Dr. Andy Lopez-Williams
is the Founder, President
and Clinical Director of ADHD & Autism Psychological Services and Advocacy with
offices in Utica and Syracuse, New York - a specialty clinic for children,
adolescents and adults. He is a licensed clinical psychologist who received
his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo and completed his clinical residency
at the University of Washington. He has served as the Director for the Center
for ADHD in Rhode Island and as Director of the Children, Youth, & Families
Program at West Virginia University. Dr. Lopez has published numerous
articles in scientific journals and presented at numerous conferences on
the assessment and treatment of persons with developmental disorders.
He has served as a guest editor for Journal of Emotional and Behavioral
Disorders, Journal of Attention Disorders, Alcoholism: Clinical and
Experimental Research, and the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
Dr. Lopez also has served as a consultant to numerous residential
and outpatient treatment facilities for persons with special needs.
In addition, he has testified in courts in New York and Washington
States on behalf of persons with special needs. Dr. Lopez-Williams is also a
founding member and CEO of Central New York Quest, a not-for-profit
agency focused on services, education, advocacy and policy for persons
with special needs.
Dr. Jennifer Tesak
is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York State.
She completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Hamilton College, and her
Master of Arts and Doctoral Degree at the University of Rochester. She gained
intensive, specialized clinical training in working with children, adolescents,
and families while engaged in a pre-doctoral internship in the Department of
Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. While working at
Mt. Hope Family Center in Rochester, NY, a facility dedicated to the provision
of clinical services to preschool age children (3-5) seriously at risk for the
development of future psychopathology, Dr. Tesak acquired specific expertise
in the assessment and treatment of young children and their families. She also
has extensive experience in administering and interpreting common early
developmental measures such as the Bayley Infant Development Scales.
In her current role as Assistant Clinical Director of AAPSA, Dr. Tesak
regularly conducts comprehensive evaluations of children and adolescents,
provides PBIS training to parents and caregivers, and consults with teachers
to provide support in implementing PBIS approaches.
Dr. Timothy Dempsey
received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University. He completed a
predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute at
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. While at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Dr. Dempsey
received specialized training that focused on the assessment and treatment of behavior
problems in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disabilities,
and related developmental conditions. He has published a variety of research studies on topics
ranging from diagnostic considerations in autism spectrum disorders to critical analyses of
treatment approaches. Additionally, Dr. Dempsey has served as a consultant to assisted living
centers and state agencies that focused on service provision to children and adults with
developmental disabilities. Dr. Dempsey is a native of Upstate New York and is looking forward
to returning after 6 years. His education and experience will certainly be an asset in this region.
is a licensed mental health counselor in New York State.
She earned both her Master of Science in College, Community/ Agency Counseling and,
her Certificate of Advanced Studies in School Counseling at the State University of
New York Plattsburgh. She worked as a high school guidance counselor for 11 years prior
to changing career directions back to mental health counseling. She specializes in
treating children and adults with ADH/D and co-morbid disorders, as well as, people with
Autism Spectrum Disorders. Karen has been an active volunteer with the STARS Paddling/ Kayaking
program through Sitrin Rehabilitation Center. She also spends time working as a karate instructor
at Bailey’s Karate School in Rome, NY, and occasionally works part time installing windows. When
not working Karen likes to snowboard, hike, and skydive.
is a Licensed Social Worker in New York State. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology
at Ithaca College and Master of Social Work degree at Syracuse University. Her internship at Upstate Medical
University Psychiatry Clinic, member of the psychiatry team at Margaret L. Williams Developmental Evaluation
Center in Syracuse NY, and ABA teaching experience at the New England Center for Children, has given her specific
knowledge in developmental and mental health evaluation and treatment with children, adolescents and families.
Emily conducts comprehensive evaluation and treatment with children, adolescents, and adults. She is also involved
in parent education and providing children's group therapy to help improve social cognition and self-regulation skills.
ADHD & Autism Psychological Services and Advocacy is an agency that specializes in providing state-of-the-science assessment, treatment, educational, and advocacy services for persons across the lifespan. We have offices in Utica, New York, and Syracuse, New York, and provide consultation and training services across New York State.
As our name indicates, we specialize in ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders (more broadly, developmental disorders). However, we also provide our expert services to populations of children, adolescents and adults with other mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, adjustment problems) and learning disorders. As you are likely aware, persons with one type of problem (e.g., ADHD, Autism) typically present with other types of problems (e.g., mental health or behavioral disorder). In fact, it is the rule rather than the exception that the persons with whom we work present with multiple problems that cut across multiple domains of functioning (e.g., mental health, academic, substance use) and across multiple settings (e.g., home, school, community). As one example, persons diagnosed with ADHD are one- to two-thirds likely to have co-occurring learning disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, conduct disorders and are at significant risk for early onset substance use, poor school attendance, high school dropout, juvenile delinquency and poor occupational functioning. Thus, although we specialize in ADHD and Autism, it may be more appropriate to say that we specialize in assessing and treating persons (children and adults) with emotional, behavioral, social and academic difficulties.
Our training and consultation services are embedded within a positive and strength-based framework and are directly aligned with the overarching philosophy that is engrained in every facet of our services. In all of our endeavors, we strive to share the wealth of knowledge that will enable children, adolescents, and adults to achieve their full potential, to help caregivers and teachers to become powerful change agents, and to facilitate the broader community’s recognition of persons with cognitive, emotional and behavior disorders as valuable members of the community.
Our philosophy is embedded in every aspect of what we do, and in all that we intend to accomplish. Beyond the clear human value of promoting this philosophy, we believe that this approach makes important economic sense. In our nation's current state of economic affairs, it is vital that we employ strategies that are not simply reactive to developmental, behavioral, and emotional difficulties, and strive to reduce deficits. Thus, the strategies that we utilize are proactive and strength-based, and therefore offer much more in promoting the long-term growth and promise of children, adolescents, and adults. Such positive outcomes will surely reduce the incredible economic burden of the current system of care by providing persons with supported opportunities to flourish and creating, as a byproduct, a reduced need for services.
We hope that you will feel encouraged and supported in every step of your experience with us. Your care and well-being is our top priority.