Great Lakes Neurobehavioral Center (GLNC) provides comprehensive neuropsychological and psychological assessment, as well as, interventions to assist parents and families to understand a child’s strengths and challenges. At GLNC we offer evidence based psychological and neuropsychological services to develop skills and provide supports for greater success in the lives of children.



Clinicians at the GLNC utilize a multi-layered approach to evaluate the child’s cognitive, neurobehavioral, emotional, and individual skills as they contribute to a better understanding of the child’s functioning.

About Neuropsychology


Pediatric neuropsychology is a specialty concerned with learning and behavior in relation to a child’s brain. A pediatric neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with expertise in how learning and behavior are associated with the development of brain structures
and systems.

Neuropsychological evaluations are conducted to diagnose learning or behavior disorders caused by altered brain function or development. Neuropsychology services at Great Lakes Neurobehavioral Center are available to individuals ages 1 to young adulthood.

Benefits of an Evaluation


Neuropsychological evaluations assist in better understanding a child’s functioning in areas such as memory, attention, perception, coordination, language, and personality. Gaining insight in these areas helps the child’s parents, teachers, therapists, and physicians provide treatments/interventions to meet the child’s unique needs.

Neuropsychology services are recommended when
a child has:

  • Difficulty with learning, attention, memory, or communication
  • Difficulty with behavior, socialization, or emotional control
  • Disease or inborn developmental problem that affects the brain
  • Brain injury from an accident, birth trauma, or prematurity
  • Conditions or complications such as:
    Epilepsy/Seizures, ADHD, Concussion/Brain Injury, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability, Prematurity/Low, Birth Weight, Cancer/Brain Tumors, History of Organ Transplant, Emotional Difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Tic Disorders

What to Expect


The psychologist will meet with the child and caregiver(s). Then the child will spend much of the day with the psychologist completing various evaluation activities, for example, solving puzzles, listening and remembering information, using their hands to construct things or draw pictures, and possibly working on a computer.

Caregivers are a vital part of the assessment team in providing information, history and current concerns. In addition to meeting together, caregivers will be interviewed without the child present on the day of the evaluation. At the conclusion of the evaluation, feedback regarding the evaluation results and diagnostic impressions are provided.

Intervention recommendations are provided to better understand and manage challenging behaviors that impact all aspects of the child’s life. These recommendations may impact medical, educational, or social functioning, and provide links to resources to make informed decisions.


GLNC provides therapy services to address emotional and behavioral issues, as well as psychological aspects of chronic or acute illness, injury and health-related behaviors.

Child and Adolescent Therapy


We provide therapy to children, adolescents, and families to address a variety of emotional and behavioral concerns. GLNC psychologists use research-based treatments to address a variety of concerns, such as:

  • Anxiety Disorders (e.g. Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Phobias, etc.)
  • Mood disorders (e.g. Major Depression, Bipolar Disorder)
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (e.g. Trichotillomania, chronic skin picking,
    severe nail biting, etc.)
  • Tourette’s Disorder

Pediatric Psychology Therapy


We provide therapy to address the psychological aspects of chronic or acute illness, injury, and the promotion of health-related behaviors in children, adolescents, and families. We are focused on addressing the developmental and environmental factors that contribute to the stress of having a medical condition; improving outcomes in children with medical conditions; treating the comorbid behavioral and emotional components of illness and injury; and promoting proper health behaviors. These services focus on issues such as:

  • Adjusting to new diagnosis for medical conditions such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, childhood cancer, renal disease, and others.
  • Developing adherence plans for chronic conditions.
  • Promoting proper health behaviors for conditions such as chronic or recurrent pain, carrying excess weight, enuresis, encopresis, and others.
  • Systematic parent training programs to help parents accept and cope with the diagnosis and care of medically ill children.




Clinical Psychologist and Pediatric Psychologist

Dr. Deling specializes in conducting individualized assessments and therapy with children and adolescents with a range of congenital and acquired conditions.

Dr. Deling is a licensed clinical psychologist and pediatric psychologist. Dr. Deling obtained her Master’s Degree and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Dakota. Dr. Deling received specialized training in pediatric psychology, pediatric neuropsychology, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). She attended internship in Pediatric Psychology and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship to specialize in Pediatric Psychology and Pediatric Neuropsychology with an emphasis on early childhood assessment and intervention at the University of Michigan Health System.

Dr. Deling specializes in conducting individualized assessments with children and adolescents with a range of congenital and acquired conditions including: prematurity, craniosynostosis, prenatal teratogen exposure, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, cardiac conditions, chromosomal abnormalities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disorders (LD), and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In addition, she has experience conducting individualized assessments with children and adolescents with a range of social-emotional, mood, and behavioral issues. Dr. Deling’s philosophy regarding assessment is to understand how each child learns best and to help parents/caregivers to use this information to optimize their child’s functioning. She seeks to work with a child’s team of parents, teachers, doctors, and other providers to help them develop successful programs and interventions across settings. Dr. Deling aims to meet a patient and their family where they are at to develop individualized recommendations with the goal of optimizing a client’s strengths and accommodating or improving areas of challenge.



Clinical Psychologist and Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Franklin is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in lifespan neuropsychology with particular emphasis on psychiatric and developmental concerns.

She enjoys working with children and adults who present with neurological, medical, developmental, and emotional/behavioral concerns. Dr. Franklin completed her undergraduate work, obtained her Master’s of Science, and earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology at the University of Iowa. Both her clinical internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology were completed at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Prior to entering private practice, she worked for Mayo Medical Center and The Alexander Center which was part of Park Nicollet Clinics.

Dr. Franklin approaches neuropsychological assessment through the lens of therapeutic assessment. She strives toward collaboration with parents, therapists, educators, and the client to provide a thorough assessment of the presenting concerns, an informed diagnosis, and practical treatment recommendations. She also is trained in several therapeutic modalities including CBT, DBT, ACT, and PCIT.  Although her therapy caseload is limited, she believes that understanding how treatments works strengthens her ability to facilitate an effective treatment plan for her clients and maintains a small therapy practice.

Rebekah Birmingham



Rebekah is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She obtained her Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary. Rebekah provides individual therapy, diagnostic assessments, and parent coaching in the outpatient clinic to youth and adults ages three and up.

She enjoys working with children and adolescents with concerns including: anxiety, depression, school and peer struggles, ADHD and Autism. Rebekah believes that the family system is an important part of the process of healing, growth, and positive change in behavior and mood for children. She is also passionate about providing support and coaching for parents and caregivers, and assisting families with goals.

Rebekah approaches treatment from both a developmental and behavior modification perspective utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, integrative modalities, skills training and therapy based on Theraplay® principles. Rebekah has facilitated a number of process and skills groups with both youth and adults focusing on ADHD, anxiety, ASD, emotion regulation, mindfulness, activities of daily living and supporting positive parent child relationships. She is also trained in and supportive of integrating Christian faith in the therapeutic process if requested.

Outside of work, Rebekah enjoys practicing yoga and experimenting with recipe testing in the kitchen. She is currently seeking advanced training and certification as a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider via the Mental Health Integrative Medicine Institute.

Carly Alexander


Clinical Psychologist and Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Alexander is a pediatric neuropsychologist who specializes in neuropsychological evaluations and individualized treatment recommendations of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults with a range of medical, neurodevelopmental, and neuropsychiatric conditions.

Her approach to neuropsychology is to integrate knowledge from neuropsychological testing with data from educational and medical records to quantify functional deficits in the context of the central nervous system (i.e., brain) using a developmental framework. More specifically, Dr. Alexander has developed particular interest in early childhood neurodevelopmental evaluations for children with complex medical (e.g., prematurity, early childhood cancers, congenital heart problems, genetic disorders, lysosomal storage diseases) and/or social histories (e.g., international adoption), as well as acquired neurological dysfunction (e.g., brain injury, late effects of cancer treatments, prenatal exposure to toxic substances), and post-infectious encephalopathies. She is also interested in the impact of adverse childhood experiences on neurodevelopment. Dr. Alexander is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology.


  • A. in Psychology, College of Saint Benedict
  • A. in Clinical Psychology, Argosy University, Twin Cities
  • D. in Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology
  • APA approved internship, Child Track, Canvas Health
  • 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology, University of Minnesota, Medical School, Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience
Emma Erickson


Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Erickson provides individualized assessment for children and adolescents with a wide range of conditions that impact learning, behavior, and social-emotional functioning.

Dr. Erickson is a post-doctoral pediatric neuropsychology fellow who is completing advance training in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with neurological, medical, developmental, and emotional/behavioral disorders. Dr. Erickson completed her undergraduate studies at Concordia College (Moorhead, Minnesota), where she studied Psychology and Spanish. She obtained her Master’s Degree and Doctor of Philosophy of Clinical Psychology at the University of South Dakota. Dr. Erickson completed her clinical internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School where she trained in the Pediatric Psychology and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics.

Dr. Erickson is passionate about providing comprehensive neuropsychological assessments to her patients. Dr. Erickson routinely conducts individualized assessment with children and adolescents with a range of congenital and acquired conditions including: autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disability (LD), various medical conditions (e.g., perinatal complications, genetics disorders, concussion/traumatic brain injury), and social-emotional, mood, and behavioral disorders. Assessments provide parents, medical providers, and educators with a clear sense of the child’s strengths and weakness and suggestions for how to ensure their academic, social, and emotional success. Dr. Erickson has a lighthearted and playful style that puts her patients at ease in the assessment setting. She strives to consider each child within the context of their personal history and social environment and emphasizes the importance of empirically-supported interventions when making recommendations for ongoing care. Dr. Erickson believes in celebrating each child’s unique characteristics and in doing so empowers patients to reach their fullest potential.


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If you have any other questions please let us know, it is our goal to work with you across a spectrum to bring your family support.

Pediatric neuropsychology is a specialty concerned with learning and behavior in relation to a child’s brain. A pediatric neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with expertise in how learning and behavior are associated with the development of brain structures and systems.

Neuropsychological evaluations are conducted to diagnose learning or behavior disorders caused by altered brain function or development. Neuropsychology services at Great Lakes Neurobehavioral Center are available to individuals ages 1-18.

Neuropsychological evaluations assist in better understanding a child’s functioning in areas such as memory, attention, perception, coordination, language, and personality. Gaining insight in these areas helps the child’s parents, teachers, therapists, and physicians provide treatments/ interventions that will meet the child’s unique needs. Neuropsychology services are recommended when a child has:

  1. Difficulty with: Learning, attention, behavior, socialization, and emotional control
  2. Disease or inborn developmental problem that affects the brain in some way
  3. A brain injury from an accident, birth trauma, or prematurity

The neuropsychologist will speak to one or both parents as the child begins testing. Since consent or release of information forms may need to be signed, make sure that the person accompanying your child has the legal authority to do this. Step-parents or relatives who do not have legal custody or guardianship cannot give permission for testing or sign legal documents.

Depending on the age of the child and the reason for testing, most neuropsychological testing appointments last either the entire morning or entire afternoon. The neuropsychologist will be able to give you a rough estimate of time involved after discussing your child’s specific needs with you. Time actually taken will depend on your child’s rate of responding as well as your child’s need for breaks.

Most children think that visiting a doctor means they will get a shot. Let them know no shots are given in neuropsychology. Let them know why they are coming in for testing. You can describe it as a lot like school. They will be doing activities that involve listening, remembering, using their hands to construct things or draw pictures, solving puzzles, and possibly working on a computer. Tell them they will be given breaks to use the bathroom, and snacks you bring if they get hungry. Let your child know you will be waiting close by while they work along with the neuropsychologist.


If you are ready to make an appointment or have questions, please contact us today.

Call 952.595.5652