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Kathleen Kidder, Ph.D.

Experience counts!  Dr. Kidder has over 30 years extensive experience in the field of special education. She s a licensed clinical and school psychologist in the state of Virginia.  As a national trainer on the needs of student with specific learning disabilities developed a national training model for GED state directors of special education on the needs of students with disabilities and following development grant funding she developed a trainer the trainer model to work with adults with disability, matching skills to disability profile for optimal transition planning.

Dr, Kidder also over 30 years experience as a psychologist in private practice and as a special education advocate reviewing current assessments, IEP's, placements and FBA's.  Dr. Kidder also attends child study, eligibility and IEP school meetings to help advocate on behalf of children with special education needs. In addition to being a faculty member of the Department of Psychology of George Washington University for over 30 years and other universities teaching both on campus and online virtually using Blackboard, the former Director of LDonline, consultant to the National Institute for Literacy and the GED Testing Service where she worked to develop a national GED state administrator training program on the needs of adults with special education needs. She has presented at national conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of understanding learning disabilities, ADHD, and providing accommodations to students and adults with disabilities. She is also a former high school, middle school and preschool teacher, a model teacher at the University of Michigan Laboratory School, former school psychologist in Fairfax County, VA and has over 10 years experience working for psychiatrists specializing in child and adolescent psychiatry as well as experience as a psychologist in a residential treatment program for children of neglect, physical and sexual abuse.


  • BA. University of Michigan Ann Arbor, additional credit hours beyond BA to obtain teaching certificate
  • Rackham Graudate School of Education, Ann Arbor Curriculum development
  • George Mason University, Fairfax, Va, MA both clinical and experimental programs completed. Master's research: Stimulus familiarization (latent inhibition) in children.
  • Ph.D. George Washington University, Dissertation:  Factorial analysis of WISC subtest scores as predictors of ADHD medication responders.
  • Additional training:  Each year Dr,. Kidder also attend many training seminars both as a licensed school psychologist and licensed clinical psychologist to keep up with current research and methods in the fields of education and mental health.  Additionally, as a Department of Psychology faculty member for over 25 years teaching courses in infant, child and adolescents development, abnormal psychology, perception and learning, psychological assessment, and theories of personality development I maintain a vast professional understanding of what impacts successful and troubled development.

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • National Association of School Psychologist
  • Council of Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates (COPAA)
  • Learning Disabilities of America Association (LDA)
  • Virginia Association of Clinical Psyhologists

Thank you Culpeper, Virginia for voting me best psychologist three years in a row. 


Disclaimer: I am not an attorney.  I strive to provide accurate and current information on this Website, blog, and within the newsletters. This information should not be construed as legal advice.  As a psychologist and an advocate I can help you work to obtain needed services within the educational maze, advocate on behalf of your child, help you know how to file complaints and requests for a due process hearing.  I cannot, however, represent you as an attorney. If legal services are needed I will help you by referring you to lawyers who specialize in helping parents and students with special education or other educational needs.  An excellent source for such lawyers in your area is the COPAA Website.   For difference between services provided by special education advocate and special education lawyer. as wll as other information related to needs of students with disabilities visit www.understood.org.