About

CLAUDIA B. RUTHERFORD, Ph.D. – Director

I am a licensed clinical psy2015-08-26 15.03.10chologist, originally from New York City, who has been living in the Pioneer Valley since 2002. I have a PhD in clinical psychology from Adelphi University. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, I worked in medical and psychiatric settings in New York City. After moving here, I first worked at a child and adolescent clinic in the Berkshires and then a clinic for children, adults, and families in the Pioneer Valley. I opened my own practice in 2004. At Pioneer Valley Psychological Assessment, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological testing of children and adults up to age 55. I see a wide variety of issues and enjoy helping people clarify why they are having difficulties, what their strengths are, and how to move forward. I strive to write clear, user-friendly reports that are informative, thorough, and easy to understand. In addition to my private practice, I am adjunct faculty in the clinical psychology doctoral program at UMass-Amherst, I am a fellow of the Massachusetts Psychological Association and have served on the board of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society. I am active in behavioral health advocacy work and have received recognition from the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psychological Association for these efforts on behalf of clients.

FLANNERY GEIER, Psy.D. – Neuropsychology Associate

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in neuropsychology.  I am originally from New Jersey but my studies and training have taken me across the country. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Middlebury College in Vermont in 2007. I went on to earn my doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium in Palo Alto, California in 2014. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio where I specialized in neuropsychology with a focus on memory disorders, posttraumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and cognitive rehabilitation. I then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School where I served a diverse multilingual population from the greater Boston area and gained extensive experience performing evaluations for adults with suspected AD/HD, learning disorders, dementia, and other cognitive disorders. I am a board member of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society (MNS). flannery-geier_photo

At Pioneer Valley Psychological Assessment, I specialize in assessing adolescents and adults — from concerns about attention and learning abilities to concerns about mood, anxiety, or memory changes. I see these assessments as a way to better understand an individual in an empathic yet structured way. I welcome the opportunity to delve into the important elements of a client’s life story in order to evaluate thinking skills and emotional functioning in the context of varied life experiences. By writing accessible, targeted reports and providing therapeutic feedback, my goal is to provide clients with a greater understanding of areas of strength and weakness with an emphasis on realistic and achievable recommendations that address areas of concern and promote emotional and cognitive well-being.

KRISTEN ROBINSON, Psy.D. – Psychological Associate

I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a varied background in education, psychotherapy, and assessment. I am originally from Canada, but now live in North Central Massachusetts. I studied at the undergraduate level at Brock University and Ottawa University, before moving to the US and getting my clinical psychology doctoral training at Antioch University in New Hampshire. I did my internship year at the Devereux Foundation Residential Treatment Center in Rutland, MA and then did a postdoctoral fellowship within an integrated preschool program in Chelmsford, MA. I also did community service in India, helping to train local providers to treat posttraumatic stress disorder in tsunami survivors. I have worked as a teacher, a residential counselor, and a psychotherapist, and have experience with a variety of presenting issues and treatment modalities.

At Pioneer Valley Psychological Assessment, I am informed by these diverse experiences as I focus on testing and evaluation. I help children and families work on some of the most frustrating and daunting challenges of childhood and parenting. I also use assessment to work with individuals of all ages to consider how they can develop a strong sense of self, effective coping skills, and the ability to manage the ups and downs of daily life.

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