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