Meet the Team

David Murphy, M.Ed., Ed.D.


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Dr. Murphy became attuned to the challenges many students face through his twenty years of work in the field of special education supporting the needs of students with a wide range of disabilities. Dr. Murphy taught for more than a decade before becoming a school administrator, ultimately running private specialized schools for children with Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorders, Learning Disabilities and Social Anxiety Disorders. 

​After completing his doctorate, Dr. Murphy combined his extensive experience within schools with his advanced degree training and began consulting directly to families, students and adults. He consults with families and addresses the needs of students in all grade levels who have been diagnosed with such challenges as Asperger’s Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (NVLD), Social/Emotional Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities (LD) and students who simply struggle with time management and organization.

Dr. Murphy received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education from the University of Connecticut. He earned a second master’s degree in special education administration from Southern Connecticut State University.  He completed his studies at Northeastern University where he earned a doctoral degree in education. He currently lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts with his wife and two young children. He is an avid runner and loves spending time with his family and friends. 

​Kerri Szafran, M.Ed.

ADHD / EF Coach / Academic Coach

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After completing her Masters Degree in Counseling from Boston College, Kerri Szafran began her career at Blue Hills Regional High School. She worked there for two years before joining Duxbury High School’s Guidance Department. There she worked with both middle and high school students. She specialized in homework support groups, lunch bunch groups, and managing the 504 Plans of all of her students. She was the student’s advocate, and managed a caseload of over 150 students. She helped bring the Link Crew Program to Duxbury High School, an orientation program for transitioning middle school students to high school. In addition to working as an Academic Coach for Effective Effort Consulting, she is currently a Behavioral Therapist, working with young children with Autism executing early intervention strategies such as ABA.  Her specialties for coaching include working with ADHD/ADD students, students on the Autism Spectrum, and helping students who struggle with organization and study habits. Lost Mountain Expedition!  Kerri lives in Duxbury with her husband and two young girls. She enjoys skiing in the winter with her family and having as much beach time as possible in the summer. She is also an avid golfer and runner.

​Judi Johnson, M.Ed.

ADHD / EF Coach / Academic Coach / Parent Coach

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Serving Scituate, Hingham and Norwell.

Judi Johnson M.Ed., Executive Function Coach, loves empowering kids, their parents, and adults through the teaching of executive function skills:  time management, organization, prioritizing, goal setting and managing big emotions.  She started out as a teacher but realized that her favorite lessons were the ones that helped kids with their life skills:  organizing materials, using time effectively and seeing the big picture in life. So she changed her focus from teaching individual subjects to teaching individuals to realize their true potential. In addition to private coaching sessions, she has enjoyed teaching executive function classes, workshops, and weekly groups.

Judi earned a B.A. in Psychology at The University of Rutgers; an M.Ed. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education at The Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, and completed Executive Function Skills in the School & Classroom for Regular and Special Educators at All Grade Levels at Endicott College.  She also has a certification in “Stress Reduction, relaxation and Mediation”. Judi has lived in Scituate for nine years with her husband, two kids, and dog, Magic. She finds that teaching aqua aerobics has been a fun way to keep in shape, and loves boating, skiing and cooking healthy delicious meals for her family.

Jaime Joyce, M.Ed.

ADHD / EF Coach / Academic Coach

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Serving Duxbury, Plymouth, and Cape Cod.


Jaime Joyce, M. Ed., is the Academic Support Coordinator at Notre Dame Academy. She is licensed Massachusetts History Teacher and has classroom teacher and instructional assistant experience at the elementary, middle and high school levels and has experience co-teaching in a high school inclusion classroom. Jaime has provided learning, social and behavior support to students with autism spectrum disorder, executive function disorder, dyslexia and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Jaime earned her undergraduate degree at Loyola University in New Orleans and her Masters in Education at American International College. Jaime lives in Duxbury with her husband and twins boys. In her free time, Jaime loves traveling the world with her family and going to the beach.

Matt Bloomberg, MSW

ADHD / EF Coach / Academic Coach

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Serving Milton, Needham, Canton, Dedham, Norwood and Westwood.

Matt Bloomberg is a licensed Certified Social Worker for the state of Massachusetts. (LCSW). As a cognitive-behavioral inspired clinician, Matt has clinically worked with children and families in a high school and outpatient setting, as well as non-clinically in a private elementary school. Matt received his bachelors of social work and sociology from Castleton University in Vermont. After earning his Masters of Social work from Simmons’s University, he worked as an outpatient therapist providing psychotherapy to children and adults. He currently serves individuals with Neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum and ADHD, as well as clients battling dyslexia, speech disorders, and other cognitive deficits. Matt lives with his fiancé and French Bulldog in Norwood, Massachusetts. In his free time, he enjoys staying physically active, spending time with friends, or traveling with his fiancé.

Candace Psaros, M.Ed.

ADHD / EF Coach / Academic Coach

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Serving Weymouth, Hingham, Pembroke, Kingston and Plymouth.

Candace Psaros is a Reading and Math Interventionist in Weymouth, MA. Candace earned her undergraduate degree at Framingham State University where she majored in English. She completed a Master’s in Education at Bridgewater State University. Candace is a highly motivated, detailed, and results-oriented coach who is also warm and compassionate, energetic and enthusiastic. She has 7 years of experience working with elementary and middle school students. She currently teaches at the elementary school level in the areas of Reading and Math. Candace enjoys working with students one-on-one and in small groups. Through her years of working with elementary and middle school students, Candace has developed skills, tools, and strategies to help young students learn and thrive. Her coaching process is strengths based. She helps clients identify their strengths, barriers to those strengths, and then creative solutions to overcome those barriers. She wants every client to leave their sessions feeling positive and empowered. Candace lives in Pembroke with her husband, three kids, and their dog Alex. She enjoys cooking, biking, and spending time with her family.

Meghan Leary, M.Ed.

ADHD / EF Coach / Academic Coach

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Serving Hingham, Norwell, Hanover and Pembroke.

Meghan Leary, M.Ed.. Ed.S.,  is a school psychologist with a background working with children from pre-k through the highschool level. Meghan earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts in Psychology. She received her Master’s degree and Educational Specialist designation in School Psychology from Worcester State University.  Meghan currently works in Middleborough, MA, where she supports and empowers middle school students facing a variety of challenges. Her focus has been on assisting students in developing the self-regulation skills necessary for navigating the demands of life both within and outside of the academic environment.  Meghan has extensive knowledge of the IEP and 504 process, and has been responsible for referral, assessment, development, implementation, and monitoring outcomes. Meghan lives in Pembroke, MA. She enjoys spending time at the beach, cooking, running, and trying to keep up with her dog, Tess.

Carolyn Hofford, M.S., CCC-SLP

ADHD / EF Coach / Academic Coach

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Carolyn received her Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Vermont in 2009. Since working as a Speech and Language Pathologist, she has enjoyed helping kids (including her own) aged 5 - 18 break down complicated processes and make the abstract concrete. As her role as the lead Speech and Language Pathologist at a therapeutic day school in Hingham, she specializes in helping children who have social/emotional difficulties and associated learning challenges. For the past seven years, Carolyn has worked side-by-side with Counselors, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Behaviorists, and Special Educators on a multi-disciplinarian team to help both families of children with learning differences and children with learning differences find success academically and socially. She has completed advanced level training in areas of Social Thinking and Executive Function, as these are the top two areas of need in the population in which she serves. When Carolyn is not working, she can usually be found at the beach, hiking, skiing or, and most likely, driving her kids around the South Shore to various sporting and music activities.

Katherine Knight, M.Ed.

Executive Function Coach / Academic Coach / Writing Tutor
Katherine Knight

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Serving Syracuse and New England Area via Google Hangout


Katherine Knight is an executive function coach with a passion for helping high school, college students, and struggling writers. She has experience working with students with autism spectrum, ADHD, dyslexia, executive function, anxiety/depression, behavioral and social-emotional challenges, and supporting 504 and IEP plans. Her expertise includes teaching reading comprehension skills, writing skills, time-management skills, and organizational strategies. At Syracuse University, she worked as an instructional assistant in conjunction with the Office of Disability Services, the Tutoring Center, and Stevenson Academic Center. She spent five years as a learning specialist at Manlius Pebble Hill School, an independent day school. She believes that students respond best when thinking becomes active, tangible, and visible. She aims to help students identify and internalize a learning process that works for them. She pairs students with the tools they need to gain confidence and move toward academic independence. Katherine graduated with a Bachelor’s in English and history from Hamilton College and has a Master’s in English from SUNY Buffalo. She lives with her husband and young daughter in Syracuse, New York. She enjoys spending time with her family, coaching soccer, drawing and painting, a good book, and getting outdoors as often as possible.

Joe Pumphrey, M.S. Ed.

Academic Strategies Teacher / Academic Coach

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Serving Scituate, Marshfield, Hull, Cohasset, Duxbury, Norwell, Quincy and Weymouth.

Joe Pumphrey, M.S. Ed., is an Academic Strategies teacher at Scituate High School with over 10 years experience working with students of all ability levels from middle school through high school. Joe received his undergraduate degree from Providence College with a major in Sociology. He then completed his Masters of Science in Education from Simmons University and is currently a doctoral candidate in Northeastern University’s Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Leadership program. Prior to starting his doctorate Joe coached football, winter track, and baseball at Scituate High School for five years. Joe has a passion for helping others reach their goals and overcome obstacles along the way. As an Academic Strategies teacher Joe teaches executive functioning skills to students and supports them along the way as they learn to become independent in these areas. He has also co-taught high school courses in Algebra, Geometry, English, U.S. and World History, and Biology. Joe lives in Quincy with his fiancé and dog and loves spending his free time with family and friends, exercising and watching sports.

Jeremiah Baker, LMSW

Executive Function Coach
Jeremiah Baker

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Serving Connecticut - Cheshire, West Hartford, Wallingford, Glastonbury.


Jeremiah Baker, LMSW is a school social worker who specializes in coaching students who struggle with emotional and academic challenges. Whether it’s middle school, high school, or college students, he works with the students to overcome their emotional barriers and teaches them how to utilize self-regulation strategies and executive function strategies so that they can achieve their personal and academic goals. He also works as a mental health worker on the child and adolescent psychiatric units at a local hospital. Jeremiah began his career working at a private, outplacement school setting where he taught writing skills and math skills to students in a self-contained classroom for five years. He then transitioned into the role of a therapeutic foster parent whose mission was to transition adolescent females out of the state hospitals and help them reintegrate into a home setting in their local community. Over the next ten years Jeremiah ran group homes for individuals involved in DCF, DMHAS, and DDS care. Jeremiah completed his Master’s in Social Work degree from UCONN in 2019. He lives in Wallingford, CT with his wife and two cats. In his free time, he enjoys freelance editing, reading classic works of literature, riding his motorcycle, and tinkering with Volkswagens.

Kate Halsey, MSW

ADHD / EF Coach / Academic Coach / Parent Coach
Kate Halsey

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Serving the Connecticut area, New Haven County, Fairfield Country, and remotely worldwide.


Kate Halsey, MSW specializes in supporting and guiding students and families to bridge educational and mental health support. She delivers individual coaching for young adults in the areas of executive function skill development, academic skill development, and resilience development. Her expertise extends to supporting students parents who are navigating the needs of neurodiverse learners and complex mental health scenarios. Kate has held a variety of roles in the mental health and education sectors, including Licensed Clinical Therapist at the Yale Child Study Center and UPenn’s Center for Trauma and Recovery. She has held positions as a School Counselor, Dean of Students, and Assistant Head of Upper School for Student Life at Phoenix Country Day School. She is a graduate of the National Association of Independent Schools Aspiring Heads Fellowship and is a certified yoga teacher. Kate has a BA from Carleton College in Northfield, MN and an MSW from Southern Connecticut State University. Kate can often be found hiking and trail running, at flea markets and thrift shops, and dancing to hip-hop.

Courtney Edman

Parent Coach / Executive Function Coach
Courtney Edman

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Serving Boston, Framingham, Natick, Ashland, Newton, Sudbury, Wayland.

Courtney is a 2e Parent Coach who understands the challenges that parents and professionals face educating and parenting a twice-exceptional child. She has spent the last 20 years helping her own children, including her 17-year old child who is 2e, navigate the joys and challenges of life: family, friends, school, sports, internships, college, and jobs. Courtney masterfully blends her personal background with a professional passion for coaching parents and families and is committed to making a difference in the lives of others who face the challenges, uncertainties and obstacles of raising, educating, and launching a 2e child. Courtney earned her Bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University in 1993, and went on to complete a Master’s of Science degree at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1997. She received her license as a physical therapist shortly after graduation in 1997, and ever since, has been coaching a variety of patients and their families to achieve their individualized treatment goals based on their own unique set of strengths and challenges. In addition to treating her own patients, she also coaches other physical therapists to help them meet the needs of their patients. She looks forward to expanding her role as a coach with Effective Effort Consulting, and is particularly interested in working with twice-exceptional students and their families. In addition to her work with EEC, she has also recently become involved with the newly established Chris Walsh Center for Families and Educators at Framingham State University as well as with the Massachusetts Association for Gifted Education.

Courtney lives in Framingham, MA. with her husband, two teenage children, and her faithful walking companion and dog, Baxter. She is periodically blessed to have her college-aged daughter at home with them, too. When not coaching, Courtney can be found competing on the tennis court, getting her feet in the sand or the ocean, or spending time with family and friends, near and far.

Kara Anderson

Executive Function Coach / Academic Coach / Life Skills Coach
Kara Anderson

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Serving Plymouth, Marshfield, Cape Cod, Greater Boston via Google Hangout.


Kara Anderson is a special education teacher and executive function coach in Massachusetts. Kara understands the dynamic challenges that students encounter. Whether it's helping students manage their technology or the writing process, Kara has seen it all. Coach Kara has years of experience helping students with ADHD and executive function deficits learn study skills and academic strategies to manage and prioritize the learning demands, from middle school through college. She has experience with subjects like Chemistry, History, and English. Kara is a licensed Massachusetts Special Education and English Teacher for grades 5-12. Kara is currently employed as a high school special education teacher. She earned her bachelor's degree at Bridgewater State University and is working towards her Master's degree. Kara lives in Marshfield, MA. She enjoys going to the beach, spending time with friends, family, and trying new restaurants.

Ashley Adams, MS.

Academic Coaching, Executive Function Coaching, Life Skills Coaching
Ashley Adams

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Serving Connecticut and California


Ashley Adams is joining the EEC executive function coaching team to help middle school, high school, and college student-athletes reach their full potential. Ashley enjoys coaching students and young adults through the executive function skill development process and overcoming the emotional challenges of managing school, and life. She loves coaching students struggling to effectively juggle the life of a student-athlete. She specializes in motivational interviewing, academic coaching, growth-mindset coaching, and helping student-athletes transition into a successful college life.

Ashley began her career working in group homes for individuals involved in DCF, DMHAS, and DDS. She then worked in re-entry programs for individuals with both mental health and substance abuse issues. Later, she worked in emergency rooms connecting patients to appropriate levels of care for their mental health issues.

Ashley is also a graduating Division 1 basketball player from Quinnipiac University, where she struggled with executive functioning and her mindset, later causing a decline in mental health and barely graduating. Through her post-graduate work in Poland and Greece, she taught herself to employ a growth mindset and utilize organizational skills to excel in her studies. Through working with refugees in Greece’s club soccer teams, she found her way back to her passion in working with student-athletes, and empowering young adults.

Ashley lives in Connecticut and California, where she is pursuing a second Master’s degree in Social Work. In her free time, she enjoys weightlifting, hiking, and exploring national parks.