Mary Coakley-Welch, PhD
Dr. Coakley-Welch is a Licensed Psychologist and Neuropsychologist with 24 years of experience. She works in private practice in Lexington, MA providing Neuropsychological Evaluations for children (age 6 and up), teenagers, college students, and adults.
She specializes in evaluations that answer questions about strengths and weaknesses in cognitive/thinking skills (such as learning, memory, attention, reasoning, speed, language, spatial skills and other aspects of processing); in academic skills (reading, writing, spelling, and math); and in behavioral, emotional, and social functioning. Her evaluations answer questions about the causes of difficulties or advanced performance in these areas. For example, an evaluation can identify underlying factors disrupting focus, learning, or problem solving. Such factors might include: learning disability; attention disorder; executive functioning weaknesses; being gifted/advanced intellectually or academically, social difficulties; emotional/mood problems: or medical conditions.
Her evaluations focus on identifying the potential and needs of each individual with the goal of generating specific and customized recommendations for educational, clinical, and/or everyday planning. Before establishing her independent private practice in 2004. she provided evaluations and clinical staff consultation at the Hallowell Center, (a multidisciplinary outpatient center specializing in ADHD. Learning Disabilities, and mood disorders); evaluated inpatients on Clinton Hospital's Geropsychiatry Unit; and evaluated inpatients and outpatients at New England Rehabilitation Hospital. She is a member of APA (American Psychological Association); MPA (Massachusetts Psychological Association, and MNS (Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society). Dr. Coakley-Welch is the Past President of MNS (President 2016-2017) serves as the MNS Healthcare Reform Committee Chair. This is her second term on the Board of Directors (member-at-large, 2010-2013).
Dr. Coakley-Welch is a graduate of Smith College. She earned an M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire and earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno campus. She completed her Clinical Psychology Internship at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center/Worcester State Hospital and completed her Neuropsychology Post-doctoral Fellowship at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital.