Founder of the Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center
Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist
Dr. Laura Rubin is a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and founder of the Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology and English with High Honors from the University of Michigan. Dr. Rubin worked as a consultant for Anderson Consulting in Boston, Massachusetts, prior to attending graduate school. She received her Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology at Loyola University of Chicago. Dr. Rubin subsequently completed an APA-accredited internship with a concentration in clinical neuropsychology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Following this, she attended a post-doctoral fellowship at the New York University Medical Center. She received specialized training in developmental pediatric neuropsychology assessment.
Dr. Rubin has extensive experience providing neuropsychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and adults. She has expertise in evaluating individuals with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disorders, medical concerns, and social-emotional difficulties. Additionally, she provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults, and she utilizes cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems treatment modalities in her work with clients.
Dr. Rubin has supervised doctoral-level graduate students and given presentations about neuropsychological assessment, psychopathology, neurological conditions, child development, parenting issues, and psychotherapeutic treatment at medical centers, universities, elementary schools, and community organizations. She is also a frequent media contributor, advising the public on important mental health issues such as Autism Spectrum Disorders and child development.
Additionally, Dr. Rubin is a former adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire and a former board member of the Richie McFarland Children’s Center. She has published and presented research at professional meetings. She is warm, engaging with clients, and helpful to clients in reaching their goals. She lives in the Seacoast with her husband and three children.
Dr. Lauren Cook is a clinical psychologist who is licensed in New Hampshire. She obtained her B.A. with honors from the University of Delaware and earned her Ph.D. from the top-five nationally ranked Clinical Psychology program at Stony Brook University. While at Stony Brook, Dr. Cook conducted research on positive behavior supports for children with autism spectrum disorders. She then completed an APA-accredited internship at the University of California at San Diego where she trained in neuropsychological assessment and evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents. Following this, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School with a focus on pediatrics, developmental assessment, and neuropsychological assessment.
At Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center, Dr. Cook is available for evaluations from 18 months through adulthood. She routinely assesses for challenges such as learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, depression, and anxiety and has expertise in working with children with complex medical histories. It is important to Dr. Cook that families feel supported throughout the assessment process and achieve a better understanding of their child’s strengths and weaknesses with a clear plan of how to best promote their success.
Therapeutically, Dr. Cook practices most heavily within a cognitive-behavioral framework but also employs concepts and strategies from attachment theory, mindfulness, and social coaching. Dr. Cook provides psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Cook enjoys serving in the role of school consultant, working with school teams as an expert in mental health and providing strategies that best allow the child to thrive in the classroom.
Dr. Cook has taught in the Education Department at the University of New Hampshire, and class topics have included assessment, positive behavior supports, social development, and autism spectrum disorders. Within the seacoast community, Dr. Cook has provided educational talks to school personnel, PTA’s, and mental health organizations.
Dr. Carrie Chiasson is a licensed clinical psychologist in Portsmouth, NH. She obtained her B.S. in Psychology with Honors from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in NY. Dr. Chiasson worked as a research assistant at the University of Rochester before starting graduate school in Chicago. She earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Credential in Clinical Child and Family Psychology from Roosevelt University. She completed an APA-accredited internship at a community mental health center for youth in Topeka, KS where she received specialized training in treatment of anxiety disorders. Thereupon, she completed her postdoctoral training at a private practice in Rhode Island and focused on psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and young adults.
Dr. Chiasson provides psychotherapy for children, adolescents, families, and young adults. After an initial intake assessment, she uses a client’s background history, understanding of family dynamics, and knowledge of the client’s strengths to inform her treatment. She specializes in providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) but also draws from solution-focused, dialectical behavioral, and mindfulness modalities. Specializing in treating anxiety and OCD, Dr. Chiasson also provides therapy to individuals and families with a range of mental health challenges including depression, adjustment disorders, behavioral difficulties, ADHD, and autism. She believes in the importance of the therapeutic relationship she builds with her clients as well as implementing evidence-based treatments to help maximize positive outcomes.
Dr. Chiasson lives in the Seacoast area with her husband and young son.
Gianna Alden is a graduate of Wheelock College where she received her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Teaching Young Children with Special Needs. She is also a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. For seven years, she was a preschool teacher at Rye Country Day School. She was also a first grade classroom teacher and special educator in Kingston, NH before becoming a full-time mom to two boys, now all grown up. In addition to being the psychometrist on the team at Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center, Gianna runs the Early Childhood Suzuki Strings program at the Portsmouth Music and Arts Center.
Reading Tutor & Organizational Coach
Linda began her teaching career after graduating from the University of Maine, Orono, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a teaching certificate for grades K-8. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Plymouth State University, where she also served as a Lecturer in the Childhood Studies department. Linda has also supervised student teachers and worked as a middle school administrator. Linda is certified by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators for reading instruction. She specializes in reading, writing, and handwriting tutoring as well as executive skills coaching with children, adolescents, and adults.
Linda lives in Hampton, NH, with her husband of over thirty-five years. Together, they raised three children and are proud grandparents. Linda is dedicated to supporting families and to helping clients reach their potential as independent learners by increasing their understanding of personal learning styles, improving overall organizational skills, and achieving increased reading success. Her evidence-based and multisensory approaches, in combination with her experience and insight, provide clients critical gains in academic functioning, executive functioning skills, and self-confidence.
Linnea Hauthaway is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Gerontology. Linnea worked for more than 14 years at EnviroSystems, Inc., (ESI) out of Hampton, New Hampshire. At ESI, Linnea worked as an Aquatic Toxicologist and also managed the laboratory for several years prior to leaving to spend time at home with her young children. Linnea joined the Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center team in the fall of 2012 as the office manager.