"As a psychologist, I am passionate about working with children, adolescents and their families."
Dr. Brandi Wells is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist with school-based and clinical experience with children and adolescents that are experiencing learning, emotional and behavioral challenges. Dr. Wells strives to improve the overall quality of life for children, help them achieve their goals, strengthen their coping skills, promote pro-social behavior, build resilience, and to prevent the development of more serious problems by providing research-based interventions after completing a comprehensive evaluation. Dr. Wells administers all comprehensive evaluations, without an assistant, to build rapport with your child, observe his/her learning process, and gain a better understanding of how he/she engages with tasks.
With 20+ years of experience, Dr. Wells specializes in conducting comprehensive psychological/psychoeducational evaluations with culturally and linguistically diverse children and adolescents. She helped hundreds of children by providing comprehensive assessments for various reasons including diagnostic clarification, learning disabilities (i.e., dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia), ADHD, depression and anxiety difficulties, intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Additionally, Dr. Wells provides gifted assessment/testing. The evaluation can be used for private school admission and program planning, special education eligibility determination, Independent Education Evaluations (IEEs), and Katie Beckett Deeming Waiver eligibility.
Experience in School Settings
Dr. Wells has provided services in public schools, virtual learning environments, specialized treatment facilities and private practice. As a certified school psychologist and several years working in school districts, she also provides school consultation for educational programming and decision making. Dr. Wells is well-informed in school intervention programs such as the Early Intervention Program (EIP), Response to Intervention (RtI), 504 accommodation plans, and special education procedures (eligibility and Individualized Education Program, IEP). She regularly participates in special education eligibility and IEP meetings. She also consults with parents of children with learning, emotional and/or behavioral difficulties.
Dr. Wells obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Counseling and School Psychology at San Diego State University in San Diego, CA. She earned her Ph.D. degree in School Psychology from Georgia State University. Dr. Wells completed her APPIC accredited doctoral training program at Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support facility in Canton, GA. During this time, she provided psychological and functional behavior assessments, developed and implemented individualized behavioral interventions for students with severe behavioral disorders, and provided individual and group therapy.
Professional Partnerships and Associations
Dr. Wells understands the importance of collaborative relationships between mental health professionals, parents, schools and community agencies in promoting student development. She regularly consults with several school systems in the metropolitan Atlanta area. She provides school observations and consultations as well as training and presentations for educators and parents on topics such as promoting positive mental health in schools, behavior management strategies, strategies to improve executive functioning, improving parent-home partnerships, social skills instruction, and multicultural issues in schools.
Additionally, she has presented her research at state and national professional conferences as well as published her work. She has also written research-based articles and served as an expert psychologist on radio and television news programs. Dr. Wells is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Association of School Psychologists, and Georgia Psychological Association.