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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pediatric Neuropsychologist Reva Tankle, Ph.D. Joins NESCA

Welcome Aboard!

We are very pleased to announce that Reva Tankle, Ph.D., having completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at NESCA under Drs. Nancy Roosa and Ann Helmus, has joined our permanent staff.

Dr. Tankle, whom many of you already know and respect from NESCA or her work with the Federation for Children with Special Needs, brings to her new position years of experience as a practicing adult neuropsychologist and special needs advocate. An outstanding clinician, she has special in expertise traumatic brain injury, and the evaluation and treatment of concussions in children and adolescents will be a focal point of her practice here. Her bio follows:

Reva S. Tankle, Ph.D.

Dr. Reva Tankle received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in psychology from York University in Toronto, Canada and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She came to Boston for a position at the Greenery Rehabilitation Center, and spent many years there as a neuropsychologist working with adults with traumatic brain injury.

In 2004, Dr. Tankle trained at the Federation for Children with Special Needs as a Special Needs Advocate. Since then, she has worked with hundreds of families with children with a wide range of disabilities, helping them navigate their way through the process of special education eligibility and accessing necessary services.

Dr. Tankle currently teaches at the Federation’s Parent Consultant course on “The Use of the Neuropsychological Evaluation in the IEP Process.”

Although she had been a licensed clinical psychologist and practicing neuropsychologist for many years, Dr. Tankle joined NESCA as a post-doctoral fellow in 2011, for two years of additional specialized training in pediatric and adolescent neuropsychology. She was supervised first by Dr. Nancy Roosa, with whom she evaluated many children with autism spectrum disorders, and then by NESCA Director Dr. Ann Helmus, helping to evaluate children with a broad range of learning disabilities.

Because of her extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of traumatic brain injuries, Dr. Tankle also has a special interest in concussions and their consequences in children and adolescents, to which she has devoted considerable study.

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