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Professional Staff

Linda Brody, Ed.D., received her doctorate in Gifted Education and Learning Disabilities from the Johns Hopkins University. Co-founder of CTY’s Diagnostic and Counseling Center (DCC), she also directs CTY’s Study of Exceptional Talent and has over 30 years of experience counseling gifted students and their families. Her research focuses on evaluating intervention strategies for academically advanced students and on furthering our understanding of special populations including the highly gifted, gifted females, and twice-exceptional students. Linda has published widely and makes presentations regularly at national and international conferences.

Sylvia Fernandez-Fein, Ph.D., received her doctorate degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has long-term and varied experience in the DCC, but currently writes reports for our Academic and Career Guidance service.

Karen E. Mickenberg, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who received her doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has over 20 years of research and clinical experience working with a wide range of gifted students. Her expertise is with gifted students who are twice exceptional (i.e., also have ADHD or a learning disability). Karen conducts comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations and provides educational consultations. She is the point person for communicating with families and other consumers about the services provided by the DCC. Karen has won awards from the American Mensa Education and Research Foundation for her research on self-perceptions and motivation.