Looking for educational and engaging content? Los Angeles Center for Integrated Assessment (LACIA) has got you covered! Listed below are all the wonderful podcasts that Dr. Allison Kawa and Dr. Julie Caplan have been featured in throughout the years. Additionally, here you can watch videos and read all the articles that they've contributed to. Enjoy!


Dr. Julie Caplan joins Rachel and Stephanie on the podcast to discuss how ADHD manifests differently in boys and girls. Dr. Caplan explains ADHD, how it shows up differently from “traditional ADHD” in girls, and why it often gets missed in girls. She further discusses the insatiability of people with ADHD and what parents should look for in their learners if they suspect ADHD. 

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Episode Part 1


“I've been running a business for ten years and ...they don't teach you how to run a business in psychology school,” says Allison Kawa, PsyD, yet she’s successfully founded and owned more than one. In this episode, Dr. Kawa shares how she’s become a businesswoman and psychologist.

Dr. Allison Kawa is a licensed clinical psychologist who is the Founder, Owner, and Clinical Director of the Los Angeles Center for Integrated Assessment. The LA-CIA is a boutique psychology practice that comprehensively conducts developmental, neurobiological, educational, and psychological evaluations of children, teens, and emerging adults. Their approach sets them apart from traditional neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment practices, providing an individual road map to help their clients have fulfilling academic and vocational success.

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Episode Part 2


“As I've gotten older, I've gotten better at figuring out what I know and what I don't know. I hired a business coach. That was a stroke of genius -- if I do say so myself -- because I don't know how to run a business,” says Allison Kawa, PsyD. Dr. Kawa is a licensed clinical psychologist -- turned mompreneur -- who founded her first private practice in 2010. She opened the Los Angeles Center for Integrated Assessment in 2018, and -- in response to the changing field, will be launching a new practice...soon!

Dr. Kawa shares a lot about being a working single mother, how she took career chances, and how she learned to become a very successful business owner... especially coming from a discipline where how to launch and operate a business was not taught in school. In the second half of our interview, listen to Dr. Kawa to learn the “can do’s” for professionals who want to run a business too.


How much screen time is too much? That is a loaded question many parents are asking during this unprecedented pandemic and the answer isn’t exactly simple. In the past, many pediatricians have set guidelines and time limits on screen time; now those are thrown out the window as millions of students have been faced with distance learning and changes in how they socialize. There is no better time to have this discussion today with our guest, Dr. Allison Kawa.

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 Dr. Allison Kawa, a clinical psychologist and Director at the Los Angeles Center for Integrated Assessment, talks about understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the variety of challenges faced by different genders in terms of coping and diagnosis. She covers the common ways that ASD presents itself in males vs. females, and why dangerous misdiagnoses so often occur. Her broad areas of expertise include learning and processing differences, attention disorders, autism, and anxiety or mood issues. 

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Screen Madness! Is Screentime the Assassin of Youth, the Elixir of Connection, or Possibly Both?

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Alison Kawa is a licensed child psychologist specializing in the evaluation of children and adolescents.  Her pre- and post-doctoral training emphasized child and adolescent testing.  She was a fellow in the UCLA Autism Evaluation Clinic where she acquired extensive training in the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and a range of other developmental disorders. 

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“'Younger children do not have the self-management capacity to sit in front of a computer, keep track of Zoom schedules and time passage, and monitor their work pace, because the parts of their brains that mediate these skills simply are not developed yet,'” she explained, adding that these are developmentally inappropriate tasks for kids.

That means their parents may be the ones who have to take over.

Also, Kawa said the youngest students [those in kindergarten through second grade] likely need their parents’ help staying on task and completing assignments more than older students do."                               


~Written by Leah Campbell, Healthline Media 

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"The combined type of ADHD is diagnosed for kids who experience at least six or more symptoms of both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive types of ADHD. 

The severity of each symptom can vary within the combined type. Symptoms can improve or become worse based on stress factors in the kids’ lives or how well the family manages their ADHD. 

'Things like the fit between the student and their academic or home environment, level of stress, and even activity level all play into the severity of symptoms,' Kawa explained. 

For example,'many kids who would have probably fallen into the ‘mild’ category pre-COVID-19 are looking more ‘moderate’ and ‘severe’ given the stress of quarantine, limited access to exercise, and distance-learning demands,' Kawa said."

~Written by Steven Rowe, PsychCentral

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"'Peers become more important to kids during this time, and one of the changes that goes along with that is a desire for privacy -- in the bathroom, while dressing, with diaries, and so on,' says Allison Kawa, Psy.D., a Los Angeles child and adolescent psychologist. It's hard not to take this new phase personally, but the challenge for you then is to let your kid have some time by herself while continuing to keep her safe. Luckily, it's easy to strike that balance."

~Written by Leslie Garisto Pfaff, Parents Magazine

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"'If explaining isn’t the style you want to go with when teaching your toddler the concept of time, you can always keep it basic by making it visual.' Allison Kawa, Psy.D., a child psychologist in Los Angeles, says when a child can see what’s going on, they can absorb more information."

~Written by Katrina Butcher, Babygaga

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"I asked Dr. Kawa if she had any advise for parents who are going in for an assessment of the child. Here’s what she said:

'One thing that I always advise parents to do is to look through their baby books and watch their old home movies because a lot of times we forget, forget about things that are painful. And when you have a child who is not interacting with you and you’re not getting as much social reciprocity, you’re not getting as much back from them, a lot of parents will sort of block that out. It’s hard. And so I frequently will have these assessment meetings with parents and then I’ll give them a homework assignment. I’ll say, 'Go home, go watch your movie. Go watch your kids’ second birthday party and their third birthday party. Go watch Christmas. See how they work. See how they are interacting with you. Look through your baby books. Help to jog your memory,' because that early history is such an important part of the diagnostic process. It’s also very important for helping to differentiate Asperger’s than say a child who is very, very anxious and maybe has some obsessive compulsive traits'"

~Interview by Dave Angel, The Parenting Asperger's Blog

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“Sensory dysregulation tends to get better with neurological maturation, but in many cases, it does not go away altogether,” says Allison Kawa, PsyD, a Los Angeles child psychologist. “Most people learn coping strategies as they grow up.

~Written by Joe Ford, AnswersToAll

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"In order for your youngster to receive the services he needs, being your child’s best advocate is a must. Allison Kawa, Psy.D., clinical psychologist, explains that, 'Parents should find someone they trust who can give them a bird’s eye view of their child’s strengths and weaknesses to help prioritize a treatment plan. An expert in the field, such as a developmental pediatrician, developmental psychologist, or caseworker, can give parents the guidance they need to navigate the beginning of a child’s program, especially at a time when parents are feeling vulnerable and confused.'"

~Written by Michelle Maffei, SheKnows Media