Dr. Alyssa Verbalis is a pediatric neuropsychologist who has long been interested in the neurocognitive causes of social deficits. She is passionate about helping children, adolescents, and young adults maximize their strengths and work towards improving areas of difficulty. She believes everyone deserves to be happy, productive, and achieve the greatest level of independence that they are capable of within their community. She feels strongly that parents and other family members play a crucial role in the development of these skills across a lifetime, and she enjoys working with families to help their children develop a greater level of independence. In addition to her work at CAAT, Dr. Verbalis is a researcher at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD) at Children’s National Health System. Her primary research interests include the presentation of autism spectrum disorders in females, executive functioning deficits, and the development and implementation of intervention programs.
Dr. Verbalis’ clinical expertise is in assessment of cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems in children and adolescents. She has expertise in the differential diagnoses of autism spectrum disorders and is skilled in working with individuals at all levels of functioning. She has a particular interest in working with young children (toddlers and preschoolers), but has extensive experience conducting comprehensive developmental and neuropsychological evaluations across a wide range of ages, including school-age children, adolescents, and young adults. In addition to her work with individuals on the autism spectrum, Dr. Verbalis has experience evaluating individuals with a broad range of neurodevelopmental, medical, and psychiatric issues, including a variety of medical conditions (e.g., epilepsy, cerebral palsy, effects of cancer, and TBI, among others), learning disorders, attention disorders, language disorders, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, anxiety, and depression. Dr. Verbalis has participated in IEP team meetings and consultations with teachers and schools. She is available for follow-up and consultation appointments to ensure optimal treatment and educational programming as well as to provide support for families and individuals.
Dr. Verbalis earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from University of Connecticut, under the mentorship of Dr. Deborah Fein, where she specialized in neuropsychology. She completed her clinical internship in child psychology at Children’s National Health System and a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She subsequently spent a year working as a pediatric neuropsychologist at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute (KKI) in Baltimore.