Joanne Profile

Dr. Joanne Max is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in clinical neuropsychology. She has been in private practice in the Atlanta area since 1981. She provides individual and family therapy, with expertise in neuropsychological diagnostic assessment of children, adolescents and adults with medical, psychological, attention (ADHD), processing or learning differences. She has had extensive experience evaluating both traditional and non-traditional learners, assisted with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and application for accommodations for academic or standardized testing, including the SAT, ACT, MCAT, GRE, LSAT, GMAT, CPA, Medical Board and State Bar Examinations. In doing so, she discovered a gift and passion for helping high school students and families navigate the college search and application process, to find the best college fit with less stress and more success. She is particularly adept at identifying the nuances and individual needs of each student. Dr. Max helps the student and family understand how they learn best in order to succeed in primary and secondary school and to transition successfully to college.

Dr. Max is pleased to announce that she is now focusing her practice on individual therapy and educational and college planning and consulting. With her clinical skills and proficiency in neuropsychological assessment, she brings a unique combination of specialized abilities to help students who may need assistance with anxiety/stress management, or with the time management, planning, organization and problem-solving skills necessary to manage the application process. Additionally, she is acutely sensitive to the parent/child dynamics that may surface during this journey. She recognizes that with guidance, support, direction and encouragement, students and parents can enjoy and smoothly navigate this exciting and rewarding adventure.

Given her expertise in neuropsychological diagnostic testing, and her decades of experience evaluating and treating individuals with varying academic, therapeutic or interpersonal needs, including students with ADHD, learning disabilities, mental health or medical needs who may qualify for accommodations on standardized testing, she brings this synthesis of skills and talents to families of high school students. This can include reviewing a student’s current psychological, neuropsychological or psycho-educational evaluation to help discern what path a student might consider to maximize his or her potential, or what additional testing might be indicated to address this question. She is a member of several state and national professional organizations, including the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), International Neuropsychological Society (INS), American Psychological Association (APA), Georgia Psychological Association (GPA), the Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA) and the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA).

Dr. Max graduated with honors from Vassar College with a double major in psychology and biopsychology. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D., graduating with honors from the University of Florida. She completed the IECA Summer Training Institute. She has held several positions in the Georgia Psychological Association and was appointed to serve on three committees of the State Bar of Georgia.

Dr. Max works collaboratively with physicians, psychologists, attorneys, educators, therapists and allied health professionals in evaluating the needs of their clients. Dr. Max maintains an individual and family therapy practice, provides consultation services and independent medical/neuropsychological evaluation review. For more information on educational and college planning and consulting services, please go to her additional website:
www.yourcollegedirection.com

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