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Anna Levy-Warren, PhD

FOUNDER AND SUPERVISOR
 

Born and raised in New York City, Anna attended Bank Street School for Children and the Dalton School. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her PhD in clinical psychology from the City University of New York, where she focused on neurocognitive assessment.

In 2005 she established a network of individuals with advanced degrees in psychology, neuropsychology and education to help students and adults with executive functioning difficulties and other complex learning profiles. The student-centered aspects of this network later came to be known as Organizational Tutors. As the head of the network, Anna works one-on-one with students, serves as matchmaker to connect individuals with the right tutors, and actively supervises and manages the network.  Anna also provides services to adults, teams and business organizations through an affiliated company, Levy-Warren & Saunders LLC.

 

Julia Niego, MS

SUPERVISOR

Julia holds a BA in Behavioral Neuroscience and a MS in Neuroscience and Education from Columbia University/Teacher’s College, the country’s first integrative graduate program to link educational theory with cognitive neuroscience research. In 2007 she co-founded a private preschool in Brooklyn, New York, and spent the next eight years developing and teaching progressive curricula and working school wide as a developmental support specialist. Since 2012 she has worked as an Organizational Tutor and consultant, supporting children in preschool through fourth grade in building executive functions, a growth mindset, and strong academic selves.

Julia will be completing Board Certification in Educational Therapy through University of California, Riverside in 2018. This certification provides advanced understanding of neurocognitive challenges and learning disabilities, including Executive Function Disorder, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, auditory and language processing disorders, and nonverbal learning disorders. As one of a the first wave of Certified Educational Therapists in New York, her training will allow her to implement the newest research and tailored intervention to support students’ success. Her work aims to build bridges between neuropsychological evaluation and highly specialized curriculum, and to develop a common language for tutors, caregivers, and schools.

 
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Elana Smith, MA

SUPERVISOR

Elana has worked as a full-time EF coach and Organizational Tutor in NYC since 2010, providing support for students and young professionals with a variety of emotional, academic, and cognitive challenges; she specializes in working with young adults in transitional periods of life. Holding her MA in TESOL and her BA in English Literature, she will become a board certified Educational Therapist in 2018. Furthermore, she has studied visual art extensively and is a certified Holistic Health Counselor.

Elana has worked with Anna Levy-Warren while coaching and motivating students with complex learning profiles to develop strategies to succeed academically and beyond. She currently supervises tutors working with students in grades 4-8 and works in tandem with her clients to develop individual strategies that make academic and life goals attainable and that serve to increase self-confidence, independence and motivation as well as build on a student’s strengths and gifts while promoting enthusiasm and inspiration.

 
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Ruth Morin, PhD

SUPERVISOR

Originally from Los Angeles, Ruth moved to New York City where she received a degree in theatre and history from New York University, followed by a Masters degree from the City College of New York. Ruth received her PhD in clinical psychology at Columbia University, specializing in neuropsychology. Currently, Ruth is a postdoctoral neuropsychology and research fellow at the San Francisco VA, where her work focuses on the intersection of cognition and depression.

Ruth has worked as an Organizational Tutor since 2015, basing individual learning approaches on the unique neurocognitive strengths of each student, while maintaining strong rapport and building a scaffold for autonomy and mastery. She approaches the supervision of tutors similarly, with creative problem-solving and evidence-based techniques for success.

 
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Sarah Alden, MA, PsyD

SUPERVISOR

Originally from the Boston area, Dr. Sarah Alden attended Wesleyan University, where she received her B.A. and M.A. in psychology. She then spent several years working in the fields of education and clinical research in New York City before completing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University Graduate School in Applied and Professional Psychology, where she received the Cyril Franks Award for her dissertation research relating to gender and sexuality.

Dr. Alden has worked as an EF coach and Organizational Tutor since 2007 focusing on teens, young adults and adults who struggle with executive function deficits, procrastination/avoidance, perfectionism, and other challenges. She also works with caregivers, coaching them in optimal ways to deal with challenges related to children and spouses who have these difficulties. Dr. Alden specializes in working with people who know what they “should do” but often find themselves not doing it and subsequently feeling guilty, anxious and sometimes fraudulent.

 
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Jamie Weiner, LMHC

SUPERVISOR

With a background in arts education and a Master's in Mental Health Counseling, Jamie excels at bringing her creativity to her work as an executive functioning tutor and consultant. Jamie spent the first portion of her post-graduate work as a staff therapist for Brooklyn College's research lab out of Mt. Sinai Hospital, practicing CBT and non-directive supportive therapy with children and adolescents suffering from IBD-related anxiety and depression. Jamie later worked with Anna Levy-Warren, shaping a practice aimed at strengthening executive functioning and fostering academic growth in the context of students who are struggling with a complex combination of social, emotional, behavioral and academic challenges.

Jamie specializes in tailoring unique in-home and at-school behavioral modification systems to the specific needs of each student, while supporting the family and educators in their implementation. As a supervisor, Jamie supports tutors in working collaboratively with caregivers, educators, and mental health professionals to cultivate behavioral strategies that will help students make sustainable change in their home and academic lives.

 
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Bari Hillman, PhD

SUPERVISOR

Bari (Scheckner) Hillman, PhD attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Biological Basis of Behavior, and then went on to receive her PhD in Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and their families in a variety of inpatient, outpatient and home-based settings since 2007 and has worked for Organizational Tutors since 2016.

As an Organizational Tutor, Bari tailors interventions to maximize clients’ progress, awareness of barriers, and sense of self-efficacy. Her strength-based approach highlights students' intrinsic motivations to foster rapport, confidence, independence, and increased understanding of the learning process. Similarly, Bari’s approach to supervision utilizes a problem-solving and team-based approach that supports tutors in working effectively with families, schools, and other supports and maximizes students’ success. 

 
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Erin Weiner, EdM, MA

SUPERVISOR

Erin Weiner specializes in empowering students with needs in literacy and executive functioning to become more confident individuals in their academic and personal lives. She entered into education in 2003 after making an early career change from journalism, enrolling in the NYC Teaching Fellows Program. Thereafter, Erin earned a second masters degree and New York State literacy certification through the Advanced Literacy Program at Bank Street College.

Erin has spent her career teaching students one-on-one and in inclusion, general education and special education classrooms, including teaching middle school at Mary McDowell Friends School, the Quaker school dedicated to educating students with learning disabilities. Currently, Erin coaches adults in meeting students' individualized academic and social-emotional goals so they may access grade-level curriculum. After spending a year and a half living and teaching in Madrid, Spain, Erin now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young children.