She is an active participant in the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, a collaborative effort between Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Harvard Law School’s Education Law Clinic, a project involving a multi-disciplinary group of professionals working together to better define and meet the educational needs of children who have been traumatized.
A clinician and speaker in demand internationally, Dr. Helmus frequently conducts evaluations abroad, particularly in areas where diagnostic and treatment services would otherwise be unavailable. Under her direction, NESCA has welcomed clients from more than 20 nations.
She received her undergraduate degree in Neural Science from Brown University and earned her doctorate at Boston University School of Medicine. Her postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology was completed at Children's Hospital in Boston, where she remained on staff for seven years. Concurrently, she served as neuropsychologist to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Dr. Helmus specializes in the evaluation of children with learning disabilities, attention and executive function deficits and primary neurological disorders. In addition to assessing children, she also provides consultation and training to both public and private school systems. She frequently makes presentations to groups of parents, particularly on the topics of non-verbal learning disability and executive functioning.
She is the mother of two young adults in college.