Dr. Kass is a licensed and nationally certified school psychologist with a broad range of professional and academic experiences with elementary, middle, and high school students. Arriving in northern Virginia in 2004, she has worked in the Fairfax County Public School system—including assessments, consultation, and as a member of the special education eligibility committee at several schools—and in private practice with students on issues contributing to underachievement and learning difficulties, including anxiety and depression. Dr. Kass also has a special interest in coaching and developing organizational and effective study skills tailored to the individual student’s needs. Dr. Kass earned her Ph.D (2002), M.Ed (2000), and B.S. (1996) from Loyola University of Chicago, and is also a certified teacher (upper elementary, middle, and high school). She completed post-graduate work and research for her doctoral dissertation in Greece, on acculturation and social support among students of diverse nationalities and backgrounds, including the International Baccalaureate Honors program. She also studied in Italy and lived in Turkey—experiences that contributed to her understanding of, and approach to, acculturation and assimilation issues. Dr. Kass is married to a Foreign Service officer, with whom she has two young children.
Dr. Kass is now conducting school observations is order to provide insight to parents regarding their child’s functioning in the classroom environment. The observations include feedback and recommendations to the parents. The information gathered in the classroom observation may also be used as input for a behavior intervention plan and accommodations.