The Psychology team offers services to both Bridgeway Academy students and families, as well as to individuals within the community (ages early childhood through early adulthood).
Psychology services may take the form of assessments, consultations, classroom observations, individual student therapy sessions, small group social skills groups, and collaborative therapy sessions (e.g., co-treating with a music therapist or speech therapist).
Skills targeted in therapy may include social skills, emotion regulation, coping strategies, impulse control, anxiety/mood management, and executive functioning. Parent training/education is also offered.
Psychological, Developmental, and Diagnostic Assessments
The Bridgeway Academy psychologists specialize in evaluating for autism and developmental disabilities and are trained in the Autism Diagnostic Observation System (the gold standard for autism diagnosis). The psychologists are also experienced in assessing for other conditions such as ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, learning disabilities, and anxiety and mood disorders. Assessment services include initial diagnostic assessments, progress monitoring, evaluation for co-occurring conditions/new concerns, and Independent Educational Evaluations.
After the assessments are completed, comprehensive written reports are provided to parents and results, which includes diagnosis (if warranted), and individualized recommendations. Results and recommendations are explained and carefully reviewed with parents and caregivers. The Psychology Team is also available to consult with ETR/IEP teams on assessment results as requested.
The waitlist for starting an evaluation is roughly 4-8 weeks. The Psychology Department accepts funding from the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, several insurance plans, and self-pay.
Please call 614-262-7520 for more information on the current waitlist and payment forms accepted.
Meet our Psychological Services Team
Nicole Benson, Ph.D., NCSP, Psychologist
Dr. Benson is a licensed psychologist and a nationally certified school psychologist with over eight years of experience working in the psychology field. She holds a Master’s of Arts degree and a Doctoral degree in School Psychology from The Ohio State University. Dr. Benson completed her advanced practicum at a private clinic that specialized in providing individualized services to families and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities. She also completed a pre-doctoral internship in Columbus City Schools and a postdoctoral fellowship at Bridgeway Academy. In her spare time, Dr. Benson enjoys being outside with her children, traveling to new places, and spending time with family and friends.
Lindsay Fletcher, Ph.D., NCSP, Psychologist
Dr. Fletcher is a licensed psychologist and a nationally certified school psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She holds a Master’s of Arts degree and a Doctoral degree in School Psychology from The Ohio State University. Dr. Fletcher completed an advanced practicum at OSU’s Nisonger Center Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic and a pre-doctoral internship in South Western City Schools (Grove City, Ohio). Her post-doctoral fellowships took place through private practice supervised ABA home teams and at Bridgeway Academy. Prior to joining Bridgeway Academy in 2012, Dr. Fletcher worked as an ABA therapist for families throughout Central Ohio, as a mental health consultant for Head Start, and as a graduate administrative associate at OSU’s Office for Disability Services. She has worked with individuals ranging from preschool age through adulthood with a range of needs. In her spare time, Dr. Fletcher enjoys spending time with her husband and children and completing DIY projects.
Julie Henzel, PsyD, Psychologist | Dr. Henzel is a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist with over 15 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 University’s Nisonger Center. Prior to joining Bridgeway Academy in 2013, Dr. Henzel worked in school, clinical, and specialty autism centers where she served children and adolescents with a range of needs. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, travelling, and singing in a local choir.
Kynetta McFarlane, PsyD, Psychologist | Dr. McFarlane is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience working in the psychology field. She holds a Master’s of Arts and a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. Dr. McFarlane completed a pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology (American Psychological Association accredited) at Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Canton, Ohio and a postdoctoral fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to joining Bridgeway Academy in 2020, Dr. McFarlane worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital specializing in the assessment and treatment of trauma and gender diversity in children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. McFarlane has spoken throughout Ohio on issues related to trauma and currently is providing trainings on poverty and diversity through Case Western University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, traveling, dancing to Latin and African music, and community activism.