Meet The Staff
Josh J. Smith, Psyd, NCSP, ABSNP
Dr. Smith is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Diplomate in School Neuropsychology in Arizona who specializes in evaluating and treating children, adolescents, and young adults with neuropsychological disorders in the school setting including processing deficits, attention-deficit disorder (ADHD), learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), seizure disorders, head injuries, fetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD) anxiety, depression, foster children and twice-exceptional (2e) learners in the gifted range.
He has worked with a variety of individuals, from school aged children to the adult population with a vast range of concerns performing school neuropsychological evaluations, psychoeducational evaluations, and gifted assessments. With evidence based evaluations, this allows Dr. Smith to assess a person’s strengths and weaknesses leading to individualized interventions and treatment plans.
Dr. Smith welcomes the opportunity to discuss specific areas of concern with you and for your child within the family construct to provide evaluation assessments, goal planning, and any other further referrals if needed. Common concerns provided by a consultative role include improving coping and problem solving skills, reducing anxiety, managing impulse control disorders, social skills, and independent skills.
“I enjoy working closely with parents and their children to improve successful outcomes related to self-esteem, social/emotional well-being, peer relationships, social skills, transitioning into adulthood, and overall school performance.”
School Evaluations | Neuropsychology | Twice-Exceptional Learners | Special Education Services
2018 Argosy University / School Psychology, Psy.D.
2014 Northern Arizona University / School Psychology, Ed.S.
2010 Arizona State University / Special Education, B.A.E.
Court Appointed Special Advocates / CASA of Arizona
American Board of School Neuropsychology, ABSNP / School Neuropsych Post-Graduate Cert Program
National Association of School Psychologist, NASP / Nationally Certified School Psychologist, NCSP
American Board of School Neuropsychology, ABSNP
Arizona Association of School Psychologist, AASP
Arizona Psychological Association, AZPA
National Association of School Psychologist, NASP
Laura Hickman, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC
NP Hickman is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner graduating from the University of Iowa, Saint Louis University, and is in the process of completing her Doctoral of Nursing Practice degree. Active in several organizations –a member of Sigma Theta Tau, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Nurses Association as well as served as a preceptor to Arizona State University and University of Arizona Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner students.
She has a wide variety of experience with behavioral health diagnosis' working in complex settings for clients of all ages and illnesses. She excels at assessing, diagnosing, performing psychiatric evaluations, and utilizing medication management. She is compassionate, ethical, and relies on evidence-based treatments.
NP Hickman services clients via telemedicine in live time, or in face-to face visits for ages six through the lifespan.
"I'm compassionate about caring for psychiatric patients and advocating for optimal client outcomes, knowledgeable toward therapeutic principles with sensitivity for individual differences. I encompass an ethical approach with medication and rely on evidence-based treatments to help assist patients in managing their behavioral health concerns so that they may thrive."
Psychiatric Evaluation | Psychiatric Medicine Management
2020 Abilene Christian University / Doctoral Student of Nursing Practice, DNP
2013 Saint Louis University / Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, FPMHNP
2003 University of Iowa / Nursing, BSN
American Nurses Credentialing Center, ANCC / Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board Certification, PMHNP-BC
American Association of Nurse Practitioners, AANP
American Nurses Association, ANA
American Psychiatric Nurses Association, APNA
Arizona Nurses Association, AZNA
Coalition of Arizona Nurses in Advanced Practice, CAZNAP
Phoenix Area Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (Social Group), Founder
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Shannon Wilke, M.M.
Mrs. Wilke discovered a passion for disability rights while working with children with autism in college and went on to work in Disability Services Management in higher education. She spent over a decade advocating for disabled students, training university staff and faculty, coaching teams and the disabled student population, all while ensuring Disability Law Compliance was enforced. She has successfully led teams responsible for the creation and implementation of countless accommodations as well as having personal experience navigating her own son's Individualized Education Program (IEP) in the Elementary Education setting.
She assists with consulting and coaching services, meeting support, and general navigation of the special education system. Mrs. Wilke has brought training and coaching to families touched by disability, and helps to bridge the gap between the child’s needs and the accommodations and services provided in their schools.
“I strive to assist families in discovering their disability rights in an educational setting –regardless of obstacles. Helping others create and reach their goals is exceptionally moving to me.”
Educational Advocacy | Disability Support and Consulting | Life Coaching and Training
2006 University of Phoenix / Management, M.M.
2003 Arizona State University / English, B.A.
DIRECTOR OF ADMIN SERVICES
Nicole has spent the last 19 years working with children. Teaching preschool was what sparked Nicole’s love for helping children with behavioral challenges. Now as a mom to 7, she has become immersed in her own world of meeting the individual needs of her children. Four of her children were adopted from the AZ Foster Care system. The challenges she faced with navigating the special education system lead her to start a non-profit. Advocacy 31nine advocates for the educational success of children impacted by foster care (trauma) in Arizona.
“I believe that understanding someone’s story is paramount to being able to help them. I am driven by relationships with people. I am relentless in the pursuit of making things right for people who cannot fight that battle on their own. My desire for justice for the vulnerable has led me to want to work in any setting where children who are in need are being equipped for success in life. At my core I am a helper and I want to help see children become happy and healthy individuals. ”
2005 Mesa Community College / Child Development
Current Liberty University
2018 Community Resilience Initiative (CRI) / Trauma Informed
EDUCATIONAL / TRANSITION SPECIALIST
Andrea Christ, M.Ed
Andrea has over 40 years of experience working in public education as a Special Education Teacher, Special Education Program Specialist and as a Teacher Trainer at the college level. She has an extensive background in assessment, instructional planning, the Arizona State College and Career Readiness Standards, IEP writing and Special Education compliance.
“My passion has always included connecting young individuals to real-world outcomes. This helps students understand why what they’re learning is useful beyond school. As an educator, I realize that it is important to address more than just academic needs. Also essential is character education, social/emotional skills, self-advocacy, executive functioning skills, study skills and transition skills just to name a few.”
Transition Coach | Social Skill Training| Executive Functioning Training | Psychometric|
Arizona State University/ Elementary Education M.Ed.
Arizona State University/Special Education B.S.Ed.