Meet The Team
Founder & Owner
Erin McDonough, PhD
Dr. McDonough founded Psychological Diagnostic Evaluations of New York, PC in 2015 in order to provide high-quality, evidence-based assessment services to the Long Island community. She specializes in psychological assessment for the purpose of identifying learning disabilities and other disorders that interfere with achieving full academic potential. Her mission is to help parents understand why their children struggle and what can be done to help their children succeed. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. McDonough has served in academic roles training clinical and school psychology graduate students in psychological assessment at both St. John’s University and Rutgers University. Dr. McDonough co-edited Contemporary Intellectual Assessment (4th Ed.) , the second-most widely used text in school psychology assessment courses, and has co-authored numerous book chapters in the field of learning disability assessment. Dr. McDonough also served as the director of a diagnostic center affiliated with a school for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. She presents locally and nationally to school-based professionals on topics related to psychological assessment and learning disabilities. She is a licensed psychologist in New York (2011) and New Jersey (2017) and possesses the Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology. Dr. McDonough graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 with a PhD in School Psychology after completing an APA-accrediated internship at MercyFirst.
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Kathleen Hurley, PsyD
Dr. Hurley earned her Psy.D. in School Psychology from St. John’s University. She is a licensed New York State psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. Dr. Hurley has worked as a school psychologist for a local district for the past several years and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Adelphi University. Dr. Hurley specializes in psycho-educational assessment including the identification of autism spectrum disorder, specific learning disorders, emotional and attention disorders, and executive functioning deficits. She strives to offer therapeutic clients a supportive and collaborative evaluation environment to identify short- and long-term goals while using individualized, evidence-based strategies to meet these goals successfully. In addition to her clinical and assessment practice, Dr. Hurley supervises psychology interns, provides training to graduate level interns, and has been invited to present at local schools, agencies, and professional conferences. Dr. Hurley is a member of the American Psychological Association, the New York Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Hurley has presented at national conferences including the New England Psychological Association, the New York Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of School Psychologists.
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Nora Gerardi, PsyD
Dr. Nora Gerardi is a NY State licensed psychologist. She is a Staff Psychologist at McLean Hospital, an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queens College. Prior to joining the team at McLean Hospital, Dr. Gerardi was the Assistant Training Director and Coordinator of School Consultation at Cognitive & Behavioral Consultants. She has expertise in providing a variety of evidence-based treatments including cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™. Dr. Gerardi earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Connecticut. She earned her Master’s and Doctor of Psychology degrees in School Psychology from St. John’s University. Dr. Gerardi has co-authored several book chapters, focusing on utilizing CBT and DBT strategies. She has presented research at the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the International Society for the Improvement and Teaching of DBT (ISIT DBT), and the American Psychological Association (APA) conferences, as well as internationally at the Caribbean Well-Being Conference in St. Maarten. Dr. Gerardi practices comprehensive DBT in the 3East Outpatient Program at McLean Hospital, though does not offer these services through PDE. At PDE, she provides CBT that is informed by her extensive DBT background. In therapy, Dr. Gerardi strives to form real relationships with clients that are grounded in mutual respect, curiosity, warmth, and compassion. She aims to support clients feeling connected to themselves and others in authentic ways, balancing acceptance and change around emotions, thoughts, and behavior patterns that interfere with their goals.