About Us

Our Mission

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We are a dynamic, personable, approachable group of psychologists of differing backgrounds and training who share an expertise in assessment. We are passionate about helping children and adults identify why they are having difficulties in major life domains as well as helping to highlight their strengths. 

User-Friendly Assessments

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A test report is not helpful if the client, family, or involved professionals cannot understand what it says. We believe in providing clear, thoughtful, practical reports to help people understand situations better and use the results to make informed decisions.

Local

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We have all set down roots in the Pioneer Valley and have a commitment to sharing our professional expertise with the local community. We feel honored to be able to provide quality services here in Western Mass., so that people do not need to travel out of the region to get help.

Marika Faytell Grimm, Ph.D.

Neuropsychology Associate

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I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in neuropsychology. Raised in Western Massachusetts, I completed my bachelor’s degree at Vassar College in New York and my master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Houston in Texas. I finally returned to Massachusetts to complete my predoctoral internship at the VA Boston Healthcare System and my postdoctoral neuropsychology fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. Through these training experiences, I have expertise providing multicultural and multilingual assessment services for college students and adults with broad developmental, psychiatric, and/or medical/neurologic conditions. 

At PVPA, I specialize in helping children and adults learn more about their thinking skills, with emphasis on addressing concerns they have about their thinking (e.g., trouble staying focused, difficulty learning new information, forgetfulness, etc.), and on understanding how these concerns impact their daily lives and emotional wellbeing. We’ll also discuss ways to support and/or maximize their thinking skills in their daily lives. 

Flannery Geier, Psy.D.

Neuropsychology Associate

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I'm a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in neuropsychology. Originally from New Jersey, my studies and training have taken me across the country. I received my bachelor's degree in psychology from Middlebury College in Vermont and went on to earn my doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortion in California. 


My predoctoral internship was at the VA Medical Center in Cincinnati where I specialized in neuropsychology with a focus on memory disorders, posttraumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and cognitive rehabilitation. I then did a postdoctoral neuropsychology fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, serving a diverse multilingual population from the greater Boston area. I gained extensive experience there evaluating adults with suspected ADHD, learning disorders, dementia, and other cognitive concerns. I am a board member of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society.


At PVPA, I specialize in assessing children and adults, from concerns about attention and learning abilities to concerns about mood, anxiety, or memory changes. I see these assessments as a way to better understand an individual in an empathic yet structured way. My goal is to provide clients with a greater self-understanding with an emphasis on realistic and achievable recommendations that address concerns while promoting emotional and cognitive well-being.

Emily Love, Psy.D.

Neuropsychology Associate

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I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in neuropsychology. Originally from North Central Connecticut, I earned a bachelor's degree from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester MA and my master's and doctoral degrees from Antioch University New England in Keene NH. During my doctoral training, I gained a wide variety of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide range of diagnoses. I completed my predoctoral internship at Frontier Health, a community mental health system in eastern Tennessee. After earning my doctoral degree, I did a neuropsychology fellowship with Dr. Joseph Moldover, a board-certified neuropsychologist in the Boston area. 


At PVPA, I specialize in psychological and neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents and adults whose current problems have a developmental focus. I strive to help people better understand their own strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles, and to help people move past value judgments and instead embrace approaches that can lead to success - whatever that means to each person - in school, work, and life.

Kristen Robinson, Psy.D.

Psychology Associate

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I am a licensed clinical psychologist with a varied background in education, psychotherapy, and assessment. Originally from Canada, I now live in North Central Massachusetts. I studied at the undergraduate level at Brock University and Ottawa University, before moving to the US and getting my doctoral training at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH. I did my internship year at the Devereux Foundation Residential Treatment Center in Rutland, MA and a postdoctoral fellowship at an integrated preschool program in Chelmsford, MA. I also did community service in India, helping to train local providers to treat PTSD in tsunami survivors. I have worked as a teacher, residential counselor, and psychotherapist, and have experience with many presenting issues and treatment modalities.


At PVPA, I am informed by my diverse experiences as I focus on assessment. I help children and families work on some of the most frustrating and daunting challenges of childhood and parenting. I also use assessment to work with individuals of all ages to consider how they can develop a strong sense of self, effective coping skills, and the ability to manage the ups and downs of daily life.

Claudia B. Rutherford, Ph.D.

President

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I am a licensed clinical psychologist, originally from New York City, who has been living in the Pioneer Valley since 2002. I have a bachelor's degree from Brown University, a master's from New York University, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Adelphi University. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, I worked in medical and psychiatric settings in New York City. I did my internship in neuropsychology and health psychology at the Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine at NYU Medical Center. I then worked for two years as a clinical assessor in the neuroscience division at New York State Psychiatric Institute, where I was involved in clinical and research projects focusing on a variety of topics including parenting and discipline, mood disorders, and suicide prevention. After moving to Massachusetts, I worked for several years at a child and adolescent clinic in the Berkshires, and then at a family clinic in the Pioneer Valley. I opened my own solo practice in assessment in 2004 and converted it to its current form, this group practice, in 2016. 


At PVPA, I specialize in assessing children and adults up to age 55. I see a wide variety of issues and greatly enjoy the opportunity to try to get to the bottom of an issue and help people get unstuck. For many years I was the neuropsychology team supervisor at UMass-Amherst's Psychological Services Center, training doctoral candidates in assessment at the university's low-fee clinic. In 2018 I stopped supervising at UMass in order to focus exclusively on my group practice. 


I served as the Western Massachusetts representative on the board of the Massachusetts Psychological Association for several years and am now a fellow. I also served on the board of the Massachusetts Neuropsychological Society for several years. I have been active in behavioral health advocacy work for many years and have received recognition from the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psychological Association for these efforts on behalf of clients.