PROFESSIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Dr. Kari Tervo is a licensed clinical psychologist who practices clinical and forensic neuropsychology. Dr. Tervo conducts comprehensive neuropsychological and psychoeducational evaluations. These help to determine, for instance, whether an individual has AD/HD, a learning disability, dementia, or persistent memory problems related to a head injury. She has developed her assessment practice by working with a variety of populations, from high school seniors to senior citizens.
In 2004, Dr. Tervo earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in College Park, where her research focused on the neuropsychological characteristics of people at risk for schizophrenia. There, she also performed clinical work, such as psychotherapy and psychoeducational assessments. In the course of her graduate studies, she performed an externship at the Baltimore VA Medical Center, and then went on to fulfill her pre-doctoral internship requirements at the Washington, D.C., VA Medical Center, where she primarily focused on neuropsychological assessments and group psychotherapy. With respect to undergraduate education, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1997 from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, where she concentrated in psychology, won numerous academic scholarships and grants, and earned the elite designation of Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. Tervo has considerable experience in providing psychotherapy services in a variety of environments, and, though she is currently focusing on her assessment practice, the style she developed as a psychotherapist informs her interpersonal approach to neuropsychological/psychoeducational assessment: She is friendly, personable, and compassionate. She consistently maintains a focus on each individual’s unique strengths, and she takes care to highlight each person’s strengths during the course of the evaluation process and in providing feedback on assessment results.