New England Psychological Assessment Center, Inc.

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Our Staff

Scott Sokol, PhD, ABPDn

Dr. Scott M. Sokol is a board certified pediatric neuropsychologist with over 25 years of experience in  neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment of school-aged children and adults.  Dr. Sokol specializes in the evaluation of learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and other neurocognitive impairments.

Dr. Sokol received his BA Summa cum Laude in Psychology from Brandeis University, and his MA and PhD from Johns Hopkins University in Cognitive Neuropsychology. (He also holds a Masters degree in Sacred Music.) He completed his postdoctoral training program at Massachusetts General Hospital. For a dozen years, Dr. Sokol was a researcher, clinician and professor at MGH and Harvard Medical School, and a founding faculty member in the graduate program of Communication Science and Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Profession.

Dr. Sokol then went on to found and direct the graduate program in special education at Hebrew College, where he held an endowed chair. He then took over leadership of a small independent K-8 school in Metrowest Boston for five years, while maintaining a small clinical practice. He brings a wealth of experience in special education and educational consultation to his clinical work.

Dr. Sokol has received several awards over the span of his career including a Graduate Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, a Young Psychologist Award from the American Psychological Assocaition, and a Fulbright Young Scientist Award. He is an elected Fellow in the Association for Psychological Science, and just ended a three-year term as Secretary of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology.


Shayla Johnson, PhD

Dr. Shayla Johnson is a clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychological, psychological, psychoeducational, and forensic assessments.  Dr. Johnson's target population’s ages range from 6 to adulthood.  For her post-doctoral training, Dr. Johnson served as the Rapid Response Fellow at the Brenner Center for Psychological Assessment and Consultation at William James College in Newton, MA.  She conducted psychological, neuropsychological, psychoeducational, and risk assessments with a quick turnaround.  Dr. Johnson completed an APA-accredited internship at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C.  She received a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC and a Masters of Science (M.S.) degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland).  Dr. Johnson strives to provide her clients with a comprehensive evaluation that includes realistic and detailed recommendations that can be implemented in order to promote positive change.

Susan Brefach, Ed.D.

Dr. Brefach received her doctorate from Boston University and did post-doctoral training at Franciscan Children’s Hospital in Brighton, working with their inpatient evaluation team and providing therapy to children and families. She is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She has worked in area hospitals including Franciscan Children’s and North Shore Medical Center, in private clinics, and has maintained a private practice for 25 years.

Her book, No Parent Left Behind: Navigating the Special Education Universe was written to help patents understand their children’s needs, and provide a “roadmap” to help them get the necessary services to “make school work” for their children from first worries to success in life.

Dr. Brefach’s specialties include comprehensive evaluations and advocacy for children and adolescents (ages 5 through post-college) with neurodevelopmental disorders including Learning Disabilities including dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, emotional difficulties including anxiety and depression, Intellectual Disabilities, and behavior problems including school refusal. She has conducted hundreds of program observations, attended thousands of school meetings, and testified at special education hearings, all with the goal of helping children find success in school and beyond.