Bespoke’s full-time clinical psychologist administers complete Psychoeducational Testing batteries and works with students with a wide variety of learning and emotional issues.
Special Services
Psychoeducational Testing and Counseling
psychoeducationalDr. Jacqueline Reina, Director

Dr. Reina earned her Masters in General Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University in Long Island. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in New York and Connecticut and utilizes a cognitive behavioral approach when working with individuals. Dr. Reina is a highly-experienced psychoeducational evaluator with over ten years of experience working with children, adolescents and young adults. As Bespoke’s Director of Evaluation and Counseling Services, Dr. Reina provides customized psychoeducational evaluations, vocational assessments, educational consulting, and counseling services. Dr. Reina works closely with our tutors to help them customize test-prep and tutoring sessions for our students, and she partners with families and schools to help each individual succeed and reach his or her academic potential.

Psychoeducational Testing

This specialized assessment identifies developmental, learning, or attention-related disorders. Evaluations help pinpoint areas of strength and weakness so that recommendations can be made to overcome academic obstacles. Bespoke’s psychoeducational testing program looks at intelligence, academic skills, attention and focus, emotional and behavioral functioning, and adaptive skills. These evaluations are often used to apply for extra time and other accommodations on standardized tests.

Dr. Reina’s comprehensive evaluations can help students and parents:

  • Understand the learning challenges that are particular to that student.
  • Assess the need for extra time or other accommodations on standardized tests such as the ISEE, SAT, ACT or GRE.
  • Determine appropriate academic accommodations in school.
  • Gain skills to help with academic shortcomings and learning differences.
  • Make informed school placement decisions and work with schools to meet a student’s needs.
  • Clarify areas of strength, interest, or talent.

Each evaluation is tailored to meet the specific needs of the student. Practical techniques are taught in follow-up sessions to empower the student to address his or her academic challenges and to make school more fulfilling. All evaluations conform to guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA), and Dr. Reina spends time after testing to educate parents and students about the results.

This complete battery of tests consists of a 30-minute consultation followed by approximately 9- 12 hours of comprehensive testing spread over 2-3 appointments. Within 2-3 weeks of testing, Dr. Reina conducts a 60-minute follow-up conference with parents and students to go over test results and to provide recommendations. Dr. Reina provides detailed reports to accompany applications for extra time or other accommodations.

Intelligence and Cognitive Testing (including Gifted and Talented Testing)
  • Cognitive assessments are often used by academic institutions for admission into specific programs.
  • Gifted and talented programs usually require IQ testing and a cognitive evaluation.
  • These tests measure intellectual functioning as well as students’ ability to understand and assimilate the world around them.
  • This cognitive battery of tests assesses memory, visual and verbal reasoning and learning.
  • Tests include the Wechsler Intelligence Scales for adults and children; the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale; and, the Woodcock-Johnson tests of cognitive ability.

Each evaluation includes a 30-minute clinical interview followed by an IQ test. Dr. Reina conducts a conference with parents and students to discuss the results of the evaluation within three weeks.

Career Counseling and Vocational Testing/Assessment

Career Counseling assists individuals in evaluating and selecting a college major, graduate school program, or career. The process provides students with an opportunity to discuss their hopes and fears about these life-changing processes. Vocational testing is often part of the Career Counseling process and can be particularly useful for adolescents and young adults in examining which course of study and occupations best fit their individual abilities, interests, and personality.

Vocational assessment instruments, such as the Strong Interest Inventory, Campbell Interest and Skill Survey (CISS), and Myers Briggs Type Indicator help with the self-assessment process.

Counseling and Therapy

Dr. Reina has trained extensively in cognitive and behavioral therapy, enabling her to treat students for a wide range of psychological and emotional issues. Her therapeutic style combines techniques from various treatment methods in order to help students behave and feel better. Treatment plans and interventions are customized for each client’s needs, concerns, and difficulties.

  • These one-on-one therapy sessions for students of all ages (elementary school through graduate school) can focus on many important and common areas of concern: attention issues, depression, school-related anxiety, social skill-building, divorce adjustment, and life transitions.
  • Sessions are typically 45 minutes long and take place once each week.

Parent Behavior Modification Training

  • Counsels parents who wish to learn specific techniques to improve their children’s behavior.
  • Adults learn about “change antecedents” (how they give instruction to children) and consequences (how to react when children do or do not follow instructions).
  • Dr. Reina has worked with parents of young children, adolescents, and every age in between so that they can engage in more rewarding interactions with their children.
  • Sessions are typically 45 minutes long and take place once each week.