DEVELOPMENTAL & NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING
Tanya Y. Banda, PhD (she/her)
Dr. Tanya Banda is a bilingual (Spanish) Licensed Psychologist with specialization in the assessment and diagnosis of young children, adolescents, and adults. Throughout her training, she has worked in both schools and outpatient settings, and has also worked collaboratively with Head Start and other preschool programs to provide mental health consultation. Dr. Banda provides comprehensive assessments for autism, developmental delays, ADHD, learning disabilities, and mood disorders. She also has experience in the assessment of children in the foster system, focusing on the impact of stress and trauma on child development.
Dr. Banda tailors assessments to each individual’s needs and concerns, and develops assessment batteries that can guide further psychological, psychiatric, and/or educational intervention. Following assessments, Dr. Banda will continue to work with families who are in need of ongoing support to understand results of the evaluation or to follow through with recommendations. In addition to assessment, Dr. Banda enjoys working with families to provide developmental guidance to improve the parent-child relationship and address common behavioral concerns in early childhood. Dr. Banda’s treatment approach is based on attachment theory and the benefits of positive parenting. Her goal is to help families learn how to guide children in developing emotional and behavioral regulation while strengthening familial relationships.
She obtained her doctoral degree in School Psychology from Texas A&M University and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in infant and early childhood mental health at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Lea LaPointe, PsyD (she/her)
Dr. Lea LaPointe is a Licensed Psychologist with specialization in the assessment and diagnosis of teens and adults. Dr. LaPointe provides psychological evaluations for questions related to autism, ADHD, mood, personality, intellectual functioning, and learning disorders.
Dr. LaPointe believes in thorough and comprehensive evaluations meaning all available information will be considered. She does not rely solely on test scores or results without integrating relevant information from other sources. Dr. LaPointe views the evaluation process as collaborative and enjoys working together with clients to help them find the missing piece of the puzzle. She approaches all evaluations from an individualized and strengths-based perspective, honoring diversity in all forms. Her ultimate goal is to provide her clients with clarity, direction,
and personalized recommendations to help them achieve success.
Dr. LaPointe obtained her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Arizona School of
Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix.
Stephanie A. Fox, PhD (she/her)
Stephanie Fox, PhD is a licensed psychologist with expertise in diagnostic assessment and treatment of a broad range of developmental and behavioral presentations across the lifespan. Dr. Fox has over ten years of experience working therapeutically with children and families.
Dr. Fox specializes in complex differential diagnosis of intellectual/developmental disabilities and mood disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, learning disability, and ADHD. She has advanced training in administration, scoring, and interpretation of gold standard assessments (including the ADOS-2) to support accurate diagnosis. Dr. Fox takes a thoughtful and client-centered approach to assessment. She conducts comprehensive intake interviews with individuals and caregivers, carefully chooses assessment batteries for each client, provides thorough interpretations of test results, and offers individualized recommendations to enhance functioning.
Dr. Fox also implements a variety evidence-based treatment modalities to reduce distress and improve mental wellness for her clients and their families. She takes the time to build strong therapeutic relationships to optimize treatment effectiveness. Dr. Fox has training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). Dr. Fox believes in working with the family system to support individual well-being, parent empowerment, and overall quality of life. She has a particular passion for helping caregivers navigate the fulfilling yet challenging role of parenthood.
Dr. Fox graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010 and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY) in 2017. Before returning to Pittsburgh in 2022, Dr. Fox was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. She has since served as a licensed psychologist at UPMC’s Whole Child Wellness Clinic and Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders (CADD).