Jane Holmes Bernstein

Jane Holmes Bernstein, Ph.D. is a Senior Associate in Psychology/Neuropsychology at Children’s Hospital Boston, Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a licensed psychologist provider in Massachusetts. She recently stepped down as director of the Neuropsychology Program at the Children's Hospital and is currently dividing her time between teaching and research responsibilities at the Children’s Hospital and professional work with children in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in the West Indies.

Dr. Bernstein's major professional commitment has been to the development of models of developmental, as opposed to child, neuropsychology, and to the training of clinicians in this area. She has taught widely, in New England, nationally and internationally, on the neuropsychological foundations of learning disorders and the neuropsychological assessment of the developing child, both at professional meetings and in in-service workshops to educators. Her model of assessment is framed within a theoretical matrix that integrates brain, context and development, incorporating a view of the “whole child” behaving under on-line conditions in the real world. Clinically, it emphasizes the importance of a systematic management/intervention strategy as the outcome of the assessment process and recognizes the unique contributions of the neuropsychologist as a member of the child’s larger “treatment team”. Dr Bernstein’s publications focus on the nature and practice of neuropsychological assessment of children and on the use of the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure in assessment. She and her colleague, Dr. Deborah Waber, collaborated on the Developmental Scoring System for the Rey--Osterrieth Complex Figure (published by Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc).

In the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr Bernstein is contributing her expertise in neuropsychology, learning disorders and clinical program administration as a member of a team working to establish the Collaborative Child Development Programme for children with neurodevelopmental and learning disorders based on a multidisciplinary diagnostic clinic model. In addition to this work Dr Bernstein provides services and consultation to two NGOs: the Cotton Tree Foundation—working with disadvantaged but normally developing preschoolers (developmental screening project) and the Immortelle Children’s Centre--working with children with moderate to severe special needs (therapeutic summer camp). Consultation to the School Leadership Centre is also part of her contribution. A significant part of the work in Trinidad is the establishment of a service learning network whereby students from the US and Canada come to Trinidad to contribute time and expertise to the projects, gaining both experience and coursework credit as they provide badly needed services to the local community.

Dr. Bernstein is a graduate of Edinburgh University in Scotland where she received her Ph.D. degree in Linguistics. She worked at the Churchill and Park Hospitals in Oxford, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Aphasia Research Center at the Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center, and subsequently joined the staff of the Children's Hospital Boston. She was a founding member of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society and served on the
Board, and as president, of that organization. She also served on the Board and as president of the Multi-disciplinary Academic of Clinical Education. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Association of Educational Therapists. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, as well as the National Academy of Neuropsychology and Massachusetts Psychological Association, and has been a Faculty Fellow of the Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative of Harvard University. She is a member of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society, the International Neuropsychology Society, the International Mind, Brain and Education Society, and the Society for Research in Child Development.

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