Who We Are

The NVLD Project envisions a world where those with social and spatial disabilities, particularly NVLD, can proudly address their differences and learn to live fuller, more satisfying lives.

The NVLD Project is dedicated to raising awareness, building support, and creating helpful solutions for children, adolescents, and adults with Non-Verbal Learning Disability. This goal is accomplished through a variety of programs, including educational workshops, research, and community outreach.

Long term, The NVLD Project seeks to define NVLD and secure an official diagnosis as a valid disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

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Board of Directors:

Laura Lemle, Ph.D. - Founder and Chairperson

Growing up in Manhattan, Laura Lemle attended the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, completed her undergraduate studies at Barnard College and earned her MA and PhD degrees in clinical psychology at Yeshiva University. Laura practiced clinical psychology for nearly 20 years before choosing to enter the real estate business. Today, she runs LC Lemle Real Estate Group, a residential real estate company which owns and manages multi-family dwellings throughout Manhattan.

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Susan Burris - Treasurer

Susan Burris is a banker by training and an experienced real estate professional who prides herself on her keen attention to the needs of her customers. After graduating from New York University with a B.S. degree in Finance and Marketing, she began a career in the financial services industry. The bank that employed her funded the entire cost of her M.B.A., which she earned at NYU while working full time.

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Antoinette J. Lynn, Ph.D. - Secretary

Antoinette J. Lynn, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist /neuropsychologist who has been in private practice for
more than 30 years. Dr. Lynn works with preschool- and school-aged children, adolescents, and adults. She is familiar with and has interacted extensively with both private and public preschools, ongoing schools, boarding schools, and colleges in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state area.

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Bob Cunningham

Bob Cunningham, Ed.M., serves as advisor in residence on learning and attention issues for Understood.org. He is also Head of School at the Robert Louis Stevenson School and Chairman of CDE Career Institute. Bob consults with schools, organizations, and families on matters related to learning and attention issues.

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Staff:

Paula Dennis - Executive Director

With more than 20 years expertise in marketing and communications, Paula joined The NVLD Project in 2013. As Executive Director, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization and works closely with the Founder and staff to grow and expand the Project’s reach and impact.

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Amélie Poojary - Development and Communications Manager

Amélie joined the NVLD Project in 2016 as the Development and Communications Manager for the Project. She is responsible for outreach and communications efforts with donors, partners and the public.

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Advisory Board:

Jessica Broitman, Ph.D.

Jessica Broitman, Ph.D., is the co-author of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities in Children: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice (2011). She is the President emeritus of the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group and was the Executive Director of its Clinic and Training Center for fifteen years. She frequently lectures on Weiss's Control Mastery Theory worldwide. Currently a psychoanalyst in private practice since 1980, she has worked with families who have learning-disabled children for more than 15 years.

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John (Jack) M. Davis, Ph.D.

John (Jack) M. Davis, Ph.D., is the co-author of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities in Children: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice (2011). He is currently a Professor at California State University, East Bay, and Chair of the Educational Psychology Department, where he teaches and supervises. He received his Ph.D. from the U.C. Berkeley School Psychology program and did clinical postdoctoral studies to become a licensed psychologist.

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Abigail Diamond

Abby Diamond is the Director of Academic Support at Trevor Day School. Prior to her current position, she spent 10 years as a learning specialist and the chair of the Learning Center at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. During her time at Fieldston, Abby spearheaded a collaboration between school leaders and administrators and The NVLD Project.

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William Frosch, M.D.

Dr. Frosch was born, brought up, and educated in New York City: its public schools, Columbia College, and the NYU School of Medicine. His psychiatric training was at NYU/Bellevue and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. He remained at NYU for many years and while there served as Assistant Dean of the Medical School, Professor, and Assistant Director of the Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital.

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Eric Greenberg

Eric Greenberg is a leading college advising, test preparation and tutoring expert. Since establishing the Greenberg Educational Group in New York City in 1991, Greenberg and his team have helped many students of all ages achieve their academic goals.

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Meryl Jacobs

Meryl Jacobs is an experienced and skilled businessperson who entered real estate sales after a successful career as a real estate attorney and development executive. Her philanthropic activities include volunteering at both of her sons’ schools, chairing several committees for UJA Federation of New York, and actively supporting The Jed Foundation, which works to promote mental health and prevent suicide among college students.

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Amy Levine

Amy Levine is the Upper School Assistant Director at the Mary McDowell Friends School, a Quaker school for Students with learning disabilities. As an educator who has been working in the field of learning disabilities since 1998, she has worked in both general education and special education settings. She has organized and presented numerous professional development workshops for faculty as well as informational workshops for parents.

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Scientists:

Moira Rynn, M.D. - Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Moira Rynn is the Ruane Professor for the Implementation of Science for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (in Psychiatry) at the College of Physician and Surgeons of Columbia University (CU) and the Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Division at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital at New York Presbyterian and also at New York State Psychiatric Institute.

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Molly Algermissen, Ph.D.

Molly Algermissen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and Clinical Director of the Promise Program at Columbia. Dr. Algermissen is a child and adolescent psychologist and neuropsychologist.

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Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D.

Beatrice Beebe Ph.D. is Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry), College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University; Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute. She directs a basic research lab on 4- and 12-month mother-infant communication, prior to the infant’s development of language.

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Prudence Fisher, Ph.D.

Dr. Prudence Fisher received her Bachelor’s degree (Psychology) from Johns Hopkins University and her M.S. and Ph.D (2001) from Columbia University School of Social Work. Dr. Fisher is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Research Scientist at New York State Psychiatric Institute (Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).

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Amy Margolis, Ph.D.

Amy Margolis is Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC/NYSPI where she is Principal Investigator of the NVLD Neuroimaging Project, a study that examines the neural correlates of Non-Verbal Learning Disability. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Margolis is an expert in assessing and treating children with learning problems and in training postdoctoral fellows to work with these children.

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Rachel Marsh, Ph.D.

Rachel Marsh is an Associate Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC/NYSPI where she directs the Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging Laboratory. Dr. Marsh’s current work focuses on understanding the neurodevelopmental trajectories of disorders and problems that arise during childhood and adolescence.

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Meghan Tomb, Ph.D.

Meghan Tomb is an Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and Associate Clinical Director of the Promise Program at Columbia. Dr. Tomb is a child and adolescent psychologist and neuropsychologist. She specializes in neuropsychological evaluations of children, adolescents, and young adults with learning, language, and developmental disabilities.

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Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA):

Bradley S. Peterson, M.D. - Director, Institute for the Developing Mind

Dr. Bradley Peterson is a Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Southern California, Director of the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and University of Southern California, and Director of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

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