Supervisor of Psychological Services, Belin-Blank Center
Dr. Alissa Doobay received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from The University of Iowa in 2010. She is currently a Licensed Psychologist and Supervisor of Psychological Services at the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at The University of Iowa, where she provides clinical assessment, therapy, and consultation services.
Dr. Doobay’s clinical expertise is in the area of twice-exceptionality (individuals who are high ability or “gifted” and have a disability), particularly students who have autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders.
Twice-exceptional students present a conundrum to parents and educators by demonstrating high cognitive or academic ability, as well as major challenges in some aspects of learning or development. This session will provide an overview of twice-exceptionality, particularly in relation to students with reading disorders, including information on identification, understanding assessment results, and appropriate interventions and accommodations. Attention will be given to recognizing both the students’ talents and their areas of challenge. Case examples will be provided.
While dyslexia is understood to be a reading disorder, the cognitive and psychological impact is far broader. Students with dyslexia may also experience challenges with executive functioning, such as problems with working memory, processing speed, and organization. Further, the experience of a learning disorder can contribute to anxiety or reduced self-esteem. In addition to identifying common comorbid correlates with dyslexia, this session will include practical information on recognizing and addressing these challenges in the academic environment.