Meet the Team

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

President
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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
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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
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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.

Melanie Shaw, M.Ed.

ADHD / EF Coach
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Serving Bridgewater, Hanson, Abington, Hanover, Halifax and Kingston.

Melanie began her career working in a non-profit agency as a Program Manager servicing educationally at-risk youth. Realizing that this was education was her passion, she completed her M.Ed. in Education with a concentration in School Guidance. She has worked in both the vocational and comprehensive high school settings as a Guidance Counselor. She has worked for the last 13 years as a School Administrator, overseeing the Special Education, Career Services and Guidance Department. She is responsible for the educational needs of all students in her district. Melanie diligently works to ensure all students are provided with the tools necessary to be successful in school and upon graduation. She enjoys working with parents and students, one on one or in a group setting to set and meet goals. She is well versed in Special Education goals and 504 Accommodation Plans. Melanie lives in West Bridgewater with her husband. She enjoys boating, hiking, and physical fitness with her husband and dog, Louie.

Meghan Leary, M.Ed.

ADHD / EF 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.

Jaime Joyce, M.Ed.

ADHD / EF Coach
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Jaime Joyce, M. Ed., is a licensed Massachusetts History Teacher. She 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, twins boys and dog. In her free time, Jaime loves traveling the world with her family and going to the beach.

Matt Bloomberg, MSW

ADHD / EF 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
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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.

Victoria Sulser, M.Ed.

​ADHD/EF Coach
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Victoria Sulser is a native of Massachusetts who grew up on the South Shore and now resides in Hopkinton, MA. She earned her undergraduate degree through Mount Holyoke and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she majored in History and Education. She completed a Masters in Education at Northeastern University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Education at University of Massachusetts Boston. Victoria has worked as an elementary and middle school teacher and currently teaches eighth grade special education in Natick, MA. She comes to EEC with a passion for student learning and expertise in writing. Over the past several years Victoria has coached students in study and organization skills, test prep, and implementing EF support plans and strategies. Victoria specializes in helping middle school students be confident and ready for high school. In her free time, she enjoys family time spent on Cape Cod, running, and reading mystery novels.

Carolyn Hofford, M.S., CCC-SLP

ADHD / EF 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.

Jeanne Morton, M.Ed.

ADHD / EF Coach
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Jeanne Morton earned her Bachelors and Master Degree in Education from Suffollk University. She has over twenty years of experience coaching and tutoring students that range in age from eight to fifty-eight. Most recently, she was a reading comprehension and writing tutor at the Fluency Factory in Cohasset. Jeanne has had a diverse career in the educational field. She worked in the higher education arena for over sixteen years. During that time, she held the positions of Director of the Ballotti Learning Center, Master Lecturer in the Communication and Journalism department, and Assistant to the Academic Provost. She has returned to her true love of working one on one with students; aiding them to achieve their academic and personal goals. Jeanne uses her knowledge and experience in executive functioning, coaching, and tutoring to help students feel prepared and successful in their day to day lives. In her free time, Jeanne loves to spend time in her art studio creating, dreaming, and relaxing.