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Kathleen RossKidder, Ph.D.



Experience counts!


I have 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.  I also attend 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, the former Director of LDonline, consultant to the National Institute for Literacy and the GED Testing Service where I worked to develop a national GED state administrator training program on the needs of adults with special education needs. I have 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. I am 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 have over 15 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.




My BA undergraduate liberal arts degree is from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,  with additional graduate work in the U of M Rackham Graduate program in curriculum development.  I earned my Doctorate in Psychology from George Washington University. My dissertation research identified how the Wechsler Intelligence Scales, in combination with other data, benefits diagnosis of ADHD and medication responders.  Each year I 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 understand of what impacts successful and troubled development.


Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • Council of Parents, Attorneys, and Advocates (COPAA)
  • Learning Disabilities of America Association (LDA)
  • Virginia Psychological Association


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.