Education and Assessment Team

Lisa Tropez-Arceneaux

Director of Assessment

Dr. Lisa Tropez-Arceneaux is an expert in pediatric trauma and psychological, educational, and forensic assessment. She completed her clinical training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu and her internship at Howard University Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health. She also completed a Fellowship in Pediatric Burn Psychology at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

After leaving Johns Hopkins, she joined the faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch in the Department of Pediatric Burn Surgery and Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

Dr. Tropez-Arceneaux is well published and was awarded a National Institute of Child, Health & Human Development grant to study the effectiveness of virtual reality in reducing pain in pediatric-burn injuries. In April 2016, she won the Best Pediatric Research Award in North and South America for developing the first Burn Camp in the region. She also developed a multi-tiered mentorship program for pre-teen and adolescent females.

A native of New Orleans, Dr. Tropez-Arceneaux has worked as a Pediatric Psychologist in New Orleans, Louisiana, conducting psychological evaluations for children and adolescents. She currently serves as Director of Assessment for Bethesda Chevy Chase Counseling & Assessment’s testing company (Screening for Success), where she oversees all aspects of the practice. With Dr. Giral, she studies the benefits of early screening for learning differences.

Dr. Briana Bobbitt, PsyD

Psychology Associate

Dr. Bobbitt earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC, in 2019. She completed her predoctoral internship at Pennsylvania Counseling Services in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Dr. Bobbitt has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with various mental health and substance abuse disorders including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, adjustment disorders, alcohol dependence, opioid dependence, and co-occurring disorders. In addition, Dr. Bobbitt has experience in providing group therapy to children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders and intensive outpatient group therapy for those struggling with addiction.

Dr. Bobbitt utilizes a strengths-based and collaborative approach to therapy, utilizing different interventions from various modalities of treatment. Her goal is to work with clients to identify their strengths and teach skills that the client can utilize to better manage the difficulties that they face.

Dr. Bobbitt is native to Washington, DC and resides in Silver Spring, Maryland. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two sons, her extended family, and friends.

Kerry Nicolardi

Education Specialist

Kerry Nicolardi has been helping parents and teachers determine how to best assess and assist students who may need extra educational support for over 17 year. She also provides individual tutoring that addresses the needs of those struggling with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning challenges.

She earned her Masters of Education at Loyola University of Maryland and has completed certifications in Orton Gillingham and AMI Montessori. Most recently, Mrs. Nicolardi as Head of Instructional Support for a private elementary and middle school in Washington, DC.

As someone who grew up with her own learning differences, Mrs. Nicolardi understands the struggles and frustrations that can come with these diagnoses and therefore enjoys working with students to find their strengths and make learning the “hard stuff” more palatable.

Mrs. Nicolardi is excited to join BCCCAA’s Education and Assessment Team looks forward to providing support to families looking for a tutor to work one-on-one with their child or who need help navigating the special education and accommodations process.