Licensed Psychologist

About Us

Lou Eckart, Ph.D.

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I am a licensed psychologist and health care provider.  I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 1988 and have been licensed in Massachusetts since 1989.   I have been a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1990.

While in Cincinnati, I completed internships in pediatric psychology, and neuropsychological assessment of children, at the Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and at the Children’s Psychiatric Center.  I also received pre-doctoral training in adult neuropsychology at University Hospital and worked as an assistant to a neuropsychologist at the Veteran’s Administration hospital.

In Boston, I completed an internship in pediatric psychology at Franciscan Children’s Hospital, with an emphasis on providing evaluations and treatment for children with developmental disabilities and neurological impairment.

I worked with the Neonatal Neurology Program at Children’s Hospital in Boston, providing developmental evaluations of infants and toddlers.  While there, I was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School from 2001 through 2003.

My experience includes working as a child and family therapist in a community health center in Boston (Neponset Health Center).  I have also worked closely for many years with the evaluation teams of  several Massachusetts public school districts, helping children to get the appropriate special educational services.   I also work with agencies which provide services to adults with disabilities, such as the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC).

Because I have worked in diverse settings including hospitals, community health centers, and schools, I have experience in serving people of all ages, with a range of developmental needs.

Deborah L. Abber, PhD

Abber photo Dr. Abber is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University in 2001. As a graduate student, Dr. Abber received specialized training in neuropsychology and the assessment of children in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral clinical training at South Shore Mental Health, a community mental health clinic, where she specialized in working with children and adolescents in individual and family therapy, crisis intervention, and psychological assessment. Dr. Abber completed three years of post-doctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology at the Learning Lab at Lesley University.

She is a former evaluator for Lighthouse School, Inc., a private special education school for children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral difficulties that have a wide range of complex diagnostic profiles including developmental, neurological, medical, and genetic conditions, learning disabilities, and psychiatric diagnoses. Before joining Dr. Eckart and Associates, Dr. Abber worked as a consultant to area schools, hospitals, and private agencies providing evaluation services, academic and IEP recommendations, and clinical supervision.

Dr. Abber’s expertise is in the neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment of children and adolescents with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, neurocognitive processing deficits (auditory processing, visual processing, memory, executive functioning), Learning Disorders (reading, writing, math), Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, and social, emotional, and behavioral concerns. She has worked with students in various school settings (public, private, special education, and charter schools) and has expertise in evaluating the broad range of developmental, cognitive, learning, social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties that can interfere with learning in the classroom and overall school success.

Dr. Abber specializes in the following assessments:

Neuropsychological Evaluations of children and adolescents (ages 5-22 years)
Educational/Academic Evaluations
Learning Evaluations and Assessment of Intellectual Functioning and Giftedness
Functional Behavioral Assessments


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