MEET OUR CLINICAL TEAM
OUR PROVIDERS AT CTPNA
Gary M. Isenberg, Psy.D
FOUNDER & MANAGING PARTNER
Dr. Isenberg is the founder/owner and managing partner of Connecticut Pediatric Neuropsychology Associates. After graduating from the University of Vermont 1990, he worked with adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral challenges in therapeutic school in Boston and at a residential program in New Hampshire. Dr. Isenberg then attended the University of Denver School of Professional Psychology where he studied neuropsychology and evidence-based psychotherapy, receiving his doctorate in 1998. After working as a School Psychologist in Western Massachusetts, he completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in 1999. Following his fellowship, he remained at CCMC for several years as a Staff Neuropsychologist before co-founding Connecticut Pediatric Neuropsychology Associates in 2002.
Katelin Carr, Ph.D.
Dr. Carr grew up in the United Kingdom, and she came to the United States to complete her undergraduate degree at Yale University. After college, she conducted research with Dr. Ami Klin at the Yale Child Study Center, where she was the Donald J. Cohen Fellow in Developmental Social Neuroscience. Dr. Carr received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with concentrations in Child Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology from the University of Connecticut, where her advisor was the renowned neuropsychologist and autism expert, Dr. Deborah Fein. During graduate school, she completed specialty training in the diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as in the treatment of complex trauma in children. Dr. Carr completed her internship with the Greater Hartford Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium. She joined Connecticut Pediatric Neuropsychology Associates in 2014 as a post-doctoral fellow.
Jessica Lord Bean, Ph.D.
Dr. Jessica Lord Bean earned her B.A. in Psychology from Bates College in 1998. After spending two years conducting research at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Lord entered the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Connecticut in 2000, where she specialized in neuropsychology and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Lord did her predoctoral internship at the Florida State University Multidisciplinary Evaluation and Consulting Center, during which time she served as School Psychologist to schools within the panhandle region. After earning her doctorate from UCONN in 2006, Dr. Lord completed her post-doctoral training at the NeuroDevelopment Center in Providence, RI. She then joined CT Pediatric Neuropsychology Associates (CPNA) in December of 2008. Dr. Lord’s particular interests include autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and the neuropsychology of genetic conditions.
Christina Carlone, Ph.D.
Dr. Christina Carlone attended the College of the Holy Cross and earned her B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Biological Psychology. After spending one year conducting research at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Carlone began the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Connecticut where she completed specialized training in neuropsychology and evidence-based treatment for anxiety, depression, and behavioral dysregulation. During graduate school, Dr. Carlone completed a two-year practicum at the Yale Child Study Center where she conducted neuropsychological evaluations and developmental assessments with children with a wide range of presenting concerns. Dr. Carlone completed her predoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where she worked with children with concussion, traumatic brain injury, genetic disorders, and epilepsy across inpatient and outpatient settings.
Lisa B. Namerow, MD
Dr. Namerow is board certified in pediatrics, general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry and has had over 25 years of clinical experience evaluating and treating children with mental health conditions in a variety of settings including inpatient, both medical and psychiatric, emergency room and outpatient. As a result, she has developed an extensive and broad understanding of their needs. Prior to starting medical school, Dr. Namerow taught in a school which specialized in children with behavioral health complexities and during that time, she developed a keen understanding of how important success within a classroom setting is for children. In her outpatient practice, she has always worked to make herself available to school staff given how important it is to both obtain and exchange information on any student with behavioral health struggles.
Francisco Ripepi, MD
Dr. Ripepi is Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr. Ripepi has over 15 years of clinical experience evaluating and treating children, adolescents and young adults with a variety of mental health conditions in outpatient and therapeutic school settings. He has expertise in treating ADHD, Mood disorders, Anxiety disorders, Psychotic Disorders, and Developmental Disorders (including Autism and Intellectual Disabilities).
Dr. Ripepi Graduated from Medical School In Venezuela and came to New York to do his residency in General Psychiatry with Elmhurst Hospital at Mount Sinai, then trained in Child and Adolescent psychiatry at the State University of New York, Down State program at Kings County Hospital. He maintains close contact with other participants in the treatment of his patients and is available for questions outside regular appointments.
Dr. Ripepi is available on a limited basis for medication consultation and management for children who have already undergone either neuropsychological evaluation or psychiatric evaluation here at CTPNA.
Stephanie Bendinske, SLP
SPEECH & LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
Stephanie has been a Speech and Language Pathologist for the past 20 years. She has worked in a variety of settings to include, hospitals, B-3 and schools systems. Stephanie works with a wide range of children with a variety of diagnoses to include, Apraxia, Autism, Feeding Disorders, Articulation and Language Disorders. Stephanie is PROMPT and oral motor trained. This training makes her work with children who have Apraxia and Feeding Disorders even more effective. In addition to her degree as a Speech and Language Pathologist, she is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. The combination of these two specialties helps her to work with a wide range of children. She began working with children with significant speech and speech and language disorders when she was a paraprofessional in a CT preschool program.
Jeff Forman, MSW
Special Education Consultant
Mr. Forman comes to CTPNA with 47 years of experience in public and private special education settings and a wealth of practical knowledge regarding the programming and processes of Special Education in Connecticut. After earning his MSW at Adelphi University in New York, he went on to earn his Sixth Year Certification in Special Education Administration at UConn. He has enjoyed numerous leadership opportunities including 21 years in the Hartford Schools as the Director of Social Work Services and the Senior Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools. He then went on to work as a Bureau Consultant for the State Department of Education where he was responsible for mediations and creating the statewide IEP, the Director of Pupil Services in Windham, and most recently as the Executive Director of the Intensive Education Academy in West Hartford. Mr. Forman has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Connecticut and has enjoyed many professional leadership roles along the way including the President of the Connecticut Association of Special Education Directors and Local Coordinator of Special Olympics in West Hartford. Mr. Forman and his wife have been residents of West Hartford for 41 years and are the proud parents of two daughters; Ali, a Speech and Language Pathologist and Emily, a 38 year old disabled adult.