WHO WE ARE


Office Manager

Marie Dean

Professional Staff
Kenneth B. Benedict, Ph.D.
Jake Godfrey, Ph.D.

Advisors and Consultants
Donald J. Stedman, Ph.D.
Darcy Berger, M.Ed.

Associations
Leigh C. Raynor, MS, CRC, LPC
Mary Jo Barnett, M.Ed.


Office Manager

Marie Dean

 

Ms. Marie Dean has been a part of the staff since CPE originated in November of 2004 as the Office Manager and Intake Coordinator. Prior to working at CPE, Ms. Dean worked at North Carolina Neuropsychiatry, in a similar capacity. She and her husband, Keith, moved to the area in September 1980 from Gastonia, NC. They have three grown children.

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Professional Staff

Kenneth B. Benedict, Ph.D.

 

Ken Benedict is Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Psychology & Education, PLLC. He is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Health Care Provider in North Carolina. His interests and specialties include: psychological, psychoeducational, and developmental neuropsychological assessment with students who are three years of age or older, into adulthood; legal evaluations; parent and school consultation; adolescent development; and individual and family therapy. He has years of experience working with students who present with attention or learning disorders, intellectual giftedness or "twice exceptional status," pervasive developmental disorders, and traumatic brain injury. Nonverbal learning disorders are a particular interest. Ken also enjoys consulting with private schools and testing agencies.

Ken's undergraduate training in psychology was completed at Dartmouth College; he received his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed clinical internships and postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Before starting the Center for Psychology and Education Ken worked in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital, and at Chapel Hill Pediatric Psychology and North Carolina Neuropsychiatry.

Ken and his family have lived in Chapel Hill since 1995.

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Jake Godfrey, Ph.D.

 

Jake Godfrey is Co-Director of the Center for Psychology and Education, PLLC. He is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Health Care Provider. His interests and specialties include: psychological and psychoeducational assessment of individuals preschool through adult age; individual and family therapy addressing a wide range of clinical concerns; and parent and school consultation. As a therapist, he has particular interest in helping clients of all ages better address anxiety concerns, including those related to generalized anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, school refusal, and in the context of performance situations (e.g., academic testing, athletic competition, and public speaking), using cognitive-behavioral treatments. Many of his clients are impacted by ADHD or learning disorders and he particularly enjoys helping this population further develop skills for autonomous functioning through therapy and consultation. He has served as court appointed individual therapist of children and teens coping with high conflict divorce and as such as worked in collaboration with court appointed parent coordinators. He is also trained in the administration of Cogmed, a working memory training program. He completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology, with a Certificate in Human Development, at Duke University; he received his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his clinical internship at The Children's Hospital of Denver, in Denver, CO.

Jake and his family have lived in Chapel Hill since 2003. In addition to enjoying time with his family, Jake is an avid trail runner and general outdoor enthusiast.

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Advisors and Consultants

Donald J. Stedman, Ph.D.

 

Don Stedman is a retired Psychologist and former Pediatric Psychologist at Duke University Medical Center, Director of Special Education, Associate Director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, and Professor and Dean Emeritus of the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As Senior Advisor in the Center for Psychology and Education, Dr. Stedman assists in the development of Center training, research, consultation and outreach activities. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Hill Center, the Advisory Board of the Family Support Network of North Carolina, Vice Chair of the North Carolina Commission on Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services and a Senior Fellow of the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute. Don is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and completed graduate studies in clinical and developmental psychology at the University of Rochester and at George Peabody College, Vanderbilt University. His post doctoral work was at Sonoma State Hospital and Child Study Center at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently Clinical Professor of Child Development and Family Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Don and his family have lived in the Triangle area since 1963.

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Darcy Berger, M.Ed.

 

Darcy Berger is an Educational Consultant, Counselor and College Counselor who works with preschool through college-age students. She conducts diagnostic and educational evaluations, consults with parents and teachers to assure effective strategies for meeting students' needs in schools, works with students in the area of organization coaching, and meets with parents to help with behavior management issues at home. For the past three years, Darcy has successfully helped students and parents through the various aspects of the college planning process including high school course selection, college choice and the full application process. She has worked in public and private school settings in exceptional children's programs, counseling, administration, and admissions. Her undergraduate training in Exceptional Children's Education was completed at Syracuse University. She received her Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she has worked as a Clinical Instructor.

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Associations

Leigh C. Raynor, MS, CRC, LPC

 

Leigh Raynor is a Licensed Professional Counselor with long experience working with adolescents, young adults and their parents, and adults. She specializes in the educational and treatment planning process for managing attention deficit and learning disorders. In working with clients, she serves as a researcher, an assessor of academic, social and emotional issues, a therapist, advocate, counselor, and engaged professional.

Leigh has worked with the Support Center for Student Athletes and the Center for Healthy Student Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in Communications Studies and in Rehabilitation Psychology and Counseling from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Leigh and her husband are long-time residents of Chapel Hill. They have two grown, married children and a granddaughter who also live in the area.

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Mary Jo Barnett, M.Ed.

 

As founder of Pathways Education Planning, Mary Jo Barnett helps families find the most appropriate education support services, schools and mental health therapeutic placements available to meet each studentís unique needs. She partners with parents to recommend placements where students will be healthy, happy and challenged to do their very best. Mary Jo visits over 25 local and nation-wide schools and treatment programs yearly to bring an up-to-date quality analysis of the choices available. Her warm-hearted and knowledgeable expertise helps find solutions to complicated education planning questions.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Mary Jo earned her BA in Special Education/Child Development and her Masters in Counseling Psychology in Washington State and her Marriage Family Therapist training in Massachusetts. She has served students and families as a teacher, counselor, special needs consultant and family therapist specializing in adoption. Mary Jo and her husband are parents to three young adult children. They lived in several US cities before happily settling in Chapel Hill, NC in 1994.

Please contact Mary Jo at maryjo@pathways-educationplanning.com or call 919-270-3739.

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CVs for individuals listed above are available upon request.