May 2019

Devon MacEachron, PhD

Devon MacEachron, PhD

71 East 77th Street, #7C

New York, N.Y. 10075

(646) 612-0328

Tell us about your practice.

I have a private practice on the Upper East Side where I do neuropsych assessments and consultations with families. I have a pretty unique specialty – gifted and twice exceptional learners. I see regular kids as well, but I’m particularly knowledgeable about the interplay of high intelligence and learning challenges. Kids who are bright can often fly under the radar by compensating to some extent for their challenges, meanwhile growing more and more frustrated, anxious, and losing self-esteem. There is a lot of under-diagnosis and misdiagnosis in this area - even when a child doesn’t have any disorder.

Because best practices for twice exceptional learners involves uncovering and building the strengths-side of the equation, I focus a lot of time on testing and recommendations for talent enrichment. I’ve found this emphasis on what works - what excites the child and what their goals are for the future – is incredibly beneficial for all children.

What made you decide to open your own business?

I decided to go back to school in my 50’s to get a PhD specifically with the intention of opening a practice to do this kind of work. My own children are twice exceptional (they both have ADHD and dyslexia), and it was terribly difficult to find any professional who understood their complex needs. I’m trying to fill that gap. Starting my own business was necessary because there aren’t many existing practices who approach things through this lens.

What has been the most challenging aspect of building your business?

Getting established in New York City! I first opened an office in Madison, Connecticut and that grew relatively quickly – considering it was not near any major population of prospective clients. I thought when I shifted to New York that loads of high-achieving parents who thought their child might be gifted would be beating my door down. They didn’t, and it took me a while to figure things out. First, there are a lot of psychologists doing assessment work in New York. Second, the independent school “lists” are closely guarded and parents don’t often “go rogue” or “off list” to find their own psychologist. And third, there are so many pediatricians, tutors, and other specialists here it’s hard to establish a referral network.

What has been the most rewarding part of building your business?

Helping a lot of families. Changing a good number of children’s lives. It’s also been fun to increasingly be considered an expert and invited to do podcast interviews, webinars, speak at conferences, do TedX’s, write chapters in books, etc. And I have to be honest here – I find the intellectual challenge to be rewarding. Every child I work with is a complex puzzle I have the privilege of figuring out.

How has Private Practice Studio helped you in achieving your business goals?

Liz was instrumental in getting me active on social media. When I first started working with her I didn’t even have a personal Facebook or twitter account! It was a very steep learning curve, and she held my hand through it all. She suggested I start blogging, which I love doing as I like to write. The blog has really increased my visibility and led to other opportunities.

Anything else you would like us to know?

I was really surprised how powerful the internet can be for building a practice. While 50% of new clients come to me through a personal referral, the rest find me on the internet.

Devon MacEachron, PhD provides consultation services and comprehensive neuropsych and psychoeducational assessments.