Leonard V. Pisano, Ph.D

Full Bio

Dr. Leonard V. Pisano has over 30 years experience as a School Psychologist offering psychological services to both general and special education students from elementary to high school settings. Psychological Evaluations reflect a full range of referral issues for both children and adults. Student evaluations include Psycho-educational and School Neuropsychological assessments addressing learning, behavioral and social-emotional issues.  A working knowledge of brain and behavior relationships, neuroscience and brain-based learning are integral parts of the evaluation and recommendations. The goal is to develop a neurocognitive student profile, including a process oriented-approach that looks at the student’s strengths, weaknesses, how information is utilized and the impact of learning environments. Understanding this profile can result in identifying underlying causes of problems, generating well designed strategies and interventions affecting positive change across school, home and community settings. Related expertise includes School Program and IEP development, Child Study Team input, Psychodiagnostic / Second Opinion / College Accommodations evaluations, parent support and advocating for students with learning differences.

In addition, Dr. Pisano offers short-term therapeutic interventions which reflect cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness and goal-setting techniques dealing with adjustment problems and coping strategies. Dr. Pisano’s client base includes children through adults addressing home, school (through college), community and work-related problems. Clinical interview, detailed developmental / educational history, comprehensive evaluations, and differential diagnosis considerations are an integral part of treatment plans and strategies.

Supplemental Information:

School Neuropsychology evaluations can answer key questions about why students are experiencing learning/ adjustment problems and contribute greatly to better targeted strategies and recommendations. Comprehensive evaluations assess diverse functions, such as:

  • Sensorimotor functions – how information from visual, auditory and tactile modalities is received. Also includes fine and gross motor abilities.
  • Attentional processes – looks at different forms of attention, such as focused, shifting, sustained, and divided. Examines how one successfully attends to auditory, visual or a combination of auditory and visual information.
  • Visual-spatial processes – examines visual perceptual abilities and visual organization.
  • Learning and memory – looks at what modalities are stronger for learning and how does one input, process, store and retrieve information from memory. How efficient are immediate, delayed and recognition abilities across visual and verbal areas?
  • Language processing – looks at receptive, expressive and auditory processing of language.
  • Executive functions – relate to cognitive areas of understanding concepts, problem-solving, multitasking, reasoning, planning, inhibition, control and motivation.
  • Speed and efficiency of processing information – relates to cognitive efficiency, processing speed and cognitive fluency.
  • Academic achievement – refers to broad academic skills, reading comprehension, written expression, mathematics reasoning, oral expression and listening comprehension.
  • General intellectual functioning – overall cognitive abilities and potential.
  • Social-emotional functioning – examines behavior, social functioning and adjustment.