Darlene Sousa

Educational Psychologist, Dyslexia Therapist, Team Leader
Ph.D. Candidate in Human Development and Family Studies
Iowa State University, US
Post-M.A. Specialist Degree in School Psychology
Washington State University, US
M.A. in Human Behavior
National University, US

Darlene Sousa received her B.A. in criminology from Saint Martin’s College in Washington state, US. She completed her M.A. in human behavior before embarking on her practice career in 1998, serving youth and families referred for intensive home intervention and therapy by the courts.

In 2000, she began providing behavior therapy services to families and schools, while continuing her work in community mental health. During this time, Darlene experienced her own difficulties as the parent of a child with learning differences, and she became acutely aware of the disconnect between the medical model and the education model. Her professional and personal experiences served as the impetus to obtain her post-master’s specialist degree in school psychology field, enabling her to help bridge the gap for parents and schools. Since then, Darlene has worked extensively in the school psychology field as an educational psychologist, state education consultant, and professor. She is now a Ph.D. candidate in human development and family studies at Iowa State University.

Specializing in the evaluation of learning difficulties and dyslexia therapy, Darlene holds certifications in Orton Gillingham Dyslexia Therapy, Neuropsychology of Reading Disorders, Neuropsychology of Written Language Disorders, and Harvard University’s Data Wise Improvement Process. Furthermore, she has received Instructor Certification in Right Response, a humane crisis de-escalation and safety training program for schools and other group environments.

Darlene brings an abundance of academic and professional practice experience to her role as an educational psychologist at ELG. Already bilingual in English and Portuguese, she is working on improving her Mandarin. As a professional who is deeply passionate about her work, and as a parent to a child with learning differences, she intimately understands the needs of ELG’s community of parents, educators, and students in Shanghai.

Languages

  • English, Portuguese