Professional Staff

Professional Staff

IAS only employs clinical staff with doctorates in clinical psychology, and we do not use ‘technicians’ to complete the tests at a lower cost. In addition, all staff have psychotherapy experience and expertise, allowing them to see psychiatric disorders from multiple perspectives.

Our highly experienced and intuitive testers provide the most comprehensive and accessible evaluations available.

Melinda Kulish, Ph.D., Owner/President
Clinical Psychologist/Clinical Neuropsychologist

IAS-Melinda-KulishDr. Kulish first became interested in psychological testing as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, where she did research on The Early Memory Questionnaire with her first mentor, Dr. Martin Mayman.  She went on to complete her doctorate in clinical psychology at Northwestern University (division of psychology, department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences).  She completed her APA accredited internship at The Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School.  She went on to complete 2 years of post-doctoral training in adult neuropsychology through The Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

She completed an additional 3rd and 4th year of post-doctoral training in adolescent neuropsychology through Tufts Medical School/The New England Medical Center in partnership with The Massachusetts Department of Youth Services.  She has received advanced training in collaborative and therapeutic assessment through The Center for Therapeutic Assessment in Austin, Texas. She is also an Advanced Candidate in psychoanalysis at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (BPSI).

Dr. Kulish is an instructor at The Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School and is a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty, where she has taught and supervised students in psychological and neuropsychological assessment for many years.  She has also supervised psychology interns in their psychotherapy training. Dr. Kulish has taught doctoral level classes at Boston College and UMass Boston, and taught a course entitled “Trauma, Affect and the Brain” and the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. She was the director of the psychological and neuropsychological testing service at The Two Brattle Center from 2003-2008.

Dr. Kulish has been a practicing psychologist in the Cambridge area for 16 years. Her private practice, located at 1679 Massachusetts Avenue, focuses on adult and adolescent psychotherapy. Recognizing the need for completely integrated neuropsychological and psychological testing, Dr. Kulish and her husband, Robert Sodergren, M.B.A., founded IAS in the fall of 2012. Dr Melinda Eileen Kulish

Testers

 

Robin Li, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Robin Li received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, California. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and two years of postdoctoral training focused on psychological assessment in both outpatient and school-based settings. Dr. Li has experience conducting personality and neuropsychological assessments with multilingual individuals from diverse backgrounds and is a bilingual speaker of Mandarin Chinese. She also has experience working with gifted children and their families. Prior to her training in clinical psychology, Robin earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of California, San Diego, and worked in that field for seven years.

Kathleen McCollum, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Forensic Psychologist, Essex County Juvenile Court Clinic

Kathleen McCollum received her Psy.D. from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in 2013.  Her doctoral project focused on step family dynamics.  Her postdoctoral year was split between Children’s Charter in Waltham, MA where she performed trauma evaluations and parental evaluations on court-involved families, and The Dr. Leon O. Brenner Center for Psychological Assessment & Consultation, where she performed psychological assessments in forensic settings.  She currently works as a Forensic Psychologist in the Essex County Juvenile Court Clinic performing evaluations on court-involved youth.  These evaluations include competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility and children requiring assistance evaluations.

Meghan B. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Research Psychologist at the Bedford VAMC
Research Fellow, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School

IAS-Meghan-MitchellMeghan Mitchell received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA in 2002 and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2009 at the University of Georgia under the direction of Dr. L. Stephen Miller. Her graduate work included research on the neuropsychology of normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease, and clinical training in neuropsychology, including training at the University of Georgia’s Regents Center for Learning Disorders, the Shepherd Center’s inpatient and outpatient neuropsychology service for patients recovering from traumatic brain injury, and the Emory University Department of Neurology’s Memory Assessment Clinic. She completed a 1-year predoctoral internship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK, where she completed rotations in pediatric and adult neuropsychology. She joined the research group in the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Centers (GRECC) service at the Bedford VA in Bedford, MA in 2009, where she completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology and obtained her Massachusetts license in psychology in 2011. Since 2011, Dr. Mitchell has continued to work with the GRECC research group as an advanced fellow in geriatrics, where she continues her research on cognitive function in normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease, and sees veterans in the GRECC memory assessment clinic. She currently has 16 publications and plans to continue a career in clinical and academic neuropsychology.

Sana Sheikh, Ph.D.
Practicum Student

After completing her PhD in social psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Sana Sheikh took an assistant professor of psychology position at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK. To better incorporate her research with the practice of psychology, she left St Andrews to pursue respecialization in clinical psychology at Suffolk University. In addition to her practicum at IAS, she is  a Clinical Fellow at the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Sana Sheikh’s scholarly interests span social and clinical psychological perspectives on emotion and morality.  Her main line of research concerns the nature of emotion as they arise in social and cultural contexts as well as the etiology, manifestation, and remediation of disorders in which the two are often prevalent, such as depressive and bipolar disorders.  Her interests also include gender and identity formation and conflicts among Muslim British and American youth. During her free time, she enjoys working as a radio jockey in India.

Amy Todey
Bio coming soon

Emily Wilner
Bio coming soon

CONSULTANTS

Anthony Bram, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist/Psychoanalyst

Anthony D. Bram, PhD, is a psychologist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Lexington, MA, where he conducts psychological testing, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy, and psychoanalysis with children and adults. Dr. Bram is a Clinical Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School and is on the faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is a graduate of the Post-Doctoral training program at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, KS, and he completed adult psychoanalytic training at the Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Institute. He is also an advanced candidate in child psychoanalysis in the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Bram has been a recipient of a Fellowship from the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Martin Mayman Award from the Society for Personality Assessment, Scientific Writing Award from the Menninger Clinic, and the Johanna Tabin Book Proposal Prize from Division 39 of the American Psychological Association.  His book, Testing that Matters: Creating a Roadmap for Psychotherapy, is forthcoming from APA Books.

John Minor, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Pediatric Neuropsychologist

John studied comparative and English literature at the Universities of Wisconsin and Toronto.  After teaching language and literature for three years, he returned to school to study guidance counseling and school psychology, after which he worked in the Newton, Andover, Needham, and currently Brookline public school systems.  His doctorate from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology was in geriatric mental health, and his post-doctoral work focused on both geriatrics and neuropsychology.  He currently supervises post-doctoral fellows in neuropsychology at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, as well as guidance and social work interns at the Heath School in Brookline.  He maintains a private assessment practice in Brighton.

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Robert Sodergren
Co-Founder/ Chief Operating Officer

IAS-robert-sodergrenRobert Sodergren earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Boston University. He has worked in operations and regulatory management in financial services. He was also a non-commissioned officer in the 82nd Airborne Division, United States Army.

 

 

 

 

 

Integrated Healthcare
Management Consulting

Since 2014, Integrated Healthcare Consulting (“IHC”) has worked with IAS to help steer strategy and lead daily operations efforts. IHC brings nearly 20 years of experience to the IAS team, specializing in management consulting services for Hospitals and Clinicians.