Anne Borris

Anne Boris, MA

Testing Specialist

As a parent of three children with learning differences, I know the struggles that families can have in understanding and supporting their children. Not every school system is equipped with the resources to effectively assess, diagnose, and recommend interventions for neurodiverse students. Over ten years ago, I founded a support group for families of neurodiverse learners, and from there my passion for this field grew. I am now in my fourth year of a doctoral program in School Psychology and I am thrilled to be able to use my energy and training to help other families. I am also an advocate for students with dyslexia. I have testified in front of the Colorado State legislature in support of improved diagnosis and treatment of dyslexia in our public schools. I also serve on the Steering Committee for Orton Academy, Colorado’s first charter school for dyslexic students. I feel very lucky to work in a field that has so much personal meaning for me.

My Approach

When families seek out a psychological evaluation, usually it is because something is not going well, either academically, socially, emotionally, or perhaps something else. I remember how nervous I was the first time I brought my own child for an assessment. I hope to bring empathy and understanding for the families we serve because I have been in the same shoes. One of my favorite things about working in psychology is helping individuals discover their own strengths and talents and what is working well for them. Everyone is a work in progress, and we aim to help support everyone in ways that help them find their own version of success.

Professional Background

I grew up as a competitive swimmer and was proud to be a NCAA finalist and Academic All American for Harvard University, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in European History. Professionally, I worked in various roles in marketing research and advertising, and earned an MBA from Northwestern University along the way. I spent over 20 years in various start ups, corporations and professional organizations such as the American Dental Association helping companies learn to how to listen to their customers and communicate with them effectively. After my three children were born, I found a new passion for the field of learning differences, so I am currently in “Phase 2” of my professional career as a doctoral student in School Psychology at the University of Northern Colorado. I have a Masters in Professional Psychology from UNC, and I’m on track to earn a Ph.D in 2022. My research is focused on the needs of twice exceptional students, particularly those students who are gifted and dyslexic, which makes the diagnosis particularly tricky. There is nothing I love more than helping students find clarity and understanding about how their own brains work, and to help set them on a path for success in all areas of their lives.

Personal Life

I moved to Colorado with my family 18 years ago and absolutely love living and raising children here. When I’m not reading psychology journals or listening to podcasts for fun, I am spending time with my family and our sweet rescue dog, Frisco. Our three teen boys keep us on the go with school, lacrosse, golf, swimming and piano. On the weekends, I enjoy spending time in my small backyard garden and jogging with friends. My dream right now is to have a technology-free vacation, which I think might be just as hard for me as it is for my teenagers!

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