New England Psychological Assesment Center, Inc.

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Our Staff


Amanda Pope, Psy.D.


Dr. Amanda Pope is a clinical psychologist specializing in child and adult psychological, neuropsychological, and psychoeducational evaluations.  She received her doctorate from William James College in Newton, MA and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Atlanta Psychological Services in Atlanta, GA. During her fellowship, she completed a broad range of assessments (e.g., neuropsychological, psychological, forensic, trauma-focused) and developed a focus in Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluations.  Dr. Pope completed an APA-accredited internship at the Brenner Center for Psychological Assessment and Consultation in Newton, MA, where she conducted comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological evaluations across the lifespan. In addition, Dr. Pope worked at the Roger Williams University Counseling Center in Bristol, RI during her internship, providing counseling services to undergraduate and graduate students.  Dr. Pope has also conducted assessments in her work as a Psychometrician at the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Her goal is to provide comprehensive assessments that meet each patient's unique needs.  She aims to provide recommendations that are direct and useful to patients and their families, as well support them across multiple areas of functioning, including social, emotional, academic, and occupational to help them reach their optimal potential.




































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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.
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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.


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