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Andrea Victor, Ph.D.

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Dr. Victor is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder of the Chicago Neurodevelopmental Center. She received her doctoral training at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Psychology. Dr. Victor then completed her pre-doctoral internship in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Prior to founding the Chicago Neurodevelopmental Center, Dr. Victor worked as a psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Dr. Victor developed expertise in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) while training and working at the University of MN. She currently specializes in using CBT to treat anxiety disorders. Dr. Victor also does therapy with children and adolescents who have mood and behavioral difficulties.

After working at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Victor was on faculty at Rush University Medical Center and worked as a staff psychologist at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center. She specializes in conducting thorough psychological and psychoeducational assessments of youth with various neurodevelopmental difficulties including developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disability, social-emotional challenges, mood and anxiety symptoms, and behavioral problems. Dr. Victor is also familiar with the school systems and works to help increase understanding of students and ensure they receive appropriate services to increase their success within the classroom.

In addition to Dr. Victor’s years of clinical work, she has published numerous research articles and chapters and presented to local and national audiences on her expertise in child development and anxiety.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Victor, she can be reached at 847-272-2484 or avictor@chicagoneuro.org.

Rachel Tercek, Ph.D.

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Dr. Tercek is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder of the Chicago Neurodevelopmental Center (CNC). Dr. Tercek received her Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. She obtained her Master’s Degree and Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. During her graduate studies, Dr. Tercek received specialized training in both neuropsychological assessment and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). She attended residency in Child & Adolescent Psychology at Rush University Medical Center and completed a post-doctoral fellowship to further specialize in Neurodevelopmental Assessment.

During her residency and fellowship at Rush, Dr. Tercek developed expertise in neurodevelopment, including work conducting assessments on at-risk infants in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as well as evaluations of children and adults with a wide range of medical issues. Following her fellowship, Dr. Tercek obtained a faculty appointment at Rush University Medical Center through her work as a staff psychologist at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center (RNBC).

Dr. Tercek specializes in conducting individualized assessments of children and adolescents who display neurodevelopmental difficulties including: developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disorder (LD), and social-emotional, mood and behavioral issues. Dr. Tercek’s philosophy regarding testing underscores the need to understand each individual child’s strengths and areas to improve. Consequently, Dr. Tercek works in tandem with parents and school systems to help ensure that children and adolescents receive appropriate programs to increase their success both at home and within the classroom.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Tercek, she can be reached at 847-272-2484 or rtercek@chicagoneuro.org.

Anne Howard, Ph.D., NCSP

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Dr. Howard is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder of the Chicago Neurodevelopmental Center. She is also state- and nationally-certified as a school psychologist. She received her doctoral training at Illinois State University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at The Milton Hershey School, the largest residential school in the world. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in academic community leadership at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Prior to CNC, Dr. Howard held a faculty appointment at Rush University Medical Center where she was a staff psychologist and served as acting clinic director of Rush NeuroBehavioral Center. Dr. Howard specializes in conducting comprehensive neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments of children and adolescents with neurobehavioral difficulties including attention disorders, autism spectrum disorders, mood and anxiety disorders.

Having dual credentials in clinical and school psychology, Dr. Howard specializes in learning disorders and can assist parents in navigating important school-based decisions when social-emotional challenges and academic issues arise. She is well versed in educational law, Response to Intervention (RTI), IEP/504 planning, and can serve as an independent evaluator for public and private school students. She also conducts Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for children with anxiety or mood difficulties. Dr. Howard has published and presented both locally and nationally on her research and expertise in the areas of peer relations, social-emotional support in the classroom, and ADHD.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Howard, she can be reached at 847-272-2484 or ahoward@chicagoneuro.org.

Barbara Smiley Sherman, Ed.D.

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As Director of Education Services, Dr. Sherman is a licensed Learning Specialist/ Education Administrator. She received her doctorate from National Louis University in 2015. Her Masters Degree in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston, certifies her to work with students who are challenged by learning differences and emotional difficulties k-12. Dr. Sherman specializes in working with children and adolescents who struggle with executive functioning skills, in combination with learning disabilities, ADHD, and emotional difficulties. She conducts parent and faculty workshops on topics such as executive functioning, learning differences, attention difficulties, differentiated instruction, multicultural education and building inclusive school communities.

Prior to joining Chicago Neurodevelopmental Center, Dr. Sherman held positions of Learning Specialist at McLean Hospital Adolescent Psychiatric Unit in Belmont, MA, Director of Education at Old Orchard Psychiatric Hospital, and Learning Specialist at North Shore Country Day School. At North Shore Country Day School, Dr. Sherman was the Department Chair of Learning Specialists and Dean of Students. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at National Louis University in the graduate school program within the Department of Special Education.

Dr. Sherman conducts workshops for administrators, faculty and parents on topics of Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit – Hyperactivity Disorder, Executive Functioning, Differentiated Instruction and Teaching with a Growth Mindset.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Sherman, call 847-272-2484 or email bsherman@chicagoneuro.org.