A child may be referred for a neuropsychological evaluation when there are concerns about one or more areas of development. This can include cognition, academics, attention, memory, language, socialization, emotional, behavioral, motor, visual-spatial, and adaptive functioning. A neuropsychological evaluation aids the psychologist in determining an appropriate diagnosis, such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Specific […]
About Vanessa A. Wells Psy.D.
Dr. Vanessa Wells is a Post-Doctoral Neuropsychology. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Psychology, and her Master of Arts & Doctor of Psychology degrees in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles, concentrating in neuropsychology.
Recently, Vanessa completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship at Palos Behavioral Health Professionals where she provided psychological assessments, as well as individual and group therapy to youth and adults with various diagnoses including Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, anxiety, depression, and conduct disorder. Additionally, she’s been trained in providing CogMed, a computer-based cognitive rehabilitation program, focusing on youth.
Prior to internship, her clinical work has focused on neuropsychological assessment with children and adolescents in hospital and private practice settings. She also has experience with various medically related diagnoses including pediatric cancers, sickle cell anemia, failure to thrive, traumatic brain injury, and seizure disorder. Vanessa’s past research experience has included investigating the long-term neurocognitive effects of pediatric oncology treatment. Her doctoral dissertation explored adaptive and socio-emotional functioning in pediatric cancer survivors.
Dr. Wells has spent significant time volunteering with various hospitals and organizations including, Shriners Hospital for Children, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
Entries by Vanessa A. Wells Psy.D.
Sometimes anxiety can be easy to identify, such as when a child is feeling nervous before a test. However, in some children anxiety may look like something else, such as ADHD or a learning disorder. The following is a list of tips to use in the classroom to accommodate a child with anxiety: Some children […]
The brain is divided into two hemispheres with each side having its own unique functions. The left side is logical, literal, linguistic, and linear (the four L’s). The right side is holistic, non-verbal, and focuses on the emotions and experiences of relationships. When it comes to development, very young children tend to be right brain […]