Elizabeth W. Goodell, Ph.D. conducts cognitive assessments of children and adults who have difficulties learning and who may struggle with aspects of everyday functioning. Parents are often the first to notice learning differences in a child. "Red flags" during the school years may include:
- Significant variability in performance across subjects
- Failure to learn basic skills
- Difficulty retaining information or skills
- Problems with reading despite average intelligence
- Inability to initiate independent tasks such as homework
- Difficulties focusing and paying attention
- Awkward pencil grasp and poor handwriting
- Lack of self confidence
A person's learning profile is unique. No single symptom is common to all indviduals with learning difficulties. While one person may have problems with language-based tasks such as reading and writing, another may have problems with processing speed and visual-spatial skills. A cognitive evaluation can provide important information regarding a person's strengths and areas of need. With this additional information, families and school systems are better equipped to help a person reach their full potential.
What expertise does Dr. Goodell offer?
Elizabeth W. Goodell, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist specializing in neuropsychology. From 1997-1998, Dr. Goodell worked as staff neuropsychologist/assistant director of the Good Samaritan Neurobehavioral Evaluation Center, Stoughton, MA. Afterwards, she founded and served as director of Landmark Diagnostic Center, Prides Crossing (1999-2000). Since 2001 she has been in private practice in Ipswich, MA. In addition to having taught college courses on language acquisition, hearing impairment, and psycholinguistics, she lectures on a variety of topics including neuropsychology, testing, and child development. Special interests include learning differences, dyslexia, and Asperger Syndrome. She has over 15 years of clinical experience.
In addition to her background in neuropsychology, Dr. Goodell has pursued further clinical training in therapy and counseling. In 2011 she completed the 12-month Level I Internal Family Systems training in Boston, MA. In 2013 she finished a 6-month Leadership Training Program at Shalom Mountain, Livingston Manor, NY.
Dr. Goodell is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society, the Asperger Association of New England, and the International Dyslexia Association. She conducts evaluations in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Dr. Goodell is a graduate of Smith College. She received her M.S. in Linguistics from Cornell University, and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. She completed her Clinical Psychology internship at Yale University School of Medicine/Waterbury Hospital and postdoctoral fellowships at Children's Hospital/University of Washington, Seattle and Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, Braintree, MA.