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.
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.
Professional credentials: Georgia Licensed Psychologist • Nationally Certified School Psychologist • RRCA Certified Running Coach • 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, and MLS Atlanta United and D.C. United, in addition to working with private and public high schools in Georgia, Virginia and Maryland
- Attendance at International Symposia on Concussion in Sport – St. Moritz (2008), Zurich (2012), and Berlin (2016)
- Founding Member of the Sports Neuropsychology Society
Dr. Shapiro returned to Atlanta in 2013 to help launch the multidisciplinary Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center in Duluth. She became a frequent presenter to community organizations and recreational teams on the management of sports-related concussions. Although she continued to enjoy working with teams and athletes of all ages, she missed the variety of clinical work that has spanned her career, and returned to private practice again in 2015.
Dr. Shapiro continues to be available as a speaker to healthcare professionals, educators, and the general public, and on such topics as sports-related concussions, learning and attention disorders, high-stakes testing, and common-sense parenting. Always striving to practice the “life balance” that she preaches to her clients and her family, Dr. Shapiro is also a fused-glass artist and has continued to enjoy her roles as mom to her own student-athlete and Camp Sunshine volunteer, while pursuing her own athletic passions as a middle-aged triathlete and running coach.
Dr. Shapiro lives in Atlanta with her husband, daughter, and two Australian Shepherds.