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Friday, September 28, 2007


Carlisle School's newest psychologist brings many credentials

Jennifer Lipton is the newest school psychologist at the Carlisle School, covering grades K — 2, an age she says she enjoys very much.

Previous to joining the Carlisle School, Lipton worked for the Children's Evaluation Center in Newton, consulting with area schools. Her educational qualifications include a BA in psychology from Columbia University, an MA in cognitive sciences from MIT, and a PhD and MA in psychology from Harvard University. She completed her post-doctorate work at McLean Hospital.

"She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum as well as children with social, emotional, educational and behavioral issues," according to the web site for the Children's Evaluation Center. (The Center has recently split into two organizations, the Neuropsychology and Education Service for Children and Adolescents and Integrated Center for Child Development.)

Lipton made the transition from private practice at the Children's Evaluation Center to public school, she said, because she wanted to be a part of an educational team at the schools. She chose Carlisle because it is a small community, with strong family support for the schools. Lipton will also be supporting students in grades three and four until new hire David Hall joins the school in October.

Role of school psychologist

This year the Carlisle School has four certified school psychologists for grades K-2 (Lipton), 3-4 (David Hall, who will start in October), and 6-8 (Lori Jackson/Kim Reid who are job sharing). (They are also referred to as guidance counselors.) Lipton, reached by e-mail, explained the role she expects to fulfill:

"A school psychologist is committed to the academic, social, and emotional development of each child. The role of the school psychologist includes providing support for students around academic and learning issues, social issues and friendships, emotional issues, peer pressure, and a wide range of other issues. Another role of the school psychologist is to collaborate with teachers and specialists and provide expertise, consultation, and support around classroom issues, behavioral issues, peer issues, etc. The school psychologist also provides psycho-education, performs evaluations and assessments, conducts counseling and social skills groups, and assists with crisis intervention. Overall, the school psychologist works as part of the entire educational team to help each child learn and grow and achieve his or her fullest potential."

First impressions

Her transition to the school has gone well, Lipton said, but she is still trying to "figure out how things work here." She has spent time in each of the classrooms and is impressed by how supportive and helpful the teachers are. "Everybody is so nice." She said her consulting experience allowed her to observe a variety of methods at schools, and she feels she can bring the best of those ideas to Carlisle.

Lipton was recently married and lives in Marlboro.

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