Bridgeway Academy’s Office of Psychological Services is located in the Middle School Skills Center. The team provides support to the center’s teachers, students and families through classroom observation, individual student consultations and participation in small group and collaborative therapy sessions. The Academy’s psychologists provide student evaluations and partner with classroom teachers to find solutions for challenging situations. The team also provides Psychological, Developmental and Diagnostic Assessments for families, leading to better diagnosis and treatment strategies.
Psychological, Developmental and Diagnostic Assessments
Early intervention is important, especially for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Developmental evaluations can not only help to identify ASD in children, they can also provide information for interventions designed to help children reach their full potential both at home and at school. The doctoral level, licensed psychologists at Bridgeway Academy and an interdisciplinary team of certified/licensed speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists provide assessments for children with suspected developmental disabilities, from toddlers to adolescents. All developmental, behavioral, cognitive, and/or academic achievement assessments are completed by staff with many years of experience working with children with developmental delays.
The psychologists at Bridgeway Academy use a variety of instruments and focused interviews with parents and caregivers, as well as structured and unstructured play-based observations and interactions with the child, to provide a foundation for a complete portrait of the child. The Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale, Second Edition (ADOS-II) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview Scale-Revised (ADI-R) are gold standards in autism diagnosis, and the psychologists at Bridgeway Academy are certified ADOS assessment providers. Comprehensive written reports are provided to parents and results, diagnosis (if warranted), and individualized recommendations are explained and carefully reviewed with parents and caregivers. Progress monitoring is also provided at Bridgeway Academy in order to identify areas of growth, to determine efficacy of current treatment plans, and/or to recommend modifications to treatment.
The waitlist for an evaluation is roughly 2 weeks; however, please call (614-262-7520) for updated information. This is a significantly shorter wait time than comparable providers in the area (typical hours are M-F, 8:00a-4:00p). Bridgeway Academy can accommodate the initial evaluation and reevaluation needs of students who are currently enrolled in our program, as well as outside referrals (no formal referral is required). Assessments for a learning disability, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, anxiety, depression, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder are also available upon request as our psychologists have extensive previous experience working as school psychologists in public school districts in addition to the clinical setting.
Meet our Psychological Services Team
Lindsay Fletcher, Ph.D.
Lindsay Fletcher, Ph.D., serves as a psychologist at Bridgeway Academy. She joined the Bridgeway Academy team in August, 2012. Currently, Lindsey serves as a member of the Marketing and Development Committee. This committee plans and supports fundraising events throughout the year that support the mission of Bridgeway Academy.
Prior to joining Bridgeway Academy, Dr. Fletcher worked as a school psychologist for a large, urban school district, as an ABA therapist for Central Ohio families, and as a mental health consultant for the Central Ohio Child Development Council. She also worked with individuals with disabilities at the collegiate level as a part of The Ohio State University’s Office for Disability Services. In the past, Dr. Fletcher taught undergraduate psychology courses at Capital University and a graduate level neuropsychology course at OSU. She has presented her research locally throughout the state of Ohio and nationally in Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, and San Francisco, CA. In 2014, Dr. Fletcher was a field researcher for the national re-standardization of the ABAS-3 (an adaptive behavior rating scale) and was selected by the authors of the study to present data in Orlando, FL, and Toronto, Canada on how this tool can be used to evaluate, monitor progress, and create treatment plans for individuals affected by an ASD. Additionally, she has two research publications in the academic journal School Psychology: From Science to Practice.
Dr. Fletcher completed bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology as well as her masters and doctoral coursework in the area of school psychology at the Ohio State University. She completed advanced practicum training in autism evaluation and diagnosis within OSU’s Nisonger Center’s diagnostic clinic, and completed her post-doctoral work for licensure in several settings, including urban public schools, ABA therapy in homes, and at Bridgeway Academy. Dr. Fletcher lives in Westerville, Ohio with her husband, Patrick, and enjoys crafting and completing DIY projects in her spare time.
Julie Henzel, PsyD, Psychologist
Dr. Henzel is a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist with over 10 years of experience working in the psychology field. She holds a Master’s of Arts degree in School Psychology from The Ohio State University and a Doctorate of Psychology in School Psychology from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Henzel completed a pre-doctoral internship in child clinical psychology (American Psychological Association accredited) at Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Canton, Ohio and a postdoctoral fellowship in intellectual and developmental disabilities psychology at Ohio State’s Nisonger Center. Prior to joining Bridgeway Academy in 2011, Dr. Henzel worked in school, clinical, and specialty autism centers.
In her current role, Dr. Henzel offers psychological services such as counseling, assessment, parent education, and consultation to both the students of Bridgeway Academy and the community at large. In addition to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dr. Henzel is experienced in assessing and treating a range conditions in children and adolescents such as ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, learning problems, depression, and anxiety disorders. She also holds expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy.
Dr. Henzel lives in Dublin, Ohio with her husband, daughter and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with her family, singing, and traveling in her spare time.