Dr. Nancy Muirhead, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist (Psy14996)
Specialist in Assessment and Testing
Dr. Kaycie Deane Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist (Psy29824)
Specialist in Assessment/Testing & Psychotherapy
Dr. Nancy Muirhead is a clinical psychologist and specialist in psychological assessment and testing. She has worked in the field of attention and learning disabilities since 1993. In 1995, Dr. Muirhead founded and coordinated services for the Attention Deficit Disorders Clinic at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. In 2000, she established the Center for Attention and Learning Disorders at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. In 2002, Dr. Muirhead developed a family services unit at a non-public school for children with complex neuro-regulatory disorders.
In 2000, Dr. Muirhead established Dr. Muirhead & Associates, now Attention, Learning, and Developmental Services (ALDS), a multi-disciplinary team of specialists providing comprehensive care to children, adolescents, and adults with AD/HD, learning disabilities, anxiety, mood disorders, and developmental delays. In addition, Dr. Muirhead has provided educational seminars and workshops on attention and learning issues throughout the life span to local agencies, public and private schools, mental health training programs, and parent support groups. Dr. Muirhead had the honor of serving as the keynote speaker at Egypt’s first conference on attention and learning disorders in youth.
Dr. Kaycie Deane is a clinical psychologist who earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has over a decade of clinical experience working with and assessing children and adolescents with a particular expertise in the areas of AD/HD, learning disabilities, developmental delays, anxiety, and mood disorders. Since 2008, she has worked as a Cogmed Working Memory Training Coach and as the lead Academic Coaching trainer and supervisor.
Dr. Deane specializes in diagnostic assessment and is certified to administer the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2), which is considered the gold standard in the field of diagnosing autism. In addition to assessment, Dr. Deane has extensive experience in both researching and implementing effective interventions for children and adolescents with autism and co-morbid disorders such as anxiety. Dr. Deane has a comprehensive understanding of the impact of executive functioning delays on academic performance and other school-related challenges, which she has obtained through her work with students from Kindergarten through college in private, public, and non-public schools and universities.
Dr. Tiffany Secrest, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist (Psy30958)
Specialist in Assessment and Testing
Dr. Tiffany Secrest is a clinical psychologist with specialized training in assessment and testing. She earned her Masters Degree at Pepperdine University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University. Dr. Secrest gained extensive training conducting comprehensive assessments as a Post-Doctoral fellow at the Psycho-Educational Diagnostic Services (PEDS) program at the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, where she provided psychoeducational, neuropsychological, attentional, and psychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults.
Dr. Secrest has been working clinically with children, adolescents, and their families for over ten years, including various school-based settings where she worked collaboratively with teachers, principals, behavioral aides, and school psychologists to ensure comprehensive care for the students she worked with. She has extensive experience working with AD/HD, learning disorders, anxiety, mood disorders, and trauma. Dr. Secrest has worked with many individuals presenting with complex diagnostic pictures and works to disentangle these issues through a strength-based approach to comprehensive assessment testing.
Yvette Lopez de Luna, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW82357)
Specialist in Psychotherapy
Yvette Lopez de Luna is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare (MSW) from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a therapist, Yvette has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in individual and group settings. With a holistic perspective, Yvette is passionate about helping her clients overcome their challenges, find new, beneficial ways to cope, and gain a deeper understanding into one’s self. Yvette utilizes a strengths based approach to guide clients in reaching success in managing thoughts and emotions in order to improve maladaptive behaviors, and Motivational Interviewing techniques to help her clients explore ambivalence to create positive change.
Yvette is trained and certified in various evidence-based treatment models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Crisis Oriented Recovery Services, Seeking Safety, and Managing and Adapting Practices. Yvette has extensive experience treating depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, familial conflict, and overcoming a variety of difficult life transitions and stressors across the life spectrum. Furthermore, Yvette has a deep understanding of Public Child Welfare and has worked extensively with children and families in various capacities throughout the foster care system in both Los Angeles and Orange County.
Academic Coaching Coordinator
Educational Therapist Candidate
Justine Collazo, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT119202)
Registered Art Therapist (ATR20-201)
Specialist in Psychotherapy and Art Therapy
Justine Collazo is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist who received her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, with specialized training in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University. When working with individuals, Justine uses a framework that considers the whole person and an understanding of their family system. She uses an eclectic theoretical approach to best match her clients and their unique presenting needs. Utilizing the modalities of talk, play, and art therapy, Justine is an engaging clinician whose methods are grounded in the mind-body connection and the potential for growth and healing through the creative process. She works with children, adolescents, and transitional age youth in individual and group therapy settings; she is committed to providing culturally competent and LGBTQ+ affirming therapy.
Justine has held clinical positions in community agencies and has provided individual and group therapy from a strengths-based and skill-building approach to students with extensive learning differences and social, emotional, and trauma-related needs. Having worked in non-public schools, she is familiar with supporting students through an IEP and 504 Plan. Justine’s areas of clinical focus include ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), anxiety, depression, and other mood and behavioral disorders.
Lindsey Gaudenti has worked as an Academic Coach at Attention, Learning, and Developmental Services (ALDS) since 2015. With a strong dedication to education and academic support, Lindsey has also worked as a teacher, learning specialist, and test proctor at local non-public and private schools throughout the South Bay and Los Angeles. She has successfully worked with children and young adults with varying diagnoses (AD/HD, learning disorders, autism, anxiety, mood disorders, and developmental delays) and has a highly specialized understanding of each child’s unique learning needs.
With a B.A. in philosophy and a minor in neuropsychology, Lindsey's academic studies centered on philosophies of pedagogy. She was specifically interested in the diagnostic classification systems, and stigmas of children with learning disabilities within western and eastern traditions. Currently, Lindsey is a Master of Arts in Educational Therapy candidate (2020) at Cal State University Northridge (CSUN). CSUN has one of the only two master's programs developed in coordination with the Association of Educational Therapists (AET). In her master's program, Lindsey has focused on methodologies and interventions for children with executive function disorders, dyslexia, dyscalculia, giftedness, and twice exceptional diagnoses.
Coaches and Tutors
Our Academic Coaches and Tutors are committed and compassionate professionals dedicated to supporting students for success both in and out of the classroom. Each coach comes with diverse life-experiences and are carefully matched with their student, taking into consideration the student’s individual needs, personality, and interests. Our coaches have a specialized understanding of the critical role executive functioning plays in academic success and are able to mentor students in improving time management, organization, motivation, self-advocacy, and effective study skills through empirically-supported interventions.