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Patricia Onorato, Ph.D., NCSP

Bilingual Educational Psychologist

Services

  • Psychological Testing
  • Educational Testing
  • Developmental Evaluations
  • Multidisciplinary Team Assessments
  • Parent Support And Training
  • School Divisions Consultations
  • All services can be provided in English and/or Spanish

Biography

Dr. Patricia Onorato is a bilingual School Psychologist with 16 years of experience in various school divisions in Virginia. Prior to moving to the United States, she practiced as an Educational Psychologist in private schools and preschools and as a Professor Assistant in the Department of Psychology at Catholic University in Lima, Perú. She also provides consultation and training with School Psychologists and Special Education practitioners in the Commonwealth of Virginia for evaluations of English Learners. Dr. Onorato has particular interest in researching language development and second language acquisition. She has taught, as an Adjunct Professor, at VCU in the School of Education. Dr. Onorato joined ACES in 2021 hoping to help increase access to services for the diverse RVA community. 

Dr. Onorato enjoys working with preschoolers as well as school age children and adolescents.  She provides psychoeducational evaluations to diagnose a range of conditions including Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Anxiety.   

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La Dra. Patricia Onorato es Psicóloga Escolar bilingüe con 16 años de experiencia en diversas divisiones escolares en Virginia. Antes de vivir en los Estados Unidos, ella se desempeñó como Psicóloga Educacional en escuelas privadas y centros preescolares así como Asistente de Docente Universitario en el Departamento de Psicología de la Universidad Católica en Lima, Perú. Ella también brinda servicios de consultoría para psicólogos escolares y profesionales de educación especial en relación con evaluaciones de estudiantes desarrollando inglés como segundo idioma.  La Dra. Onorato tiene un interés especial en investigar el desarrollo de lenguaje y adquisición de segundo idioma. Ella ha enseñado con Profesora Adjunta en El Departamento de Educación en VCU. La Dra. Onorato se unió a ACES en 2021 con el ánimo de ayudar a expandir el acceso a servicios para la diversa comunidad de RVA. 

A la Dra. Onorato le gusta trabajar con niños en edad preescolar, así como con niños y adolescentes en edad escolar. Ella da servicios de evaluaciones psicoeducativas para diagnosticar una variedad de condiciones que incluyen Autismo, TDAH, Dislexia y Ansiedad.

Education

  • Bachillerato en Letras y Ciencias Humanas, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, 1992
  • Licenciada en Psicología Educacional. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, 2000
  • M.Ed., Special Education and Teaching, Hampton University, 1998
  • Ed.S., School Psychology, The College of William and Mary, 2003
  • Ph.D., Special Education and Disability Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2016

Licenses and Certifications

  • Pupil Personnel License. School Psychologist, Virginia Department of Education
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist, National Association of School Psychologists

Gregory Farber, Ph.D

Resident in Clinical Psychology / Assessment Technician

Services

  • Psychotherapy
  • Deaf Services
  • Educational testing
  • Psychological testing
  • Multi-disciplinary team assessments

Biography

Dr. Gregory Farber joined ACES in 2021 and is currently serving on the team as a postdoctoral fellow/ postdoctoral clinical resident, providing comprehensive assessments, individual and group psychotherapy for children and adults who are deaf and hard of hearing. Prior to joining ACES, Dr. Farber completed an APA-accredited Predoctoral internship in clinical psychology from the John L. Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents. Through his clinical training as a doctoral student, Dr. Farber has extensive experience primarily working with children and adolescents across various settings including schools, outpatient clinics, specialized clinics, community clinics, and private practice.

Education

  • B.S. Psychology, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2012
  • M.A. Psychology, Gallaudet University, 2019
  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Gallaudet University, 2022

P. Melissa Moore M.D.

Psychiatrist

Services

  • Psychiatric Assessment
  • Psychiatric Consultation
  • Psychotherapy (supportive therapy, play therapy)
  • Medication Management
    • (Please note that Dr. Moore does not provide custody or forensic evaluations. Dr. Moore does not provide ongoing prescriptions for benzodiazepines.)

Biography

Dr. Moore is a psychiatrist who completed her residency in general psychiatry at the University of Virginia and went on to complete additional training in the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UVA where she was Chief Fellow. During residency, she received several honors including the Peer Commendation Award, the Humanitarian Award, and the Scholar Award. Her Scholar Award was based in part on her published research on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). During her fellowship, she received additional specialized training in psychodynamic play therapy and traveled to the Tavestock Clinic in London, England to further her training. She is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry and has worked at UVA and in various community mental health settings.

She provides comprehensive psychiatric assessments for children and some adults, and she enjoys providing consultations for primary care physicians. For each individual, she develops targeted treatment plans, which often include a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach of psychotherapy, family therapy, and support services. She offers medication management for children and adults who may benefit from this as part of their broader treatment plan. During both assessments and ongoing treatment, she emphasizes understanding each individual’s unique perspective to explore the underlying causes of difficult feelings.

She is experienced in working with a broad range of conditions and is interested in working with children and young adults with anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, and problems with adjustments or transitions. She offers play therapy as a treatment modality for younger children who often feel more comfortable expressing themselves through play rather than verbal communication.

Education

  • B.A., Biology and Chemistry Double Major, Wesleyan College, 1996
  • M.D. Doctor of Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, 2000
  • Residency: Psychiatry. University of Virginia, 2004
  • Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Virginia, 2006

Certifications and Memberships

  • Board certified by ABPN in Adult Psychiatry from 2006-2016
  • Board certified by ABPN in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2015 to present

Karen Stinson, MA.Ed

Assessment Technician

Services

  • Administration of educational assessments
  • Administration of psychological assessments under the guidance of a licensed psychologist
  • Deaf Services

Biography

Karen is the program advisor and a faculty member at Radford University where she teaches future educators to become teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, as well as graduate courses on educational assessment. She started her career as an itinerant teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in public schools in Georgia and Alabama. Then moved to Virginia to work at the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind as a teacher, supervisor, and technology coordinator.

Karen has a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and is in the process of obtaining her certificate in Educational Psychometry at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Her areas of expertise include both working directly with DHH children in the classroom and providing assessment services that help teachers make educational decisions to best meet student needs.

Karen is fluent in American Sign Language and Cued Speech.

Education

  • B.S.-Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • M.A. Ed- Curriculum and Instruction
  • Coursework in Educational Psychometry

Certifications and Memberships

  • Member-CEC: Council for Exceptional Children
  • Member-ASCD: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Member-ACE-DHH: Association of College Educators-Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Cali Caldwell, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Services

  • Comprehensive, whole-person assessment integrating experiences, social structure, lifestyle, nutrition, goals, and overall wellness
  • Medication recommendation and management
  • Psychotherapy- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Supportive therapy
  • Specializes in working with children, adolescents, and young adults

Biography

As a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Cali places special emphasis on combining a traditional medical perspective with a personalized lifestyle approach and evidence-based alternative therapies to create a comprehensive wellness plan for each patient. During her decade of healthcare experience, she has applied military and emergency medicine, pediatric care, critical care, and community care. As an experienced educator, she prioritizes each patient knowing their options and feeling empowered to make decisions based on evidence. Cali specializes in the care of children, adolescents, and young adults.

Cali received a Bachelor’s Degree from Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing. She graduated from the University of Virginia with her Masters in Nursing, where she is now working on her Doctorate degree.

Education

  • Doctorate of Nursing Practice, University of Virginia, current.
  • Masters of Nursing, University of Virginia, 2021
  • Bachelors of Nursing, Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing, 2017

Michelle Yoder, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Comprehensive psychological and neurodevelopmental assessments
  • Early Intervention
  • Individual and family therapy for children and adolescents
  • Specializes in social-emotional and behavioral issues in young children

Biography

Michelle Yoder recently joined ACES in 2020 after receiving her Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, where she also received a master’s degree in Applied Developmental Science. Michelle’s educational and clinical training has primarily focused on providing evidence-based treatment to children and adolescents across a number of contexts, including school, outpatient, inpatient, and community mental health settings.

In her clinical work, Michelle has a passion for helping families better understand and support their child’s development through psychological testing. She offers comprehensive psychological evaluation, neurodevelopmental assessment, and Autism testing services for children and adolescents. Michelle has particular interest in the developmental assessment of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and has worked with community- and school-based programs to guide intervention through evaluation. She also has a background in school psychology which allows her to integrate psychoeducational testing as needed.

In addition to assessment, Michelle enjoys providing individual and family therapy to children and adolescents. While using a variety of therapeutic modalities, she draws largely from behavioral/cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and attachment-related therapies in helping children of all ages navigate a range of challenges (e.g., anxiety, depression, social challenges, trauma). In particular, Michelle has concentrated her research and training on helping young children who present with social-emotional and behavioral concerns. She has experience providing early intervention to infants and toddlers, and has worked with preschool- and elementary-aged children through a mixture of play therapy, school consultation, and parent coaching interventions. In addition, Michelle places strong emphasis on understanding development through a family systems lens, and provides consultative services to caregivers, schools, and other community agencies to support family and community goals.

Education

  • Ph.D. Clinical and School Psychology, UVA, 2020
  • M.Ed. School Psychology, UVA, 2016
  • M.Ed. Applied Developmental Science, UVA, 2015
  • B.S. Psychology, Messiah University, 2014

Lisa Marshall, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Services

  • Psychotherapy
  • Deaf Services
  • Autism Services
  • Psychological Testing
  • Multidisciplinary Team Assessments
  • Parent Support and Training

Biography

Dr. Marshall has extensive experience working with individuals with complex disabilities.  Most recently she worked with a private non-profit behavioral health organization serving children and adults with disabilities including Autism, intellectual disabilities, and behavioral health concerns.  In her roles as clinical administrator, clinical director, and executive director, Dr. Marshall was involved in developing the organization’s trauma-informed practices and non-aversive crisis management strategy. Additionally Dr. Marshall is a named inventor of patented technology to assist in the development, tracking, and achievement of goals. She has also conducted training, presentations, and clinical consultations nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, including: deafness and child mental health, Autism, evidence-based data-driven practices, and trauma-informed care.

Dr. Marshall utilizes techniques from a variety of theoretical approaches, including trauma-informed practices, cognitive-behavioral strategies, Applied Behavioral Analysis, family systems, and attachment-based interventions. Her work is guided by the knowledge gained through years of experience, creative problem solving, and a genuine appreciation of individuals’ strengths.

Dr. Marshall joined ACES in 2020 to allow her the opportunity to return to her primary passion of working alongside children, adolescents, and their families as they maximize their skills, relationships, and resources to have healthy, productive, and successful lives.  She is based out of Richmond and is available to provide telehealth services across Virginia.

Dr. Marshall is a hearing psychologist who is fluent in American Sign Language and working to become proficient in Cued Speech.

Education

  • B.A., Psychology,
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Gallaudet University, 1997
  • Predoctoral Internship, VCU’s Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Richmond, VA, 1996-1997
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, VCU’s Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Richmond, VA 1997-1998

Certifications and Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)

Greg Hansen, Ph.D., M.S., OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Services

  • Occupational Therapy

Biography

Greg Hansen joined ACES in the fall of 2019. is also a full time assistant professor at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences (MDCHS), where he teaches pediatric courses as well as foundations of research and motor learning.

Greg Hansen has been an occupational therapist for over 20 years. For the last decade, he has worked with the pediatric population at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (VSDB).

In addition to his work at VSDB, Hansen has practiced at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, Fayette County Schools (WVa) schools, Augusta Health and a number of other hospital based centers. Hansen has been an invited guest speaker at many regional colleges and has supported OT students in training as a clinical instructor, receiving two awards as an outstanding fieldwork educator. His area of expertise and his recent research focuses on children with special needs.

Education

  • B.A., Speech Pathology and Audiology, West Virginia University
  • M.S., Western Michigan University
  • Ph.D., Motor Learning, University of Virginia