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Dr. James Caron, Ed.D., is a Licensed Psychologist with extensive experience in conducting evaluations for individuals with developmental disabilities. He has consulted to several agencies and school districts, and has a practice focusing on social-emotional development in children and adolescents. Dr. Caron and Ms. Provencher have worked together for over 25 years in conducting competency evaluations.

Mary E. Provencher, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with many years of experience working with families and individuals with developmental disabilities, evaluating individuals for competence in decision making, providing individual and group therapy, consulting to various agencies, and supervising graduate students and clinicians in the field of developmental disabilities.

Kerry McDonnell, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over 10 years of experience working with families and individuals with complex medical needs and developmental disabilities. She has worked in multiple settings including hospitals, adult day programs, residential settings, and private practice.

Fees: This service is offered on a self-pay basis at customary hourly rates for professional evaluations. A minimum of five hours per clinician is required (including review of records, conducting the evaluation, contacting collateral providers and preparation of reports), and additional time may be needed if further evaluation or consultation with other providers is necessary.

How to contact us:

Dr. James Caron, Ed.D., can be reached at (781) 863-5555, or by e-mail at

Mary E. Provencher, LICSW : (508) 574-6970, or by e-mail at

Kerry McDonnell, LICSW: (508) 468-8394 or by email at

In most cases we will coordinate our schedules so that we can conduct the evaluation in one session as a team, for the convenience of the student and family. Because of the individualized level of service we provide, we recommend scheduling well in advance of the student’s 18 birthday. For legal purposes, the evaluation can be conducted up to six months (180 days) before turning 18.

Since the pandemic, evaluations are conducted over Zoom, rather than in our office or in the child's school or home.  The Zoom platform allows us to interview parents, interview the student or conduct an observation, as well as have discussion with other professionals who work with the student.  A Zoom invitation will be sent prior to the appointment.

For sending reports and other materials, please send us an email with attachments, as this will arrive much more quickly than standard mail  If you are not able to send material via email, please use the following mailing address: Dr. Jim Caron, PO Box 795, Great Barrington MA 01230



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