Neuropsychology is a field of psychology that focuses on the relationship between learning, behavior, and brain functioning. A child may be referred for a neuropsychological evaluation when there are concerns about one or more areas of their development. This can include a child’s cognitive, academic, memory, language, social, self-regulatory, emotional, behavioral, motor, visual-spatial, and adaptive […]
About Nina Goudis
Dr. Nina Goudis is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at North Shore Pediatric Therapy (NSPT). Dr. Nina specializes in the evaluation of children with various intellectual and developmental disorders, learning difficulties, and emotional and behavioral challenges. Her specific areas of expertise include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Down Syndrome, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Specific Learning Disorder, as well as various emotional and behavioral disorders.
Dr. Nina completed her fellowship in Neuropsychology at NSPT. Prior to this, Dr. Nina completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Track at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH), an Autism Treatment Network site. At NCH, Dr. Nina provided comprehensive assessment and intervention for youth with varying intellectual and developmental difficulties. She was also part of six clinical specialty rotations, Neurodevelopmental, Down Syndrome/Developmental Disabilities, Feeding, Bowel Management and Rural Outreach Clinics, as well as a rotation through a residential care facility for nonambulatory children and adults with multiple developmental disabilities.
Prior to this, Dr. Nina conducted psychological assessments of children in the Attention, Learning, and Behavior Clinic and Developmental Disabilities Clinic at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Pediatric Developmental Center, where she also provided intensive behavior therapy to youth with a broad range of developmental, learning, and behavioral challenges. She also spent time evaluating children in a therapeutic day school and presented results in district staffings to help determine a child’s eligibility for special education services. Furthermore, she has experience providing individual, family, and group therapy in a community mental health center.
Dr. Nina’s past research experiences have included projects involving youth with spina bifida, underserved and urban child populations, and Parent-Child Interactive Therapy. Her doctoral dissertation examined the statistical properties and clinical utility of the Children’s Category Test Level 1; a neuropsychological assessment used to assess brain injury in child populations.
Dr. Nina has spent time volunteering in an art program for adults with severe mental illness and developmental disabilities, and has also fundraised for Autism Speaks.
In the world of psychological assessment, the Wechsler Intelligence Scales are considered to be the gold standard measures of intellectual functioning. The assessments represent over 70 years of research and subsequent revisions that reflect advancements in neurodevelopmental and neurocognitive research, psychology, technology, and changes in population. (Wechsler, 2014). The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, Fifth […]
Many parents express concern that their time-out strategies do not work. However, when implemented appropriately, time-outs can be a useful tool for managing problematic behavior in children. Instead of a time-out being a punishment, it can be viewed as a means to teach children how to “take a break” from a situation in order to […]