Empowering Individuals with Learning Differences to Succeed—Academically, and Beyond!
Morrissey-Compton Educational Center for Diagnostic and Treatment Services for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities TWO LOCATIONS!
MAIN OFFICE: 595 Price Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 322-5910 · Fax (650) 322-7075
Satellite Office: 840 Main St., Suite B2,
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
650-729-3033

Morrissey-Compton Staff Psychologists

Lorretta J. Abbott, Psy.D. Lorretta J. Abbott, Psy.D.
Dr. Abbott completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Southern California in 1995. During her time at USC, she conducted research on the effect of racial bias on cooperation, particularly how individuals from different racial backgrounds respond to helping others from a different background. In 1998, Dr. Abbott earned a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. After earning her Master's degree, Dr. Abbott worked in an underserved community of children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Abbott provided individual, family, play, and group therapy for a variety of problems, such as divorce, traumatic stress, social and emotional issues, and behavioral management.

Dr. Abbott is a recent graduate of the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University where she earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. During her time at Argosy, she worked in both the school environment providing mental health services to children with social, emotional, and behavioral problems. She also led several school groups for children with difficulties related to divorce, anger management, and friendship issues. Dr. Abbott completed in pre-doctoral internship at the Community Institute for Psychotherapy in San Rafael, California where she served disadvantaged children, adolescents, and families with a variety of concerns, including mood and anxiety disorders, relationship difficulties, parenting problems, as well as behavioral and learning difficulties. A main focus of her clinical training has centered on conducting psycho-educational assessments and psychological evaluations for both children and adolescents struggling with learning differences and emotional problems. While at Argosy, Dr. Abbott completed advanced clinical training in psycho-educational assessment and psychological evaluation. She has strong clinical experience providing assessment services to children and adolescents with a variety of learning difficulties, particularly dyslexia and ADHD. In addition, Dr. Abbott completed her dissertation research on the treatment of self-regulation difficulties associated with ADHD using Mentalization Based Therapy.

Dr. Abbott enjoys working with children of all ages and their parents in order to support families with mental health challenges. She is also the mother of two teen-aged daughters.

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Surina Basho, Ph.D. Surina Basho, Ph.D.
Works out of Redwood City office
Director of Research in Learning Differences, Executive Function Psychologist
Dr. Basho has expertise in cognitive neuroscience, executive function, and learning differences. While earning her Ph.D. in Child Development from Tufts University, Dr. Basho worked with renowned executive function expert Dr. Lynn Meltzer, conducting neuropsychological assessments, individualized intervention for students, and research in the classroom. She also co-authored a chapter with Dr. Meltzer in the book, Executive Function in the Classroom: Fostering Strategic Mindsets across the Grades and Content Areas (2010). At Morrissey-Compton, Dr. Basho is currently building a research program around executive function and learning disabilities in children; providing one-on-one individualized educational therapy to students; training teachers and schools in how to integrate executive function into the classroom for all students; and providing educational talks to the parent community.

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Dr. Laura Guthridge Chyou Dr. Laura Guthridge Chyou
Dr. Laura Guthridge Chyou is a Bay Area native and completed her B.S. in Psychology at Santa Clara University. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. During her time at Boston College, Dr. Chyou conducted research on children's peer relationships, particularly how children respond to interpersonal challenges within their friendships and how their response styles affect their social and emotional wellbeing. She also completed research examining the role of friends as bystanders and potential allies in dating violence prevention efforts among college aged adults. Additionally, a central focus of Dr. Chyou's clinical work has centered around understanding best practices in providing mental health services to underserved individuals, families, and communities. Dr. Chyou served as a co-facilitator and member of the Diversity Committee both at Boston College and at the Massachusetts General Hospital Health Center in Charlestown, MA. She also founded and co-chaired a consultation and support group for Spanish speaking clinicians at Boston College. Dr. Chyou completed her predoctoral internship at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and Children's Health Council in Palo Alto, CA. She has strong clinical training and experience in working with children and adolescents experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, and traumatic stress. Dr. Chyou also enjoys working with young children in play therapy and assisting parents and families in supporting youth with mental health challenges. Dr. Chyou studied Spanish in college and throughout her graduate training. She has experience providing therapy and assessment services to Spanish-speaking children and families and is passionate about the importance of increasing the accessibility of mental health treatment to the Spanish-speaking community.

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Patrice Crisostomo, Ph.D. Dr. Patrice Crisostomo, Ph.D.

Dr. Patrice Crisostomo is a licensed clinical psychologist who is passionate about working with children, adolescents, parents, and families. She has extensive experience conducting comprehensive psychological assessments and providing evidence-based treatments for youth and families. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology, with honors. Thereafter, she coordinated a longitudinal research study evaluating treatment outcomes for children with ADHD. She pursued graduate studies at the University of Denver (D.U.), where she completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology. At D.U., her research focused on understanding components of psychotherapy that lead to improvements in the treatment of adolescent depression. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University/Children's Health Council consortium. She sought continued training in comprehensive psychological assessments and evidence-based treatments of anxiety and mood disorders, autism and developmental disabilities, and eating disorders through a postdoctoral fellowship within the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University (APA-accredited). She has previously served as the clinical director of an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents and young adults with moderate to severe mood, anxiety and other comorbid disorders. A California native, she enjoys cooking, hiking, practicing yoga, reading, and traveling.

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Janet Dafoe, Ph.D. Janet Dafoe, Ph.D.
Works out of Redwood City office
Dr. Dafoe completed a B.S. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Child Psychology at Stanford University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford University Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Dafoe then worked at the Children's Health Council from 1985 until 2005. She served as a staff psychologist, a diagnostician on the young child, school-age, and adolescent teams, and conducted complex evaluations of adolescents. Her specialty areas include Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Asperger's Disorder, school-related issues, and special education law for parents, school administrators, teachers, and probation officers. Dr. Dafoe has conducted numerous workshops on ADHD for school administrators, teachers, and probation officers. She is on the Steering Committee of the community Advisory Committee for Special Education in the Palo Alto School District, and leads an ADHD support group for parents of Palo Alto students. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology for 15 years, on the Board of Directors of the Children's Center of the Stanford Community for three years, and is currently President of the Board of Trustees of the Mental Research Institute of Palo Alto. In addition, Dr. Dafoe has been a Girl Scout Leader for 12 years, winning the Outstanding Leader Award for Santa Clara County.

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Will Martinez Will Martinez, Ph.D.
Works out of Redwood City and Half Moon Bay
Dr. Will Martinez completed a dual B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Drew University in New Jersey. He received his M.A. in Forensic Psychology from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a senior college of the City University of New York, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical-Child Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago. While at DePaul, Dr. Martinez conducted cross-cultural research on treatments for depression, traumatic stress, and substance use in ethnic minority children. In addition, his research has focused on how neighborhood environments and cultural factors impact mental health in Latino youth. Dr. Martinez completed the Multicultural Clinical Training Program, an American Psychological Association-accredited predoctoral internship program, through UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital. He has strong clinical training and experience in evidence-based treatments for depression, anxiety, and traumatic stress, including cognitive behavioral therapy. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Martinez also has extensive experience providing psychological and psychoeducational assessments, with a specific emphasis on bilingual (Spanish/English) assessments for Spanish-speaking youth and their families.

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Dr. Sarah Ordaz Dr. Sarah Ordaz

Dr. Sarah Ordaz is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience conducting neuropsychological and socioemotional evaluations of children and adolescents with ADHD, learning disabilities, concussions, and medical problems. In addition, she conducts therapy using research-based treatments including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). Her specialty is in working with depressed adolescents, and she also sees school-aged youth who struggle with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, trauma exposure, ADHD, and oppositional behavior. She works collaboratively with youth and their families to leverage existing strengths so that youth can thrive.

Dr. Ordaz graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Psychology with Distinction, where she researched neuropsychological characteristics associated with ADHD. After teaching middle school, Dr. Ordaz went on to the National Institutes of Health, where she conducted neuropsychological assessments and worked on a research team showing that brain development continues to mature through the teenage years. She then earned a Ph.D. in Clinical and Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she continued to study adolescent brain development, and she was trained in empirically-supported therapies. She continued her clinical training and research as an intern at the University of Washington, then as a postdoctoral fellow, and subsequently as faculty at Stanford University.

Dr. Ordaz is passionate about helping children, adolescents, and families reach their full potential. In her free time, she enjoys biking, swimming, and hiking with her husband and daughter.

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nwager Natalie Poursohrab Wager, Psy.D.
Works out of Redwood City office
Dr. Natalie Poursohrab Wager is a postdoctoral fellow with strong clinical training and experience in neuropsychological assessments, psychoeducational assessments, and evidence-based treatments for children, adolescents, and their families. She has worked within a variety of settings including school based facilities, community mental health, inpatient hospital units, and outpatient hospital clinics. Dr. Wager received her master's in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2012, and earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in 2016. She completed her APA accredited predoctoral internship at Sutter Health's California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department and the Kalmanovitz Child Development Center.

During her time at CPMC, she conducted comprehensive assessments and provided individual, group, and family psychotherapy. She worked with individuals presenting with neurodevelopmental disorders, anxiety disorders, behavioral, social, and learning differences. Prior to internship, she spent two years working at Stanford University's Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research where she conducted neuropsychological assessments for children with genetic disorders such as Turner Syndrome and Klinefelter Syndrome. Dr. Wager has a great interest working with children with anxiety, depression, and neurodevelopmental disabilities including attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder. Her dissertation investigated adolescents with ADHD and how their presentations, inattentive or combined, impacted specific academic functioning.

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Erica Ragan, Ph.D. Erica Ragan, Ph.D.
Works out of Redwood City office
Dr. Erica Ragan earned her B.A. in Psychology with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at the university, Dr. Ragan worked on a research study on child development, the transition to parenthood, and the effects this has on the broader family system. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Denver's Clinical Child Psychology program, where she conducted research and received extensive clinical training in psychosocial assessment as well as evidenced-based therapies for children, teens, families, and couples. She completed her predoctoral internship at Stanford University's Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Children's Health Council. Dr. Ragan completed a two-year APA accredited postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University's Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Mood Disorders and Eating Disorders clinics. She has a strong background in evidence-based treatments for mood and anxiety disorders including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She also has extensive training in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and picky eating. In her spare time, Dr. Ragan enjoys spending time with friends and family, exploring the Bay Area, listening to live music, and going hiking with her dog.

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Heather Taylor, Ph.D. Heather Taylor, Ph.D.
Works out of Redwood City office
Dr. Taylor is a licensed psychologist with extensive experience conducting neuropsychological, psychoeducational, and developmental evaluations. She graduated magna cum laude from U.C. Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts with Highest Honors in Psychology. She completed her Doctoral Degree at UCLA, where she was the recipient of the Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, a highly competitive fellowship awarded to individuals conducting exemplary dissertation research related to education. Dr. Taylor interned in the Child and Adolescent Psychology Track at Bellevue/NYU Child Study Center and completed her training as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Child Psychology at Stanford University, where she worked in the Anxiety and Behavioral Disorders Clinic and the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. Dr. Taylor has a well-rounded clinical background and expertise in a number of empirically validated treatments. Clinical areas of interest include adoption, attention and behavioral disorders, autism, and a variety of anxiety disorders, such as OCD, selective mutism, separation anxiety, and specific phobia. In addition to her work at Morrissey-Compton, Dr. Taylor consults at Stanford Children's Hospital in the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Unit where she provides neurodevelopmental evaluations of infants through school-aged children.

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