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Dr. Lidz completed her BA in psychology at the University of Michigan, MA in school psychology at the University of Tennessee, and Psy.D. in school psychology at Rutgers University's Graduate School of Applied Professional Psychology. She completed an APA approved internship in clinical psychology at Children's

Psychiatric Center in Eatontown, NJ, and worked in a number of school districts throughout Monmouth County, NJ for five years before relocating to Philadelphia.

After moving to Pennsylvania, Dr. Lidz was first employed by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit , where she gained further experience with students with physical handicaps, learning disabilities, and emotional disturbance, and where she became coordinator of gifted education. She next moved to Moss Rehabilitation Hospital where she was assigned to two units of patients with amputations and pediatrics. With the latter, she gained intensive experience assessing preschool children under a contract between Moss and the School District of Philadelphia.

Her next array of experiences were with the Hall-Mercer Community Mental Health /Mental Retardation Services, associated with Pennsylvania Hospital. In this venue, in addition to assessing referred children of all ages, she worked closely with the Center's Therapeutic Preschool Program, as well as with the Shared Time program for older children with emotional disorders.

Dr. Lidz then assumed directorship of a new unit under the administration of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Philadelphia and Vicinity to provide regionalized interdisciplinary services for the special needs children in Head Start centers throughout Philadelphia. This eventually was reorganized to include day care centers as well. Following many years with this Clinic Team, Dr. Lidz joined the faculty of the School Psychology Program of Temple University to direct their new early childhood specialization, a special three year federal grant.

After brief work with Research for Better Schools that focused on children transitioning from kindergarten into first grade, Dr. Lidz was invited to create and direct a School Psychology Program for the new graduate school of education and psychology of Touro College in New York City. The graduate programs were built around a common core of cognitive education as primarily influenced by Vygotsky and Feuerstein. While directing this program, Dr. Lidz taught a number of courses, advised all of the school psychology students, supervised all of the master's theses, and completed a number of research projects and publications.

Dr. Lidz then joined Freidman Associates, a private practice in Bala Cynwyd, PA, where she specialized in assessment of children with learning disorders, applying her knowledge base of neuropsychology derived from completion of a certificate from the Fielding Institute.

After forty years of work in a wide variety of settings as a school psychologist, Dr. Lidz retired from practice in 2004, but continues to write, consult, and conduct training workshops in dynamic assessment. She is proud of her completion of a number of articles, chapters, and books related to psychoeducational assessment with particular focus on early childhood and dynamic assessment approaches. She is the principle designer of a number of dynamic assessment procedures (most notably the Application of Cognitive Functions Scale, co-authored with Ruthanne Jepsen) and SmartStart Toolbox, a parent education program adapted for use with internationally adopted children with Dr. Boris Gindis.

Psychological issues of older internationally adopted children: courses and publications
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