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Pediatric Neurobehavioral Health

With a special focus on brain function and child development, we assess your child’s cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning and determine the best treatment to help improve his quality of life.

We have one focus: kids.

If your child has a known or suspected neurologic disorder - such as epilepsy, head injury, neuromuscular disorder or chronic medical illness - we're here to help. We have a team of pediatric psychologists and neuropsychologists who work with other pediatric specialists as needed to treat all aspects of a child’s condition.

Our evaluations may include:

  • Neuropsychological evaluation that assesses the relationship among how your child thinks, learns, remembers, pays attention, and feels to make recommendations for school, home, and other settings
  • Psychoeducational assessment that includes academic achievement assessment as part of a multi- disciplinary team for school success
  • Psychological assessment – understand your child’s level of emotional distress related to a known or suspected neurologic disorder

We use these evaluations to determine the best recommendations, treatments and non-medical interventions, such as habit-reversal training for tics, behavioral treatment for feeding issues, and cognitive behavioral therapies for headaches or emotional adjustment to neurologic issues such as epilepsy.

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Contact Neurobehavioral Health

330-543-2778

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Neurobehavioral Health
Akron Children's Hospital Neurobehavorial Health, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St.
Level 4
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-8054
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Our Doctors/Providers

Physicians/Providers:

Elle Brennan, PhD

Child and Adolescent Psychologist

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Allison Burke, PhD

Director, Autism Diagnostic Clinic; Child and Adolescent Psychologist

Kathleen Hassara, PsyD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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Katrina Hermetet, PhD, NCSP

Director, Division of Neurobehavioral Health; Nationally Certified School Psychologist; Associate Director, Pediatric Psychology Fellowship; Program Director, School Success Clinic; Clinic Director, Tic and Tourette Service; Pediatric Psychologist

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Jeannette Iskander, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist

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Erica Montague Krapf, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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Bruna Schneider, PsyD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Nicole Swain, PsyD, ABPP

Pediatric Psychologist

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Shana Wilson Schuler, PhD, ABPP

Pediatric Psychologist

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Kristine Woods, PsyD, BCB

Pediatric Psychologist

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Other Providers:

Morgan Bishop, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Pathologist

Phillip Hodge, MS, CSP

Patient Navigator; Psychometrist

Betsy Newlon, BA

Neurobehavioral Health Clinic Coordinator

PEERS® Social Skills Group

We are pleased to offer the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills®  (PEERS®), an evidence-based social skills group for motivated middle and high school students who would like to learn how to make and keep friends and handle social difficulties. Groups will be facilitated by Allison Burke, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist and certified PEERS® for Adolescents provider, with the assistance of trained clinic staff.

Teens and parents attend weekly 90-minute group sessions for 14 weeks. Group sessions will be offered through telehealth (availability of in-person groups will be decided in accordance with public health recommendations). Teaching consists of didactic lessons, role-play demonstrations of skills, and behavioral rehearsals. Parents learn how to be “social coaches” for their teens to help them apply the skills they are learning.

Session topics include:

  • Conversational skills
  • Electronic communication
  • Identifying sources of friends
  • Entering conversations
  • Handling teasing and bullying
  • Resolving disagreements
  • Changing a bad reputation
  • Planning and hosting get-togethers
  • Using humor appropriately

Participation requirements: 

  • Reliable Internet connection (for telehealth groups)
  • Parent/caregiver involvement (it is best if the same parent/caregiver attends sessions)
  • Regular attendance
  • Teen motivation and willingness to participate
  • Teen is in middle or high school
  • Teen has friendship problems
  • Teen has conversational speech and can participate in group learning

Enrollment is ongoing, and group assignments are determined at intake based on group dynamics. Instruction is in English. For more information or to start the intake process, contact Katie Elliott, Director Secretary of NeuroBehavioral Health, at 330-543-4894.

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