Jane Paley, Psy.D.
Jane Paley has co-coordinated the Assessment Division at Interactive Discovery since 2011. Dr. Paley earned a master’s degree in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education (1994) and a doctoral degree in Child Clinical/School Psychology from New York University (2004). For nearly a decade, Dr. Paley worked in the Marsha Winokur Learning Center and the Learning Resource Network of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, offering neuropsychological assessment, parent and school consultation, and therapeutic remediation to children from public, private and parochial schools. During that period, she authored various pieces for Thinking Children, a quarterly newsletter. From 2003-2011, Dr. Paley served as the Brooklyn Clinical Coordinator for the Loss and Bereavement/Loss and Trauma program for Children and Adolescents at JBFCS.
A longtime proponent of bridging gaps between the fields of education and mental health, Dr. Paley has taught preschool, elementary and high school students in special education and bilingual settings, held workshops for teachers, and taught School Consultation to graduate students at CUNY and New York University. At Interactive Discovery, Dr. Paley supervises and conducts comprehensive neuropsychological and psycho-educational assessments with children and adolescents, and offers parent, teacher and school consultation. Dr. Paley is committed to providing testing that is thorough, comprehensive, and practical - aimed at improving clients’ learning, self-awareness and self-advocacy skills. She is equally committed to in-depth collaboration with families, in the service of developing a thorough, integrated, and empathic understanding of a child or adolescent’s strengths and needs.
Dr. Paley maintains a private practice in Brooklyn, providing psychotherapy to children and adults. Areas of specialization include learning and neurodevelopmental variation, attachment and parenting, loss and trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, life-stage transitions, and gender identity. Dr. Paley is a member of several peer supervisory groups, and is an active participant in trainings and workshops, including those offered through the Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute (Needham, MA), the New York Center for the Study of Groups (an affiliate of the AK Rice Institute), Psychotherapy Networker and Professional Education Systems Institute (PESI). Dr. Paley has presented at an annual forum co-sponsored by the Kinship Care program of JBFCS and the Brooklyn Grandparents’ Coalition. She was an adviser on the development of interview question protocol for the DADvocacy Consulting Group and participated in the creation of the Daddy Wishes Fund.
Dr. Paley is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) and Section IX of APA’s Division 39 (Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility).