About Dirksen Center
Dr. Courtney Dirksen
Dr. Dirksen then went on to complete a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology in Memphis, TN; she completed her fellowship in pediatric neuropsychological assessment at the Semmes-Murphy Neurosurgical and Spine Institute, Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Dr. Dirksen is currently on the medical staff of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. She has made numerous presentations at professional meetings including the International Neuropsychological Society and Society for Neuroscience and has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Dirksen started Dirksen Center in 2009 to provide neuropsychological assessment services, and it grew over the years to offer more comprehensive services for children, adolescents, parents, and young adults.
Dr. Dirksen enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, getting outside as much as possible, reading, and yoga.
Dr. Dirksen is happy to answer any questions you may have about neuropsychological evaluation. You may reach her at (847) 357-9158.
Dr. Tria Murphy
Dr. Tria Murphy is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the Chicagoland area. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology and completed a predoctoral internship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Children’s Memorial Hospital (now the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago). Dr. Murphy is on the Medical Staff at Presence Resurrection Medical Center and is a faculty member in the Family Medicine residency-training program at Presence Health. She is a currently a member of the Illinois Psychological Association, as well as the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Dr. Murphy enjoys working with all age groups, including pediatric, adult, and older adults. Her interests include, but are not limited to: health psychology and chronic illness; women’s issues and caregiver support; grief and loss due to death, divorce, and suicide; parent-child conflict and family therapy; anxiety and mood disorders, OCD, and panic disorder; coping and stress management; behavior problems in children such as ODD and conduct disorder; as well as neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and learning disabilities. A particular area of interest is the training of parents of young children as they navigate day-to-day routines such as mealtimes, toileting, social skills, bedtime, separation, and discipline.
Dr. Murphy combines evidence-based treatments such as CBT with a systemic and problem-solving approach that focuses on the particular needs and strengths of her patients. She often works in close collaboration with referring physicians and other medical professionals in an integrated approach to the diagnosis and treatment of children, adults, and their families.
Dr. Lauren Laake
Dr. Lauren Laake is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with specialization in clinical child and pediatric psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2017. Her predoctoral internship was completed at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School with a focus in pediatric psychology. Her postdoctoral fellowship was completed with the Psychiatry Consultation Service at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Laake works with children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of presenting concerns. Her areas of expertise include adjustment to and coping with acute and chronic medical illnesses, anxiety (including phobias, panic, and social anxiety), OCD, depression, tic disorders, somatic symptom disorder, conversion disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental disorders, and behavioral concerns across development stages. Dr. Laake also provides psychological assessment services.
Dr. Laake utilizes evidence-based treatments, which often include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and parent management training. Dr. Laake provides individualized treatment that builds on the strengths of patients and families, while addressing areas of concern. Dr. Laake also collaborates with medical professionals, schools, and any other relevant providers to deliver coordinated, thoughtful care. She has also made presentations at various professional conferences and published research in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Susan Klostermann
Dr. Susan Klostermann is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in clinical child and pediatric psychology. She earned her PhD in psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 2016. She completed a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at the Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE. After completing her training she spent several years working in outpatient medical settings, including integrated primary care.
Dr. Klostermann works with children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based practices in her approach to both assessment and treatment. Dr. Klostermann works to address areas of concern while building upon areas of strength, both within individuals and within families. She works with youth and parents to build skills, problem solve, and communicate effectively.
Dr. Klostermann’s areas of specialty include medical concerns/chronic illness (e.g. chronic pain, diabetes, medical trauma), anxiety (including generalized, social, and separation anxiety), depression, ADHD, organizational and learning challenges, parent-child conflict, emotion regulation difficulties, and behavioral concerns as well as adjustment to stressors. She works collaboratively with teachers and other medical professionals to ensure youth receive optimal, coordinated care.
Dr. Lisa Sorensen
Dr Lisa Sorensen is a licensed clinical psychologist with 20+ years experience in pediatric neuropsychological assessment. She received her PhD from The University of Chicago in 1999, and completed a pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Lurie Children’s) followed by a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at Children’s Hospital Boston / Harvard University.
Dr. Sorensen spent 18 yrs as a neuropsychologist at Lurie Children’s and left with an academic appointment of Associate Professor at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. During her time there, she became a nationally and internationally renowned researcher in neurocognitive outcomes of pediatric liver disease and transplantation, with several peer-reviewed journal publications, chapters, and invited reviews and lectures in this area.
Dr. Sorensen has evaluated many children and teens with complex medical, psychiatric, and learning issues including brain tumor, leukemia, traumatic brain injury, concussion, epilepsy, lupus, stroke, spina bifida, diabetes, perinatal complications, genetic disorders, congenital heart disease/ liver/ kidney/ intestinal disease / organ transplantation, ADHD, Learning Disability, etc.
Dr. Sorensen’s goal in clinical assessment is to help the child, family, school, and care team better understand the child’s neurocognitive strengths and weaknesses in the context of current demands. She then seeks to provide realistic, evidence-based recommendations that will support the child in developing to their fullest potential.
With the shift to private practice, Dr. Sorensen is able to spend more time with family, and enjoys long walks, estate sales, and organizing.
Dr. Karen Burcham
Dr. Karen Burcham is a Pediatric Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dirksen Center. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2008, with an emphasis in both clinical psychology and neuroscience and behavior. Her primary research focus during graduate school was in the areas of facilitation of recovery of function from brain injury, and she published several research studies and presented at professional meetings.
In addition to NIU’s required research and clinical training, she completed specialized training in neuropsychological assessment at both the University of Chicago and in a private practice. She completed the Neuropsychology Specialty Clinical Internship at the Southern Arizona Veteran’s Health Care System in Tucson, AZ. She later received additional neuropsychological assessment experience at Medical College of Wisconsin and at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s All Saints Hospital. Through 2018, Dr. Burcham was an Adjunct Professor and /or Instructor in the Department of Psychology at Northern Illinois University, where she taught graduate-level courses in cognitive assessment, as well as undergraduate courses focused on general research methods and on conducting research specifically in the area of clinical psychology.
Dr. Burcham joined the Dirksen Center in 2018 and conducts neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents, and young adults.
Mr. Matt Rosenbaum
Matt Rosenbaum is in his eleventh year as an educator. He taught two years for the 4th and 5th grade in a multiage classroom setting in District 59. He was a substitute teacher at South Middle School for one year before becoming a teacher’s assistant at South. He taught 5 years for District 26 before becoming the gifted/enrichment teacher for the 4th and 5th grade and continued working as the gifted/enrichment teacher across District 26.
Mr. Rosenbaum is a reading enthusiast and loves helping to build students into lifelong readers. Throughout the summer you can find him catching up on books that are geared towards 3rd thru 7th graders. Occasionally, he will put the kids’ books down to read an informational book about the Cubs. For the past ten years he was worked with high school and middle school students as a volunteer for the First Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights.
Ms. Michelle Rabiak
Michelle joined the Dirksen Center team as the office manager/administrative assistant in September of 2016. She brings with her 15+ years of customer service and office experience. She also volunteers at the shelter and offsite events helping stray animals and owner surrenders find new forever homes. You can also find her dog handling at the Chicago Wolves adopt-a-dog nights during hockey season at the Allstate arena.
Ms. Tiffany Layhadi
Tiffany Layhadi joined the Dirksen Center as a neuropsychology testing technician in April of 2019. Prior to that, she has worked in childcare and with kids in various other capacities for five years. Tiffany was certified as a Child Development Associate in 2015. She loves working with kids and helping them achieve their goals! For fun she likes to spend time with her two dogs.
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The Dirksen Center conducts all neuropsychological assessments at their main office in Arlington Heights office, located at 855 E. Golf Road, Ste. 2139, Arlington Heights, IL 60005.
We provide psychotherapy services in our Arlington Heights office and in Crystal Lake at 525 E. Congress Parkway, Ste. 220, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
As the need dictates, The Dirksen Center provides brief Autism Spectrum Disorder re-evaluations often required by insurance companies at KGH Autism Services in Northbrook, IL. These assessments are also provided at the Arlington Heights location.