Jana Parker, MS, LEP, ABSNP, ADHD-CCSP
Clinical Director and Founder
Learning that your child is struggling at school is anxiety provoking and navigating the educational system is challenging. My goal through assessment 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 in 2006. 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 worked in public education as an administrator for special education programs from 2018-2022 after serving over a decade as a school psychologist. Because of my experience in the public education system, I am prepared to support families in navigating it, 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, as well as school psychology associations at the local, state, and national level. I am the 2022 President of the Santa Clara County Association of School Psychologists. I lead the only collaborative group of Licensed Educational Psychologists in the state, Empower LEP, where I support aspiring and current LEPs.
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 parents who have questions about the educational system and how to navigate it for their child. I help answer questions, provide guidance, and develop a plan.
When I'm not at my practice, I spend time with my family and my dogs. I enjoy physical fitness, good food, and being in nature.