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About Dr. Martin

Lisa A. Martin, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in practice since 1996. Dr. Martin specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation of children and young adults with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other developmental and emotional concerns. She has worked extensively with children of all ages in both evaluation and treatment capacities. Dr. Martin also has broad experience in the assessment of emotional functioning and personality, including projective testing. Dr. Martin received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College and her doctoral degree from Catholic University. She completed her internship at the Baltimore V.A. Hospital, where she gained substantial experience in psychological assessment.  Dr. Martin worked at the Stixrud Group for 18 years, where she conducted neuropsychological evaluations with children, adolescents, and young adults.  During that time she also maintained a private practice where she conducted individual and family psychotherapy.  Dr. Martin is particularly interested in the identification and treatment of anxiety disorders.

Lisa Martin, Ph.D. - Empower Assessments


The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology

Honors for Doctoral Defense, October 1993

Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology, February 1989


University of Illinois, Chicago, Illinois

Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, August 1985

Minor concentration in Social Psychology


Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology,

General and Departmental Honors, May 1982



Individual National Research Service Award, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Mental Health. Awarded for conduct of doctoral dissertation research. January 1991 - December 1991.


Board of Trustees Scholarship, Catholic University, September 1986 - May 1989.


Graduate Assistantship and Scholarship, University of Illinois, September 1983 - June 1985.


Vassar College Scholarship, September 1978 - May 1982.


Oxford University, Junior Year Abroad Program. Competitively selected to participate. Taught second grade at a local school while attending Oxford University. Fall 1980.


New York Regents Scholarship, September 1978 - May 1982.



Director. Empower Assessments, LLC. Oversees and conducts neuropsychological evaluations of children and young adults with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other developmental and emotional concerns.

Coordinates Cogmed Working Memory Training (CWMT), a web-based program to improve attention and working memory skills. January, 2015 - present.


Director. W.O.W! Memory Clinic, LLC (working on working memory). Coordinated Cogmed Working Memory Training (CWMT), Responsible for all managerial decisions, supervised coaches, interviewed potential candidates, and ensured effective customer relations. 2008 - 2014.


Licensed Psychologist. William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., and Associates. Specialized in the neuropsychological evaluation of children with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other developmental and emotional concerns. Conducted individual and family psychotherapy. 1996 - 2014.


Psychology Associate.

Eugene Chiaverini and Associates. Conducted psychotherapy with children and families. Performed psychological assessments. 1995-1996.


Psychology Associate.

Specific Diagnostics. Conducted intellectual assessments for school admissions testing with pre-schoolers through adolescents. 1993-1995.


Clinical Psychology Intern.

Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Baltimore Area Consortium. Rotations included inpatient psychiatry, mental hygiene clinic, inpatient substance abuse, health psychology, and day treatment center. September 1991 - August1993.


Clinical Psychology Extern. Catholic University Counseling Center. Conducted psychotherapy with graduate and undergraduate students. August 1989 - May 1990.


Marital Therapy Practicum Student. Catholic University. Worked with colleagues and supervisor to develop an intensive two day workshop for couples. Utilized a communication skills model of marital therapy. January 1990 - May 1990.


Child Therapy Practicum Student. Center for Child Services, Catholic University.

Trained in play therapy with children and collateral therapy with parents. September 1998 - May 1989.


Adolescent and Family Therapy Practicum Student. Greenbelt Cares, Greenbelt, Maryland. Conducted family therapy in the Greenbelt community. August 1988 - July 1989.


Counselor. Community Living for the Autistic, New Egypt, New Jersey. Constructed and enforced individual behavior modification programs for adult autistic women. September 1986 - December 1986.



Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, Catholic University. Assisted in the graduate instruction of Statistical Methods One covering such topics as analysis of variance and data analysis. September 1986 - December 1986.


Teaching Assistant,

Department of Psychology, University of Illinois. Assisted in the undergraduate instruction of introductory psychology, social psychology, organizational psychology, and research methods. September 1983 - June 1985.


Instructor, Princeton Review, Princeton, New Jersey. Taught verbal review sessions to high school students preparing for college entrance examinations. January 1986 - August 1986.



Doctoral Dissertation.

Family alliances and adolescent functioning: An observational study of marital and parent-child relationships. Defended November 1992.


Coding Coordinator. Marriage and Family Studies Group. Catholic University. Constructed COMFI, the Codebook of Marital and Family Interaction, a coding system designed to capture a microanalytic understanding of family interactions. Developed and led a 4-6 week training program in the use of COMFI. June 1989 - June 1990.


Research Associate. Marriage and Family Studies Group, Catholic University. Collected and analyzed data for an NIMH funded research project studying family communication processes and the effects of parental illness upon family functioning. Responsibilities included interviewing parents and their adolescent children, construction of questionnaires, recruitment, and conducting families through an elaborate research paradigm. September 1987 - May 1989.


Master’s Research Thesis.

Department of Psychology, Catholic University. Sex differences in physiological responses to stress: A contributing factor in understanding marital interaction. September 1987 - May 1988.


Master’s Research Thesis.

Department of Psychology, University of Illinois. Attributions and intended job search behaviors of rejected job applicants. September 1984 - June 1985.



Notarius, C.I., Pellegrini, D.S., & Martin, L.A. (1990). The Codebook of Marital and Family Interaction (COMFI). Unpublished manuscript.




Maryland Psychological Association.

American Psychological Association.




Psychologist in the State of Maryland, 1995 - Present, License Number 03212.


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