults
  • Treatment for anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavioral problems, and social concerns
  • Educational testing for accommodations on standardized testing (SAT, ACT, GREs, etc.)
  • Psychological testing for concerns about attention, behavior, relationships, social skills, mood, problem solving, cognitive functioning, learning, executive functioning, memory, independent living skills, and mental health.

Biography

Dr. Locke-Downer joined ACES in 2014 and enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, behavioral problems, and social concerns. She uses a cognitive-behavioral treatment approach, with family and school consultation as important treatment components. Consultation with physicians, psychiatrists, and other treatment providers is also welcomed. In addition to psychotherapy, Dr. Locke-Downer offers psychological evaluations to determine level of cognitive, academic, and social-emotional functioning. She is available for appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Dr. Locke-Downer has been a practicing clinical psychologist since 2003, when she joined the faculty in the Clinical and School Psychology Program in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Dr. Locke-Downer became Director of the Curry School’s Center for Clinical Psychology Services, the training clinic for doctoral students in the Clinical and School Psychology program. Over the course of eleven years, Dr. Locke-Downer’s work included supervising doctoral and postdoctoral trainees in psychological assessment and psychotherapy, teaching clinical seminars, and working with clients for assessment and therapy. Dr. Locke-Downer continues to be affiliated with the clinic as a supervisor of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees.

Education

  • B.A., Psychology, Wake Forest University, 1996
  • Ph.D., Clinical-Community Psychology, University of South Carolina, 2002
  • Predoctoral Internship, Medical College of Virginia’s Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) 2001-02.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, 2002-03.

Certifications and Memberships

American Psychological Association (APA)

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

Rebecca Plesko-DuBois, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Psychological testing for concerns about attention, behavior, relationships, social skills, mood, problem solving, cognitive functioning, learning, executive functioning, memory, independent living skills, and mental health.
  • Assessments for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule Second Edition, ADOS-2)
  • Multi-Disciplinary Team Assessments
  • Educational testing for accommodations for standardized tests (SAT, ACT, GREs, etc.)
  • Consultation for complex diagnosis, developmental issues, and treatment planning

Biography

Dr. Plesko-DuBois established Blue Ridge Psychological Services, PLC in August of 2010 in order to provide comprehensive assessments to children, adolescents, and young adults. In 2013, Blue Ridge Psychological Services, PLC expanded into Aligned Clinical & Educational Services, PLC in Crozet, Virginia to offer a wider range of multi-disciplinary and collaborative clinical services.

Dr. Plesko-DuBois worked at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, VA from 2002 – 2011 in various roles. She served as the school psychologist from 2002-2009, providing comprehensive assessments, clinical supervision, consultation for program development and data analysis, as well as group or individual counseling. Dr. Plesko-DuBois was the Director of Clinical and Educational Supports during the 2009-2010 academic year, supervising the delivery of all clinically related services, the behavior management team, transition services, school counseling and specialized health care planning. From 2010 – 11, Dr. Plesko-DuBois worked as a part-time psychologist assisting with the admissions process and the VSDB Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Project.

Since 2004, Dr. Plesko-DuBois has been a member of the Virginia Network of Consultants (VNOC) supporting local school divisions with services for their students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  VNOC was created by the Virginia Department of Education, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health, and the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Plesko-DuBois has also enjoyed teaching as an adjunct professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She taught psychopathology to graduate students in counseling and clinical psychology. In the past, she has also worked at the Center for Clinical Psychology completing comprehensive psychological assessments.

Education

  • B.A., Psychology, Biology Minor, Wake Forest , 1995
  • M.A., General & Experimental Psychology, The College of William & Mary, 1997
  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology sponsored by The College of William & Mary, The Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk State University, and Old Dominion University, 2002
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Virginia Treatment Center for Children (VTCC) at the Medical College of Virginia, 2003

Certifications and Memberships

  • American Psychological Association

Nicole Schroeer, MS.Ed, BCBA, LBA

Services

  • Behavioral-based assessments, treatment plans, and parent/staff training
  • Staff development for classrooms, conferences, in-service days, distance, or team-based trainings
  • Behavioral approach to working with clients with individual or multiple-disabilities (including Deaf/Hard of Hearing), proficient in ASL
  • Areas of specialty include: clients with ID/DD, ASD, Deaf/HOH, and multiple disabilities, reduction of aggressive behavior, self-injurious behaviors, and avoidance/non-compliance

Biography

Nicole joined ACES in 2013, which builds on more than two decades of experience as an educator and a behavioral analyst in a wide variety of fields. Nicole has supported individuals with disabilities through both direct service and staff and program development. In prior work, she provided leadership as Director of Learning Technologies at CenralReach and developed research and vetted assessment materials for teachers as a program development manager at Teachstone. She also provided clinical services as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst at the Virginia Institute of Autism and a behavior specialist and classroom teacher at the Virginia School for Deaf and Blind.

Prior to this work, Nicole spent a decade teaching and building staff development programs at a large statewide social service agency in New York City. Nicole has deep context for collaboration across fields. Nicole emphasizes a behavioral approach to her therapy, asking “why do people do what we do?” She seeks not only to reduce behaviors, but to help individuals access safe and sustainable means for achieving the best quality of life for clients and the people who love them. Nicole believes in a collaborative approach to treatment that ensures interventions are appropriate and implementable across environments, practitioners, and family members.

Education

  • B.A., State University of New York at New Paltz, 1994
  • ASL/English Interpretation Program, LaGuardia Community College, 2000
  • M.S., Education Studies, Bank Street College of Education, 2002
  • M.S., Education, Early Childhood, General, and Special Education, Bank Street College of Education, 2009
  • Behavioral Science, Applied Behavior Analysis, Florida Institute of Technology, 2013

Certifications and Memberships

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA): Behavior Analyst Certification Board
  • Licensed Behavior Analyst: Virginia Board of Medicine
  • Virginia State Postgraduate Professional License: Early Childhood Special Education, Early/Primary Education PreK-Grade 3
  • NY State Professional Teaching Certificate: General Education and Special Education Kindergarten –Grade 2

Sarah Shreckhise, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA

Speech-Language Pathologist, Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Services

  • Multi-Disciplinary team assessments for children with complex needs for support, such as children with communication delays, sensory impairments, developmental disabilities, and/or medical problems
  • Consultation & training for students who are deaf or hard of hearing or for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Consultation and assessments relating to educational and communication needs for Deaf/Blind students
  • Early literacy development for students who are deaf or hard of hearing using See-The-Sound: Visual Phonics and developmental word study

Biography

Sarah joined ACES in 2012, where she offers collaborative, multi-disciplinary assessments and specialized consultation for children with complex communication profiles. Sarah is a member of the Virginia Network of Consultants (VNOC), supporting local school divisions with services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and providing communication or behavior assessments for deaf or hard of hearing students throughout the Commonwealth. Sarah also works as a lead speech-language pathologist at Rehabilitation Associates in Richmond, VA. Since 2012, she has provided diagnostic, rehabilitation, and habilitation services, as well as progress monitoring for early intervention, school-based, and clinic-based settings.

Earlier in her career, Sarah worked at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) for eight years as a speech-language pathologist for the educational program and supporting individual and group therapy for communication. She also served as the Autism Team Coordinator for five years, developing school-wide training as well as individual service plans.

Education

  • B.S., Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • M.S., Speech-Language Pathology, James Madison University, 2004
  • BCBA, Applied Behavior Analysis, Professional Development, Florida Institute of Technology, 2011

Certifications and Memberships

  • Member of American Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Certificate of Clinical Competence