ph.d. Graduate Student Extern (Assessments)

autism and trauma therapy -

Amira Nahshal

Ph.d. Graduate Student Extern (Assessments)

Amira Nahshal is a school psychology Ph.D. candidate at Fordham University, specializing in the psychology of bilingual students. Her passion is providing neuropsychological evaluations and therapeutic services to immigrant and refugee children and their families. The objective of her work is to provide culturally sensitive support to families within their socio-cultural settings.


As an Arabic interpreter at the New York City Department of Education (Committee on Preschool Special Education), she provides translation services to families during psychoeducational assessments, including background and family history sessions, testing sessions, and speech sessions. As part of her current role, she knows how few resources are available to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Due to this, she has made it her professional goal and mission to help people from these backgrounds and work together with parents to improve treatment outcomes.


“The impulse to heal is real and powerful and lies within the client. Our job is to evoke that healing power… and support it in its expression and development. We are not the healers. We are the context in which healing is inspired.”
- Ron Kurtz


“Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness...Trauma is about loss of connection—to ourselves, our bodies, our families, to others, and to the world around us. This disconnection is often hard to recognize because it doesn't happen all at once but rather over time.”
- Peter Levine


“A lot of people assume that having OCD means liking things organized or hating germs. It tends to be treated like a quirk or an endearing trait. But it's so much more than that. It's the one thing that prohibits me from being free of myself.” - Whitney Amazeen


“Think of having ADHD in this way… You have a ‘Ferrari’ brain but with ‘Chevy’ brakes.”
- Jonathan Mooney