Lisa Ahern, Ph.D., NCSP
Dr. Lisa Ahern is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist who holds a Ph.D. in school psychology from North Carolina State University. She has advanced training in ADHD assessment, the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Learning Disabilities. She completed a two year Post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at Duke University Medical Center in the ADHD program where she remained after her training as a faculty member and the Director of the Learning Disorders clinic. Dr. Ahern's experiences at Duke included clinical work with children, adults, and families with ADHD, participation in nationally funded research studies, supervision and training of clinical and school psychology interns, and guest lecturing on campus and in the community. At Duke, Dr. Ahern became an expert in organizational skills training for children with ADHD as part of a multi-site nationally funded research study (OTMP). She also created a group treatment program for adolescents with executive functioning difficulties called TOPS (Teen Organization, Planning, and Study Skills) which has been successfully run with middle and high school students at Duke and in private practice.
Dr. Ahern was a psychologist at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, serving the Center for Management of ADHD and the Anxiety Behaviors Clinic (ABC) as an evaluator and therapist. At CHOP, Dr. Ahern refined her clinical expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents with anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Disorders and provided parent management training (PMT) for families with children who were experiencing difficulties with ADHD and other behavioral difficulties. She was also able to participate in research efforts as part of a nationally recognized team of experts.
Dr. Ahern is also a certified NJ school psychologist and was part of the Child Study Team in the Mount Laurel Public Schools in New Jersey for 3 years. In this role, she provided group and individual counseling to address anger management and social skills, contributed to CST multi-disciplinary evaluations and re-evaluations, provided case management, conducted functional behavioral assessments (FBAs), created and monitored behavioral intervention plans, participated on the Section 504 Committee and Intervention and Referral Services (I&RS) Committee, provided teacher in-service training, and consulted with parents and teachers regarding children with attention and learning difficulties as well as children on the autism spectrum.
With over 15 years of experience in ADHD and learning disabilities, Dr. Ahern has given many presentations for parent groups, teacher in-services, universities, research conferences, and community organizations. She was also a primary evaluator and consultant for The Long Leaf Academy, a private school for children with ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning differences in Southern Pines, NC. She has experience not only working in schools on the Child Study Team, but also providing school consultation.
Currently, Dr. Ahern provides thorough psychoeducational and psychological testing to assess learning disabilities (including dyslexia), attention issues, executive functioning concerns, high functioning autism spectrum disorders, and other psychological disorders. This may include initial evaluations, re-evaluations, second-opinion testing, and independent evaluations through school districts. She also provides school consultation and behavioral/cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for children ages 4 through young adulthood, specifically to address ADD/ADHD, executive functioning and organizational skills difficulties, anxiety, and OC spectrum disorders.
Dr. Ahern holds licenses to practice psychology in New Jersey (Lic. No. 35S100435080) and Pennsylvania (Lic No. PS016969) and is a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA).
Lisa Ahern, Ph.D., NCSP Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Lisa Ahern