Dr. Marla Shapiro is a developmental neuropsychologist with 25 years of clinical experience in schools, hospitals, clinics, universities and private practice, in both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Common-sense and compassion combine with science and an evidence-based approach in her work with individuals, families, organizations and teams, and in community presentations.
Dr. Shapiro earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Virginia in 1984 and completed her graduate training in School Psychology and Developmental Neuropsychology at Georgia State University. Most recently, she has received advanced post-graduate training in Behavioral Sleep Medicine.
Professional credentials: Georgia and Iowa Licensed Psychologist • Nationally Certified School Psychologist • National Register of Health Service Psychologists • Fellow, National Academy of Neuropsychology • RRCA Certified Running Coach • Former Credentialed ImPACT Consultant.
Highlights of her professional experiences include:
- Research associate examining reading-related difficulties in children and young adults with Drs. Bennett and Sally Shaywitz at Yale, Dr. Robin Morris at GSU, and Dr. Maryanne Wolf at Tufts;
- Pre- and post-doctoral clinical experiences as a DeKalb County School Psychologist and at the GSU Transition Program for students with brain injuries;
- Graduate faculty, pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship supervision in counseling, school psychology, and neuropsychology;
- Consultation in the testing industry with the ACT and College Board, and Director of Accommodated Testing for the MCAT (American Association of Medical Colleges)
- Faculty position at the SCORE Clinic in Washington, D.C.
- Concussion management for NHL Washington Capitals (while at CNMC), ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators (while at GMC), WPS Washington Freedom, MLS Atlanta United and D.C. United, and AHL Iowa Wild, in addition to working with private and public high schools in Georgia, Virginia and Maryland and Iowa
- Attendance at International Symposia on Concussion in Sport – St. Moritz (2008), Zurich (2012), and Berlin (2016), and scheduled attendance at the 2021 Paris meetings.
- Founding Member of the Sports Neuropsychology Society
Dr. Shapiro and her daughter moved to the Des Moines Iowa suburbs in August 2019 so that she could join the multidisciplinary Sports Medicine and Concussion Center with UnityPoint Clinic. With sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, and vestibular and cognitive rehabilitation specialists and allied professionals on site, she is able to provide truly integrated and intradisciplinary care.
Always striving to practice the “life balance” that she preaches to her clients and her family, Dr. Shapiro also enjoys her roles as mom to her own student-athlete and fused-glass artist, while also exploring Iowa’s 800 miles of bike trails and ongoing round trips to Georgia to continue to volunteer with Camp Sunshine.
Dr. Shapiro lives in Grimes, Iowa, just outside of Des Moines.