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.


Dr Chris Boys


Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Boys received his MA in clinical psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota.

He went on to specialize in pediatric neuropsychology with an internship and postdoctoral fellowship from the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Boys has been in practice since 2004 and has most recently held positions as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, the Director of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience, and the Director of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders programs in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

He is the clinical director of pediatric neuropsychology services and training director of the postdoctoral fellowship residency program at Great Lakes Neurobehavioral Center. He serves on the Medical Advisory Board for Proof Alliance advocating for children with prenatal substance exposures.

Dr. Boys’ clinical experience features an emphasis on pediatric populations with a variety of congenital and acquired neurodevelopmental disorders including concussion/acquired brain injury, disorders associated with newborn metabolic screening, prematurity/low birth weight, prenatal substance exposure/FASD, ADHD, seizure disorders, learning disabilities, and mood difficulties.

Emma Erickson


Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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 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 weaknesses 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.

Dr. Erickson is a pediatric neuropsychologist who completed advanced 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 clinilinical internship at the University of Minnesota Medical School where she trained in the Pediatric Psychology and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics.

Dr Erik de Water


Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. de Water is a pediatric neuropsychologist and licensed psychologist.

He specializes in neuropsychological assessments of children and adolescents with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, autism spectrum disorders, other neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders), mood and anxiety disorders, trauma- and stressor-related disorders, prenatal exposure to substances and environmental toxicants (e.g., lead), genetic disorders, prematurity, and those at-risk for psychosis.

Dr. de Water is originally from the Netherlands, where he received a MS in Clinical Neuropsychology and MS in Developmental Psychology from Leiden University, and a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Radboud University. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in Public Health at Mount Sinai in New York, during which he investigated how prenatal exposure to environmental toxicants (e.g., metals, flame retardants, plasticizers) is associated with children’s behavior and brain development. He further completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the University of Minnesota Medical School, in the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He worked as a pediatric neuropsychologist at Proof Alliance and Fraser Child & Family Center before joining Great Lakes Neurobehavioral Center.

Shannon Hart, ED.S., NCSP


Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Ness earned her M.A. degree in clinical psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato and her Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She completed training in severe problem behavior and pediatric feeding disorders as part of her postdoctoral work at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

Throughout her education and training, Dr. Ness has focused on behavioral approaches to assessment and treatment, with particular specialization in children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities, ADHD, and behavioral disorders. She has nearly a decade of experience serving children and families in a variety of settings including schools, outpatient clinics, and intensive day treatment programs.

Dr. Ness currently provides psychological assessments for individuals with Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and behavioral disorders. She also provides outpatient psychotherapy services for children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, and challenging behaviors. She uses behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and solutions-focused approaches to treatment. Dr. Ness is dedicated to working with individuals to promote adaptive and social functioning and collaborating with caregivers to develop the knowledge and skills to address developmental, social, and behavioral needs of their children effectively and independently.

Shannon Hart, ED.S., NCSP


Educational Psychologist/Autism Consultant

Shannon is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist who specializes in evaluation of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders, learning disabilities, and concerns with emotional or behavioral functioning.

Shannon holds Master of Science and Education Specialist degrees in School Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. She has completed advanced training in the evaluation and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders with leaders in the field at the University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center and the Florida State University Autism Institute. Shannon has been trained at a research reliable level of autism assessment, which is the highest level of certification. She is passionate about early identification and intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Shannon’s clinical work has focused on providing evaluations for children that lead to meaningful interventions and recommendations for parents and schools. She works directly with families and school teams in order to identify effective accommodations and learning strategies based on a child’s individual strengths and weaknesses. Shannon has worked with several school districts and early intervention programs in the Twin Cities metro area and is knowledgeable about research-based interventions that lead to improvements in learning and behavior.

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.

Bria Garner, MA,-LMFT-Therapist


Kaitlyn Kaus, MA,LPC


Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Kaus received her M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology and completed her educational doctorate (EdD) at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She will be completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Great Lakes Neurobehavioral Center working towards her credentialing as a Licensed Psychologist.

During her graduate work, Dr. Kaus completed practicum training at the University of Minnesota in the Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience and has worked extensively with children who have been diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and/or adoption. Her assessment populations include preschool and school aged children, as well as adolescents and young adults. Dr. Kaus has particular interest in assisting individuals who experience core academic difficulties, attention/deficit hyperactivity disorder, and emotional/behavioral issues such as anxiety and depression.

Dr. Kaus also has gained valuable experience teaching graduate students at Minnesota State University-Mankato in the areas of child and adolescent psychopathology, counseling skills, family and group counseling, and cognitive/intellectual assessment.

Olivia Kessler-Psychometrist


Tracy Max-Clinic-Manager


Office Manager


We are always looking for highly qualified people to join our team. Learn more about our current opportunities.

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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 or Email info@glncenter.com