Comprehensive Psychological & Developmental Assessments
Developmental & Educational Psychological Services provides high quality comprehensive assessments to identify psychological and developmental conditions for individuals from early childhood to adulthood.
A specific learning disability is present when there is a significant discrepancy between an individual’s cognitive development and academic development. Accurate identification of a learning disability is essential to support academic development.
An IEE is defined as an evaluation conducted by a qualified examiner who is not employed by the school district. This is essentially a second opinion provided at public expense.
About the DEPS Team
Developmental & Educational Psychological Services provides high quality comprehensive assessments to identify psychological and developmental conditions. Psychological assessment is a valuable tool for exploring issues to determine treatment and access intervention and support. Without accurate identification of a developmental or psychological condition it is difficult to effectively treat symptoms. Get a clear understanding of your child’s psychological or developmental issues in order to get the most effective treatment.
Carol McLean, Ph.D.
Dr. McLean founded Developmental & Educational Psychological Services over 20 years ago in order to provide individuals and their families the best of both clinical and educational psychological services in a private setting. She is committed to providing the highest quality of psychological assessments. She collaborates with schools, psychiatrists, neurologists, pediatricians, surgeons, and other mental health providers to help individuals access the services and interventions needed in order to reach their full potential.
Dr. McLean graduated from Indiana State University in 2001 with a Ph.D. in Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist specializing in psychological assessment from birth throughout the lifespan. She specializes in numerous developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Specific Learning Disabilities. In addition, she specializes in medical clearance evaluations for bariatric patients and pain patients.
Dr. McLean is a member of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. The National Register has stringent requirements for education, internship and experience as a health care professional in order to qualify for membership. Dr. McLean is a member of the American Psychological Association, Arizona Psychological Association and is the former President of the Scottsdale Psychological Society.
Alicia Miller, Psy.D.
Dr. Miller is a Licensed Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in public education. She was a teacher early in her career and has been a practicing school psychologist for the last 12 years. She graduated from Argosy University in 2018 with a Psy.D. in Psychology. She is experienced with the assessment of individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. She has additional training in complex trauma and nutrition. Additionally, she is a parent of a child with a rare genetic disorder. She has a special interest in family support and advocacy because she understands the additional stressors families frequently face. Dr. Miller also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Arizona in the College of Education Disability and Psychoeducational Studies.
Laura Mayrath, M.Ed.
Laura has 20 years experience of expertise in special education. Her passion is working with students, families, and educators to identify and address special learning needs and develop successful educational strategies for students with ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Autism. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and is certified by the Arizona Board of Education in both Elementary and Early Childhood Special Education. Laura has served as an Associate Faculty member at the College of Education at The University of Phoenix for the past 15 years. She is a certified Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule administrator and is currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology.
Meghan Sutherland, Ed.S., NCSP
Meghan is a school psychologist with over ten years experience working in public schools. She has a specialization in autism spectrum disorders and low-incidence disabilities from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she received her graduate degrees in Human Development and School Psychology in 2012. Meghan is a certified administrator of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing Autism Spectrum (MIGDAS), and has significant experience working with students with autism, ADHD, specific learning disabilities, developmental delays, and emotional disabilities. In addition to being a school psychologist, Meghan has a master’s level certification in yoga and yoga therapy (RYT-200, RYT-500). She is in the process of obtaining her speech-language pathology assistant certificate from Northern Arizona University.
Amanda Cowley, Ed.S.
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