Dr. Cara Soccorso
Dr. Cara Soccorso received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA, where she concentrated in clinical psychology and minored in French language. She obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from William James College in Newton, MA, formerly the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. She received an APA-accredited predoctoral internship in psychological assessment through the Leon O. Brenner Center for Psychological Assessment and Consultation in Newton, MA, where she provided comprehensive neuropsychological and psychological evaluations, as well as Rhode Island College, where she provided evidence-based counseling for students. Her two-year postdoctoral fellowship was completed at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Developmental Medicine in Boston, MA, where she remained as an attending psychologist for many years.
Dr. Soccorso is a pediatric psychologist specializing in the assessment and testing of children, adolescents, and young adults. Her professional interests are assessing for neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, and ADHD. She is also particularly interested in early detection of autism in young children. Dr. Soccorso is experienced in collaborating with early intervention specialists, medical providers, and school personnel, which facilitates practical recommendations to help individuals make meaningful progress. Dr. Soccorso is the first author of the recent publication Quality of Life and Family Impact in Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Co-occurring Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.