Hello, I'm Jana Parker
My goals are to help families better understand their student's strengths and weaknesses, navigate the educational system, implement recommendations and interventions, and help teens and young adults develop executive and transition skills. I empower both students and their parents with tools and support and consider myself a wellness coach for education.
Jana Parker, MS, LEP, ABSNP, ADHD-CCSP
Learning that your child is struggling at school is anxiety provoking and navigating the educational system is challenging. My goal through assessment and coaching is to answer your questions about how your child learns and provide recommendations and strategies to help them thrive. The purpose of Mind by Design, Inc. is to provide quality services to children and their families in a way that is compassionate and empowering so that they are held accountable and grow. I founded this practice out of my passion for the work and the families I serve.
I graduated with Bachelor's Degree. in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2000 and my Master's Degree. in School Psychology from San Francisco State University. I have been a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP) since 2011 and actively practicing since 2013. I began my private practice career at the Center for Developing Minds and left only to open Mind by Design, Inc. in January 2020. I have worked with every population of student with special needs from preschool through adulthood and mild to severe. I continue to work in public education as an administrator for special education programs after serving over a decade as a school psychologist, having started in the public schools in 2006. Because of my experience in the public education system, I am prepared to support families in navigating the educational system, whether in the public or private domain.
I continued my education after graduate school and became a Board-Certified School Neuropsychologist (ABSNP) and a Certified ADHD Professional (ADHD-CCSP). I have participated in professional panels for families at Parents Helping Parents and provided numerous workshops for various school districts and private schools, the Santa Clara County Association of School Psychologists (SCCASP), the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP), and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Additionally, I served as a Subject Matter Expert for the State of California, reviewing the examination for licensing educational psychologists through the Board of Behavioral Sciences. I consult with school districts supporting their staff, assisting with cases, and I am available for Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs).
Besides evaluating for learning disabilities (dyslexia/dysgraphia/dyscalculia), ADHD, processing issues, mood disorders, autism spectrum disorder and other diagnoses that interfere with learning, I have a passion for coaching students in developing their executive skills and preparing for adulthood. Coaching is action-oriented and goal based and focuses on building independence, career exploration, and post secondary exploration and counseling. I take a three-pronged approach tying in self-management and logistics, health and wellness, and emotional control/self regulation.