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F-5.1 Neuropsychological Assessments of Students with Complex Trauma: Helping Developing Brains


Half Day Session

Friday, March 9th

9:00 am - 12:30 PM


Audience Category: All  *New optional offering, an advanced advocate certificate program.  Attend this pre-conference AND F.5.2 Trauma Informed Advocacy, Programming and Representation  AND T-1 - Thu Full Day - To IEP and Beyond: Using Your Advocacy Skills & Tools Before, During and After the IEP, then select sessions of interest to you on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You will receive an advanced advocate training certificate for 24 hours of training. Must have at least 5 years of advocacy experience to participate in the certificate program. 

Audience Level of Expertise: Intermediate

Brief Session Description:

This workshop educates caregivers, teachers, attorneys and advocates about the impact of growing up in traumatic circumstances on the development of children's brains and discusses the ways in which neuropsychological evaluations can pinpoint areas of concern and help with development of effective interventions in the school setting.


Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, Psy.D

Senior Pediatric Neuropsychologist, NESCA

55 Chapel St.

Newton, MA 02458

617-658-9816; Fax: 617-658-9801



Presenter(s) Biography(ies):

Dr. Stephanie Monaghan-Blout is a senior pediatric neuropsychologist at Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents (NESCA) in Newton, Massachusetts. She specializes in the neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents with complex learning and emotional issues. She is proficient in the administration of psychological (projective) tests, as well as in neuropsychological testing.  Dr. Monaghan-Blout has a particular interest in working with adoptive children and their families as well as those contending with the impact of traumatic experiences. Her dissertation examined the multigenerational impact of maltreatment and the process by which parents chose to be a different kind of parent. She is a member of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) associated with Massachusetts Advocates for Children and the Harvard Law Clinic, and has worked with that group on an interdisciplinary guide to trauma sensitive evaluations. Dr. Monaghan-Blout graduated from Bowdoin College and received a Master’s in Counselor Education from Boston University. She worked for many years as an adolescent and family therapist in community and school settings before returning to graduate school to obtain a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School. She completed an internship in pediatric neuropsychology and child psychology at North Shore University Hospital in New York, and a postdoctoral fellowship at HealthSouth/Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Monaghan-Blout joined the pediatric neuropsychological practice of the Children’s Evaluation Center in 2003, which evolved into NESCA in 2007. Dr. Monaghan-Blout is the Past President of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society Board of Directors, on which she served from 2010 - 2017. Recent Presentations: Fifth Annual Surrogate Parents Conference, Federation for Children with Special Needs, Marlborough, MA- Neuropsychological Assessments of Children with Complex Trauma; NESCA Conference: Addressing Students’ Educational, Emotional, and Transition Needs: Practical Strategies for Special Education Advocates and Attorneys-Impact of Trauma in the Classroom; Lawrence Schools, sponsored by the Federation for Children with Special Needs, Lawrence, MA -Evaluating the Difficult, Tough to Diagnose Kid; Special Education Parent Advocacy Council (SEPAC), Wachusett, MA: Anxiety in the School Setting - Identification, Management and Intervention.  NESCA Community Presentation, Newton, MA: Challenges of Inter-Country/High-Risk Adoptions.


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