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Dr. Gail Goldman is a licensed psychologist practicing in the Upper East Side of New York City, Riverdale, NY, and in Miami Beach. Psychoeducational evaluations are her area of expertise and the sole emphasis of her practice. She has 20 years of experience evaluating children as young as 5 years old and performs evaluations of all ages, through adulthood. Issues analyzed involve school and work environments, learning, focusing, memory, timing, test-taking, study and organizational skills, developmental delays, and social-emotional issues, among others.
Dr. Goldman administers comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations with a neuropsychological component, diagnosing cognitive weaknesses, graphomotor weaknesses, learning disabilities, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, language disorders, developmental disorders (Asperger Syndrome, autism, nonverbal LD), and psychological disorders (such as anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder). She has developed a comprehensive battery of tests over the years, to which specialized tests are added as needed to further analyze confounding issues.
Dr. Goldman’s specialized training in evaluations was attained during a postdoctoral fellowship at The Medical School of the Johns Hopkins University. Her training was part of a multi-disciplinary team of developmental pediatricians, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, learning specialists, speech-language therapists, and occupational therapists. Her unique battery of tests encompasses all those areas, except a medical examination.
To Dr. Goldman, diagnoses are made by scrutinizing not only test scores, but how an individual obtained those scores. Behavioral observations are of paramount importance to her. For example, did a child only become fidgety when given academic material that was difficult for him or her? That is not the same as a child who is fidgety and inattentive throughout the testing, even when tasks were easy. Several years ago Dr. Goldman tested siblings whose test scores were practically identical, but because they earned those scores in quite different ways, different diagnoses and recommendations were made for each. Dr. Goldman has an extremely comprehensive and effective approach to psychoeducational analyses.
Dr. Goldman worked for many years at The Lab School of Washington, D.C., a special school for bright students with learning difficulties, doing evaluations and supervising the testing of other licensed psychologists. She has been working privately in New York City since 1998 and more recently, part-time in Miami Beach. She has provided workshops to teacher and parent groups at countless private schools in NYC, even providing a workshop at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on how learning disabilities impact the workplace.
Of utmost importance, Dr. Goldman personally performs and scores all tests, interprets the results, writes the reports, makes needed phone calls to other specialists and school or work contacts, and meets with the families to discuss the results to ensure a comprehensive understanding of her professional recommendations.