About Dr. Parnell

Kathleen Parnell, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Psychology from Boston University, with a specialization in developmental psychology and extensive coursework in neuropsychology. Two years of post-doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology were obtained at the Weaver Clinic in Weston, MA and at the Neurodevelopmental Center at North Shore Children’s Hospital in Salem, MA. Dr. Parnell has been performing neuropsychological evaluations since 1994 and has been a licensed psychologist since 1999.

Prior to her doctoral training, Dr. Parnell worked as a teacher for over eleven years, in both regular education classrooms and in a resource room. She holds a master’s degree in special education from Lesley College (now Lesley University) and received certifications as a special education teacher and as a reading specialist. She was also employed as an educational therapist by the Learning Disabilities Network for five years.

Before starting PCN in 2008, Dr. Parnell worked for eight years at the Center for Neuropsychology and Learning Disorders in Providence and Wakefield, RI as the primary child neuropsychologist.

While Dr. Parnell’s main specialties remain in the areas of ADHD, executive functions, and learning disabilities, in the past few years she has been studying integrative mental health (involving complementary and alternative treatment approaches) and has received certification in this area. A sampling of her courses can be viewed by clicking here .

Dr. Parnell is a member of the American Psychological Association, National Association of Neuropsychologists, International Neuropsychological Society, and the International Dyslexia Association.

In her spare time, Dr. Parnell enjoys spending time with her family (husband and four grown children), taking walks in the woods, and photography.