About Dr. Aviv
I am a bilingual clinical psychologist and a board certified pediatric neuropsychologist. I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut (1996). Following my doctorate, I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, New Jersey with a concentration in pediatric neuropsychology and community mental health. I am licensed in Missouri (USA) and in Israel and am a fellow of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology (ABPdN). I have taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate level courses at various universities and have published research papers in leading academic journals. I regularly give workshops and presentations, both nationally and locally, and consult with faculty, counselors and parents in local schools and preschools. I have a broad range of expertise with professional interests in cognitive, emotional, social and language development, identity formation, parenting, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and new immigrant issues. I serve as an ad-hoc examiner for psychologists seeking board certification from the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology. In Israel, I am a board member of Get Help Israel, an organization that helps English speakers access mental health services.
I use a careful and extremely thorough individualized assessment approach to determine why children, adolescents, and adults struggle at school, at work, and in interpersonal relationships. This holistic approach to each individual initially involves collecting relevant background information from multiple sources such as parents, teachers, and significant others. Where appropriate I review school and medical records and consults with relevant professionals. I then design and administer an individualized battery of assessments and tests tailored to address each specific referral question.
Following data collection, integration, and interpretation, I
provide a full written report with an individualized treatment plan. I will explain the sources of difficulties, identify strengths, make appropriate diagnoses, and provide intervention recommendations and resources. I also help parents advocate for their children's needs with the local education system to ensure that they are receiving appropriate accommodations and interventions.
I have worked in a range of settings with children, adolescents, and adults, including outpatient and community mental health centers, short and long-term inpatient mental health psychiatric facilities, University counseling centers, and have been in private practice for over 20 years.
I am a member of national and local professional organizations and volunteer my time to serve on the boards of a number of local non-profit mental health and educational organizations.