Kathleen Ross-Kidder, Ph.D.

Experience counts!

  • 30 years faculty Department of Psychology George Washington University (retired);
  • Adjunct faculty George Mason University; University of Mary Washington; and Georgetown University, Departments of Psychology and Marymount University Department of Education.
  • Director of LDOnline ( WETA Washington, DC page development; content, monthly newsletter, and grant writing related to specific learning disabilities
  • Development of national training program for GED Testing Service training state directors adult education on needs of individuals with disability and delivering a national professional development program resulting in significant positive increase in number of GED applicants with disabilities achieving success.
  • Wrote funded National Institute for Literacy (NIFL) grant application and delivered professional development, related train-the-trainer model of disability awareness to vocational counselors across US
  • Psychologist in residential program for emotionally disturbed children due to physical and sexual abuse;
  • Psychologist completing all psycho/educational assessments for psychiatric practice specializing in children and adolescents;
  • School psychologist Fairfax County, Virginia;
  • Model middle school French teacher and student teacher supervisor, University of Michigan Laboratory School, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Classroom teacher high school, middle school and preschool: French, American History and Civics;

Supervised training :

  • Fairfax County, Virginia Public Schools, School Psychologist, Jean Howery, MA;
  • Clinical supervision, Ruth Gross, Ph.D. former psychologist VA Administration; Hospitals focus on neurological assessment related to traumatic experience and injury.
  • Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, Department of Psychiatry, Clinical supervision, Amy Livinggood Ph.D;
  • Student teaching, Ann Arbor Michigan, Ann Arbor Middle School;
  • Supervised teaching for tenure Milan Michigan High School, Milan Michigan;

Education and supervised training

  • Current : University of Virginia, Curry School of Education graduate courses: Transition Planning; Problems in Special Education with focus on RTI; Special Education Assessment, Characteristics of students with ID; IEP and Transition Planning..
  • Past : Graduate Studies
    • Rackham Graduate 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.
  • Undergraduate University of Michigan Ann Arbor with additional credit hours beyond BA to obtain teaching certificate
  • Additional training: Each year Dr,.Ross-Kidder also attends many training seminars to keep up with current research and methods in the fields of education and mental health. Additionally, as a Department of Psychology faculty member teaching courses in infant, child and adolescent development, abnormal psychology, perception and learning, psychological assessment, and theories of personality development she maintains a vast professional understanding of what impacts successful and troubled development.

    Licensure in Virginia

    • School Psychologist 0803000074
    • Clinical Psychologist 0810004382

    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 Psychologists

    Disclaimer : Dr. Ross-Kidder is not an attorney . Every effort is made to provide valid, 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 Dr. RK 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. DR. RK, 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