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We have the most licensed psychologists and psychiatrists practicing in one location in New England
Dr. Catherine Monaco is a licensed Psychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist. She joined the practice in 2000. Dr. Monaco has extensive experience conducting
neuropsychological and psychological evaluations with children, adolescents and adults. She collaborates with schools, pediatricians, PCP's, psychiatrists, neurologists
and other professionals to develop academic accommodation plans (504 & IEP), provide treatment recommendations, evaluate medication efficacy, and assist in differential
diagnosis. Her specialty areas include, but are not limited to:
" Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
" Developmental Disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (High Functioning Autism, Asperger's, PDD-NOS) -- Dr. Monaco has received training in the ADOS (Autism
Diagnostic Observation Scale), the gold standard assessment tool for evaluating Autism Spectrum Disorders
" Verbal & Nonverbal Learning Disorders
" Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia, Reading, Spelling, Math, Written Expression, and Disorders of Expressive and Receptive Language)
" Transitional Planning for College-Age Students
" Major Neurological Diseases (e.g., Seizure Disorder, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Parkinson's Disease)
" Traumatic Brain Injury (stroke, concussion, head injury, Chiari 1 Malformation, tumors)
" Cognitive sequelae of prematurity, birth complications, and other disorders (e.g., metabolic, mitochondrial, genetic, endocrine)
Dr. Monaco also specializes in the assessment of social skills deficits and psychological disorders including: Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional/Defiant
Disorder, & Personality Disorders
Sari Lessard, Ph.D
Catherine A. Monaco, Ph.D
Leah C. Cochrane, Psy.D.
Dr. Cochrane earned her undergraduate degree in neuroscience and psychology from Allegheny College and her master's and doctoral degrees from Antioch University
New England. She completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship in the neuropsychology department at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center in
Pennsylvania. In addition to her work as an integral member of the neuropsychology team, she also consulted with the geriatric and hospice units and spent time
conducting inpatient psychiatric evaluations. Dr. Cochrane then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology at The Counseling Center of Nashua,
where she provided comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations to children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics, and supervision of doctoral Psychology interns. Dr.
Cochrane also has experience conducting neuropsychological and psychological evaluations in community mental health settings and hospital settings.
Currently, Dr. Cochrane's expertise lies in neuropsychological and psychological evaluations for children, adolescent, adult, and geriatric populations who present with:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, psychiatric illness, learning difficulties, nonverbal learning disorders,
traumatic brain injury and concussion, dementia, memory problems, cerebrovascular accident, demyelinating conditions, and tumors. Dr. Cochrane also has
experience in utilizing cognitive rehabilitation techniques to assist with memory, attention, and executive functioning deficits. Dr. Cochrane is a member of the
American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.
Dr. Greenwald received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Vermont. He obtained clinical training at Vermont State Hospital, West Central Community
Mental Health Services in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and completed a clinical fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. He is licensed to
practice psychology in New Hampshire, and is a member of the New Hampshire Psychological Association. Dr. Greenwald has served on the faculty in the Department
of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School for research investigating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder among Vietnam veterans, as well as conducting his own research on
the long term effects of childhood sexual abuse. He has been practicing in the Nashua, NH since 1987, and started The Counseling Center of Nashua in 1990.
Dr. Greenwald provides psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults, and has a subspecialty in psychological testing for Learning Disabilities, ADHD,
disruptive behavior disorders, and PTSD, as well as evaluating parent-child interaction difficulties and psychological disabilities to make determinations regarding needed
workplace accommodations. He consults to schools on topics of IEP programming, behavioral management, and educational placement.
Dr. Sari Lessard earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology
from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (Now Palo Alto University) in Palo Alto, California in 2004. As part of her training, Dr. Lessard completed her predoctoral
internship and postdoctoral residency at Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc. in Concord, New Hampshire where she provided outpatient psychological services to
children, adolescents, and adults, including psychological testing and psychotherapy.
Dr. Lessard brings with her experience in treating individuals and families who struggle with issues of depression, anxiety, trauma and abuse (victims), parenting stressors,
relationship problems, difficulty adjusting to life changes, grief and loss, child and adolescent behavioral problems, and self-injurious behavior. Dr. Lessard has also received
specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which helps individuals increase coping skills, emotion regulation skills, and interpersonal effectiveness skills. In
addition, she is a member of the American Psychological Association, and the New Hampshire Psychological Association.
Dr. Lessard utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach to treatment, which focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, in conjunction with a
psychodynamic and interpersonal approach to help clients eliminate or control troubling and painful symptoms so that they can more fully understand themselves and their
environment, improve the quality of their interpersonal world, and return to previous levels of functioning. Dr. Lessard also values and respects the importance of
genuineness, empathy and acceptance in the therapeutic relationship. She believes that these factors are necessary components to foster an environment of healing,
insight, and growth.
Evan Greenwald, Ph.D.
Alla Palma, Psy.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Alla Palma obtained her undergraduate degree in psychology from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and went on to earn a master's degree in
psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. She subsequently earned a second master's degree, and a doctoral degree, in clinical psychology
from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva University in New York, where she concentrated in clinical neuropsychology and clinical geropsychology.
Dr. Palma attended an American Psychological Association accredited pre-doctoral internship at the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bronx, New
York, where her internship training included individual, family, and group therapy in in-patient, outpatient, and nursing home settings. She obtained specialty training in
substance abuse and dual diagnosis, and conducted inpatient neuro-cognitive consultations, as well as outpatient neuropsychological and psychdiagnostic evaluations.
Additional training included outpatient individual, family, and couples therapy at Parnes Family Psychological and Psychoeducational Services Clinic and Jacobi
Hospital Medical Center in New York.
Dr. Palma's practicum training has afforded her a solid foundation for providing short- and long-term cognitive behavior and psychodynamic psychotherapeutic
interventions, including individual, family, and brief psycho-educational therapies. Dr. Palma also received three years of supervised training in neuropsychological
assessment in medical and community outpatient-based settings with children, adults, and older adults.
Dr. Lewicke was licensed as a psychologist in the state of New Hampshire in 1996. She has provided assessment and therapy services at South Bay Mental
Health and the Center for Family Services in Lowell, MA, and assessment services at Merrimack Valley Counseling in Nashua, R. Berke and Associates in
Amherst, NH, and Angel R. Martinez Professional .Association in Manchester, NH. Dr. Lewicke was Director of Research for the Traumatic Brain Injury Transition
Project of the Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) in Boston, MA. Dr. Lewicke has also worked as a School Psychologist and Psychology Department
Coordinator at the Crotched Mountain School and as Staff Neuropsychologist for the Brain Injury Center and Outpatient Clinic at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation
Center in Greenfield, NH. More recently, Dr. Lewicke worked as a Neuropsychologist at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, NH, where she worked
closely with providers in Neurology, Primary Care, Psychiatry, and Internal Medicine.
She provides comprehensive neuropsychological assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults
Bette Lewicke, Ph.D.
Specializing in Neuropsychology
Dr. Tempesta earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Rivier College in Nashua, NH, where she graduated cum laude in 1999. Dr. Tempesta earned a Master
of Science, and then a doctoral degree (2004) in clinical psychology from Antioch University, New England. She completed a predoctoral internship in clinical child
psychology at the Astor Home for Children, in the Residential Treatment Facility and the outpatient Clinic in Rhinebeck and Poughkeepsie, NY. She completed her post
doctoral training at New Hampshire State Hospital before joining The Counseling Center of Nashua.
Dr. Tempesta is a member of the American Psychological Association and is a licensed Psychologist in the state of New Hampshire. Dr. Tempesta has been trained in
clinical psychology to work with a variety of populations. Her training has included psychological assessment and therapy with children, adolescents, and their families. She
has worked in acute adult inpatient settings, residential treatment facilities, community mental health centers, school systems and outpatient mental health clinics. Dr.
Tempesta currently provides psychological assessment and has experience and interest in the evaluation of learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavioral
disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, psychosis, grief, depression, and anxiety disorders
Christina Tempesta, Psy.D.