Melyssa Higgins, Ph.D.Licensed Psychologist

    Dr. Higgins is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the evaluation of learning and attention difficulties. Most the children that Dr. Higgins evaluates are school-aged (between the ages six and eighteen).

    Some of the common concerns that parents bring to Dr. Higgins include delays in reading and/or spelling, handwriting difficulties, challenges with understanding or remembering math concepts, frustration with schoolwork, and inattention or disorganization. Dr. Higgins provides guidance to parents about a variety of resources for assisting their child, including special education, accommodations, private tutoring, and materials that can be used with their child at home.

    Dr. Higgins received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puget Sound, and she received her Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Washington. Prior to joining ABCD, Inc. in 1998, Dr. Higgins worked as a school psychologist in the Highline School District.

    Areas of experience and interest include:

    • Dyslexia
    • Dysgraphia
    • AD/HD
    • Executive Functioning challenges
    • Math disorders
    • Reading comprehension
    • Reading Fluency
    • Challenges with working memory and/or information processing
    • School admissions testing for highly capable learners

    • B.A. in Psychology (Departmental Honors), University of Puget Sound (1992)


    • M.Ed. in School Psychology, College of Education, University of Washington (1996)


    • Ph.D. in School Psychology, College of Education, University of Washington (1999)

    • Pre-Doctoral Educational Psychology Intern, ABCD, Inc., 1998 – 1999


    • Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern, Child Outpatient Program, Seattle Mental Health, 1998 – 1999


    • Post-Doctoral Educational Psychology Resident, ABCD, Inc., 1999 – 2000

    • School Psychologist, Highline School District (1996 – 1998)


    • Educational Psychologist, ABCD, Inc. (1999 – Present)

    Licensed Psychologist, State of Washington, PY00002560

    • Dr. Higgins is not contracted with any insurance companies

    Have questions about our services, or would like to schedule an initial appointment?

    Intelligence Tests

    Intelligence tests (also known as cognitive tests) provide information about a child’s thinking and memory skills. Within the context of a psychoeducational evaluation, this helps to determine strengths and weaknesses that influence how easily a student acquires academic skills. It provides clues about why a child might be demonstrating a particular pattern of academic achievement. No reading or written language is required to complete these activities. Each activity is introduced with a brief explanation. Then, Dr. Higgins models an example and allows the child to practice some items with feedback. The student is encouraged to use trial-and-error as they adapt their strategies and try to discover the best solutions.

    Academic Achievement Tests

    Academic achievement tests measure skills that are taught and practiced in school, most notably reading, written language, and math. These tests provide specific information about which skills a child has learned, and they also provide information about the student’s academic progress in relationship to what is typical for their grade-level.

    Thank you for considering a psychoeducational evaluation with Dr. Higgins. We look forward to working with you. Before your child is placed on her schedule, we ask that you complete two required forms in our ‘Welcome Packet‘ and return them to our office. The first page, our Registration Form, provides us with information about how to contact you and the reasons why you are seeking this kind of evaluation. The second page, our Preliminary Financial Agreement, provides you with information about Dr. Higgins’ policies. You may mail, fax, email, or hand carry them to our office. Once we have received both of your completed forms, we will contact you to discuss dates and times that are currently available on Dr. Higgins’ schedule.

    If you are considering an application to a private school program designed for highly capable learners and your child needs an intellectual assessment specifically for this purpose, then please contact our office at (206) 361-6884 for information about fees and scheduling.

    Insurance: As of August 17, 2012 Dr. Higgins will no longer be contracted with any insurance companies and therefore we cannot direct bill your insurance provider. After you have paid for your appointment, we will provide you with a statement that contains the information that your insurance requires from us to process your claim. You will be reimbursed directly from your insurance company if any amount is due to you.

    Please be aware that many plans do not cover out-of-network mental health services. Dr. Higgins’ evaluation services are coded under mental health procedure codes. It is important that you find out exactly what mental health services your plan covers before you come to your first appointment.

    Payment: It is Dr. Higgins’ policy to collect payment in full at the beginning of each appointment. Our office gladly accepts cash, check, VISA, and MasterCard.

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