James Paicopolos founded the New England Learning and Diagnostic center, after son was diagnosed with ADHD in the first grade. At the same time, he was seeing many children in the school that he worked, as a school psychologist being prescribed ADHD medications, with little or no effect on their school performance or behavior. The school insisted that his son had ADHD even though Nicholas was the youngest child in first grade in the entire school district. The psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, his son's pediatrician and school counselor all insisted that his son had ADHD and not medicating him would cause severe harm. He was also worried about medicating his own son, because he had consistently noticed tics, hand tremors and a flat affect from children who were taking stimulant medications. Presently, James is developing language based learning programs for students in Abu Dhabi, UAE and in the Peoples Republic of China.
Mohamed Fazal Is the newest member of our staff and is heading up our educational software develoment team. He is presently working on several assessment and learning platforms projects. The fundamental act of using a computer to learn is quite different but can be-- much more personal, intimate, nuanced -- than, say, the process of shopping for a text book. Learning is an investment of time and pride; it holds a mirror up to our minds.
Parth K Bhatt has joined our staff as an intern. He has a master's degree in computer science. He will be assisting with the development of online testing and with support of the website.
Susan M. Brefach is a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist who has worked with children and families for over 30 years.
Her professional experience has included work in children’s hospitals, mental health clinics, public schools, and (for the past 20 years) private practice. Her work has focused on children with learning disabilities, developmental disorders, emotional and behavioral difficulties, dyslexia, non-verbal learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, anxiety and school phobia, medical issues and autism spectrum disorders.
Because she believes that even the best evaluation is of limited value without effective follow-up, she works with parents and schools to put in place the best programs and specialized instruction so children can make effective progress. She is dedicated to being an advocate for each child she sees, and providing an independent, objective, and comprehensive picture of that child’s learning style and educational needs.
Dr. Lee Ann Hoff, is the author of Psychiatric and Mental Health Essentials as well as numerous other books assists with the design and implementations of our programs. She has expressed concerns about the overuse of psychotropic medications in children and how children are often used as guinea pigs when it comes to these medications.
In the 1970s, Dr. Hoff pioneered in the development of community mental health centers and specialized crisis services in the USA. She has developed and taught courses in the U.S. and Canada in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing; Social, Cultural, and Policy Issues in Health Care; Community Mental Health; Crisis Theory and Practice; Anthropology of Health; Women's Health; Theory, Role, Research, and Contemporary Issues in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs and in university departments of psychology, anthropology, sociology and women's studies.
She has conducted numerous continuing education courses and workshops on crisis, violence, and suicide prevention nationally and internationally for health and mental health professionals, police officers, paraprofessional and peer counselors, and the general public. Dr. Hoff's presentations of research and education projects have been at national and international conferences in nursing, women's health, anthropology, public health, psychiatry, suicidology,and victimology.
Acknowledging her work in initiating and developing national standards for crisis programs, and for spearheading the certification program for individual crisis workers, the American Association of Suicidology bestowed on her its first national service award in 1985. In 2000 Dr. Hoff received an Honorary Recognition Award from the American Nurses Association, recognizing her pioneering work on violence issues.Major publications include the award-winning book, People in Crisis: Clinical and Diversity Perspectives. 6th Ed. (2009, Routledge, NY); Battered Women As Survivors (1990, Routledge, London). Currently, Dr. Hoff is Research Consultant at the University of Massachusetts Lowell; Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Health Sciences; and Visiting Professor at the Institute for Applied Psychology ISPA, and Advisory Board Member of the Research Unit on Psychology and Health recognized by the National Foundation for Science and Technology. Dr. Hoff is a member of several professional organizations and is active in peace and anti-violence movements.
of Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders. He is the President and Director of the Infinite Potential Program in Cranston, Rhode Island. Dr. Pedro has pioneered the development of a scientific research-based therapy called Cortical Integrative Therapy, which has been implemented at his clinic for several years and historically in the public school system with students diagnosed with ADHD and learning disabilities.
Dr. Pedro graduated in 1981 from the University of Vermont and in 1985 he received his doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from New York Chiropractic College. His postdoctoral studies focused on Neurology with a Residency at N.Y.C.C. In 1987 and in 1992, he received his Diplomate Degree from the American College of Chiropractic Neurology followed by a Fellowship Award by The Carrick Institute. His interest in learning difficulties lead him to specialize in Learning Disabilities at the Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies from which he received a certificate in the Treatment of Learning Disabilities in 2001.
He is the recipient of several awards including the QiEn es QiEn in Medical Care and in 1988 a Citation from the State of Rhode Island for his care and dedication to the people of Rhode Island. In addition to a successful practice, Dr. Pedro has lectured extensively in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and has also served as an Associate Professor at the University of Bridgeport Chiropractic College.
Dr. Pedro is a member of several professional organizations including The American Chiropractic Association, the Rhode Island Chiropractic Society since 1986 and the Portuguese American Physicians Health Association (PAPHA).
Dr. Pedro's ongoing research is focused primarily on the use and effectiveness of alternative treatments with school-age students diagnosed with Attention Deficit disorders and Learning Disabilities. He is the principal investigator of a research team that completed the Kuss Study at a public school in Fall River Massachusetts. His work was incorporated into the 2003 Fall River, Massachusetts Strategic Improvement Plan. The Kuss Study is a historic first and was submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Education for further implemetation.