ABOUT GEORGIA AUTISM CENTER
The Georgia Autism Center (GAC) is highly committed and eager to assist individuals and families of children or loved ones with an autism spectrum and other related neurodevelopmental disorders to receive proper diagnoses, aid in the development of their individualized treatment plans, enhance independence, and foster the utmost quality of their lives.
Dr. Fox, former proud owner of Georgia Pediatric Psychology, routinely performs evaluations on children as young as 12 months through early adulthood to detect signs of neurocognitive or developmental delays. Dr. Fox also assesses adults with disabilities in need of obtaining home and community-based services. Assessments are performed in order to determine the need for community-based services and financial support that would help increase an individual's independence and quality of life while also helping to reduce some of the financial burden which they or their families endure while providing for their needs.
In addition to the developmental and ASD evaluations provided by Dr. Fox, Dr. Coleman performs psychoeducational evaluations to assess for intellectual deficits, learning disabilities, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As a part of that process, she will also explore any potential for academic-related anxiety, which, in her experience, is often present, to some degree, for many children with learning challenges.
In 2019, Dr. Travers joined Georgia Autism Center to provide comprehensive evaluations for neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders, including ASD and ADHD, to individuals from early childhood through adulthood. Informed by her prior training in therapy and research, Dr. Travers conducts assessments to identify evidence-based interventions, community services, and financial resources that will best support clients and their families.
Dr. Brittany Duncan joined GAC in July 2020. She currently provides psychological evaluations, specializing in psychoeducational evaluations and diagnostic clarification of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also provides supervision for students completing practicum experiences at GAC. Dr. Duncan is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA).
Dr. Amanda Walker joined the GAC family in spring of 2020. Her clinical focus is on the assessment of ASD as well as other common difficulties seen within the pediatric population, including developmental delays, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), emotional disorders, and behavioral issues.
Due to our many combined years in pediatric psychology, the staff and providers at Georgia Autism Center understand the financial impact and emotional challenges associated with raising a child with special needs, or for our young adults, living with unique challenges. This is the reason they are dedicated to helping their clients find a team of trusted professionals and provide ongoing coordination of care to continue to support them as they transition into adulthood. They utilize a collaborative approach that includes bridging the gap between families and other specialists in the community. They also assist with learning about support groups for parents and siblings of children with special needs and believe it is important to stay current on new technologies and therapies as researchers continue to explore new approaches to help individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, especially those diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or some other widely known genetic condition.
The GAC mission is to work with families from diverse cultural backgrounds, abilities, ages, and developmental disabilities to develop a cognitive/ behavioral, family system, and community support plan to enable your child to experience an independent and satisfying quality of life.
DR. FOX' PASSION
Dr. Fox’ primary pediatric psychology specialty focuses on the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as neurocognitive deficits secondary to other acute and chronic medical or genetic conditions.
"I was a school counselor and worked directly with teachers and parents in the special education program, so I saw firsthand what parents experienced as they tried desperately to figure out how they could help their children. It was frustrating and heart wrenching. That's why I chose to specialize in ASD."
Due to Dr. Fox’ experience owning Georgia Pediatric Psychology and working with the pediatric psychology population, she is able to assist families of children with special needs and provide useful feedback regarding special education eligibility criteria and offer educational accommodations that will optimize each child’s learning experience while being served in the least restrictive academic environment.
DR. COLEMAN'S PASSION
Dr. Coleman’s primary specialty focuses on the assessment of learning disabilities, including dyslexia, as well as ADHD and anxiety secondary to academic challenges.
“During my internship and postdoc, I worked within the public school system performing psychoeducational evaluations with elementary and middle school students, who were displaying major learning weaknesses that were significantly affecting the child’s self-confidence. I often found myself stuck with regard to what support and guidance I could provide to families within the school setting, given my specific and limited role. It was during that time, I decided that I wanted to primarily focus on working with families of children with learning weaknesses, so that I could identify specific areas of strength versus weakness, provide answers to why the child is having trouble, and coordinate with parents and teachers in knowing how to best support their children and students.”
Given Dr. Coleman’s experience working with children and their families and her previous experience being a part of the student support team within the public school, she is able to assist families of children with learning challenges in seeking the necessary supports (whether through 504 plan or IEP) to maximize their child’s potential in and outside of the school setting.
DR. TRAVERS' PASSION
Dr. Travers’ strong background in therapy and psychological research informs her assessment approach, as her goal throughout the evaluation process is to identify individualized, empirically-supported interventions to best support each client and their family.
Dr. Travers respects the role of cultural context in understanding mental health concerns and is dedicated to conducting developmentally- and culturally-informed psychological assessment.
DR. DUNCAN'S PASSION
Dr. Duncan has always been interested in working with children, and her interest in pediatric psychology was sparked during her undergraduate training. While at UGA earning her BS in psychology, she worked as a research assistant in an infant research lab. She earned her Master’s of Arts and Doctorate of Psychology degree from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology in 2018. Among many others, she completed practicum experiences at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) in the Neuropsychology department and Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Service, as well as at Marcus Autism Center. During that time, she gained invaluable experience working with medically and neurodevelopmentally complex children. In graduate school, Dr. Duncan further worked as a research interviewer for the Emory Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP).
DR. WALKER'S PASSION
Dr. Walker’s passion for working with and aiding children, adolescents, adults with disabilities, and their families was sparked at a young age and continued to blossom throughout her extensive educational and clinical training experiences. She understands that the assessment stage can be an overwhelming time for many therefore she seeks to instill hope and provide support for children and their families as she aids in treatment planning and assists with coordination of care.
All of these experiences prepared her well for a career working with children and adolescents in a pediatric setting.