About
Understanding Minds

You’re probably seeking an evaluation for your student because your student’s school or teacher has alerted you to a challenge or a problem. At Understanding Minds we pay attention to students’ strengths. To get the full picture, we want to comprehend what’s going well and what’s not.

Our strengths-and-challenges approach helps us comprehend your student’s individual, unique profile. You will come away with a detailed report and recommendations written in plain language, not a one-line diagnosis.

You’ll begin to see a path forward for you and your student with evidence-based, personalized plans for interventions, strategies, and accommodations. We use our expertise established through working with hundreds of students and from years of continuing education experience in the state-of-the-art of School Neuropsychology.

“Our mission is to provide all children with the best support to improve their communication skills and reach their full potential”

- Tricia Nash, Speakout Kids Founder -

Testimonials

The Team

Tricia Nash

Founder and Director

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Jane Jefferson

Speech Pathologist CCC-SLP

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Betsy Allison

Speech Pathologist CCC-SLP

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Mona Hansen

Speech Pathologist CCC-SLP

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Claudia Mcguire

Speech Pathologist CCC-SLP

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Leah Wise

Speech Pathologist CCC-SLP

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  • Licensed clinical psychologist with particular specialization in comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults
  • More than 25 years of experience providing comprehensive evaluations of learning, social, behavioral, and emotional concerns across the lifespan
  • Board certified by the American Board of School Neuropsychology
  • Frequent presenter at regional and national workshops on a variety of topics related to the interface between education and understanding of brain function
  • 18 years of experience in independent school leadership, including as a Principal and Assistant Head of School for Academics for a K-12 independent school for students with language-based learning disabilities and learning differences, and as Director of the learning center at a mainstream college prep preK-12 independent school in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from Indiana State University
  • Member of the Georgia Psychological Association
  • Parent of a wonderful son with autism
  • Avid amateur musician and recording studio hobbyist
  • Team owner in the same fantasy baseball league with friends since 1987
  • Licensed clinical psychologist specializing in comprehensive psychoeducational evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults
  • More than 10 years of clinical experience, including comprehensive evaluations and therapy with all ages in various settings
  • Provided services in a variety of settings, including schools, community mental health clinics, inpatient hospital, pediatric neuropsychology clinic in an outpatient hospital, a correctional psychiatric facility within a prison, as well as private practice
  • Member of Georgia Psychological Association (GPA) and the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Doctorate and Master’s degrees in school and clinical child psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, under Yeshiva University in the Bronx of New York City
  • Interests include spending time and speaking Russian with her husband and their four young children, going on hikes and nature trails, and cooking different foods