Psychologist Shira Gottlieb
Featured Professional Series: The second Monday of every month, we feature one of our favorite educational consultants, psychologists, or professionals in a related field. We ask everybody the same five questions, designed to show you why we like them and to help you decide whether they’re a good fit for your needs.I f you like the idea of a psychologist who was born to be a psychologist, try Dr. Shira Gottlieb of Gottlieb Child Psych. She’s from a family of psychologists and has a unique approach to testing that includes built-in follow-up.
How did you get into this field?
I first considered being a clinical psychologist during the spring of my freshman year of college. I pursued research opportunities while at Harvard and clinical experience at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts (just outside of Boston). These academic and early career experiences solidified my interest in the field and provided me a sense of direction for my future work.
What do you love about the work?
I enjoy working with a range of children and adolescents at various stages of development (typically ages 5 to 18). I love working with children/teens and their families during pivotal times, when mental health is so important and impactful. This variety keeps the work engaging, unique, and meaningful.
Why do people hire you?
Parents seek my services for neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations, consultation, and therapy for their children and/or teens. My testing practice is unique in that I incorporate school observations and interdisciplinary follow-up meetings to help families take the findings and recommendations from testing and put them to use for their child.
How do you feel about study skills?
Study skills are an underappreciated yet very important skill for students and key to long term academic success. Teens are often not prepared for the demands of middle school, high school, and beyond, despite having strong cognitive ability and good intentions. Developing study skills can help students at a variety of levels achieve their potential, while also developing greater self-confidence and a stronger sense of self-efficacy.
What is your favorite piece of advice to give students?
The skills you learn in school go beyond the specific content area. Learning study skills and time-management are life-long skills that will help you no matter how old you are, while reducing stress and developing greater independence.