About Us


Experienced Team - Expert Child Psychologists California


We understand your child’s struggles and are here to help. Our team consists of experts in neuropsychology, education, and mental health who have successfully assisted thousands of children and parents just like you. 

Utilizing our proven formula for success—a strengths-based approach, comprehensive assessments, and personalized treatment plans—we ensure a truly holistic approach to your child's development. 

With our support, your child can overcome challenges and reach their full potential.


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    MEET


    Our Team



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    James Bylund


    Psy.D, ABSNP


    Dr. Bylund is highly trained in the areas of educational and neuropsychological assessment and trusts that you will be pleased with the effort his team puts forth to address your unique needs, or the needs of your son or daughter. Dr. Bylund has been serving individuals with known and suspected disabilities, in both public school and clinic settings, for the past 15 years.



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    Licensed Clinical
    Psychologist #34128

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    Licensed Educational
    Psychologist #3220

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    Diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsychology (ABSNP)




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    CHRISTINE OATES


    Psy.D., ABSNP


    Dr. Oates completed her MA in School Psychology and Ed.S. in Educational Psychology at Chapman University. She then went on to earn her Psy.D. in Educational Psychology from Alliant International University, with and emphasis in neuropsychological assessment and intervention. She is also a Diplomate of the American Board of School Neuropsychology. Her specializations include assessment and intervention of autism spectrum disorder, executive dysfunction, and learning disorders (e.g., dyslexia), mindfulness-based interventions, as well as child and adolescent mental health. Dr. Oates has experience working in both public and private settings, serving clients from age three through young adulthood. Her person-centered approach to both assessment and intervention forms the foundation of positive change in the lives of the young people she serves. 




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    Sara Beth Bavin


    M.A., Ed.S., LEP


    Sara Beth Bavin is a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP # 3786) who has over 15 years of experience in the field of education, with a focus on special education. In her dedicated work with public schools, she has provided academic instruction and psychological services in various settings and ranging from early childhood to adult. As an adjunct professor of school psychology, she has supervised intern and fieldwork students and lectured for assessment, behavior, and counseling courses. Sara Beth has special interest in the areas of: assessment and intervention for learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, and mental health; building educational programs that emphasize student strengths and interests; optimizing academic and social opportunities for students with special needs; preschool evaluations; and consultation and guidance with teachers, staff, and parents. Her assessments include a thorough review of records, parent and student interviews, input from various stakeholders with work sample, observations, and a battery of standardized assessment tools tailored to the individual student.

    Through her focused and detailed evaluations, Sara Beth demonstrates expertise in identifying disabling conditions even when the situation is extremely complicated. She is also skilled in making specific recommendations that promote growth. Sara Beth is passionate about student advocacy and strives to make the assessment process a positive and rewarding experience for everyone.




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    Danielle Morales


    MA/CAS, LEP, NCSP


    Danielle Morales has been a school psychologist since 2014, and earned her MA and CAS from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She is a Licensed Educational Psychologist in California (LEP #4035) and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). She has worked as a school psychologist in LA and the Bay Area, providing assessment and mental health services for numerous charter school networks. Ms. Morales has also worked as a student support services coordinator, overseeing the implementation of special education programs, risk assessments, threat assessments, and adult learning systems. In private practice, Ms. Morales has extensive experience with IEEs and Psycho-Educational Evaluations. She also provides consultative support regarding IDEA and Section 504, and has experience as a pediatric clinician helping school-aged clients with anxiety, depression, attention/executive functioning, adaptive functioning, and social skills. Ms. Morales has particular interest in supporting parents of adolescents transitioning to post-secondary settings.


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    HAYLEY BECKETT


    MSW, LCSW


    Hayley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience serving children, adolescents, and their families to empathetically address a broad range of mental health challenges. Using a highly relational and strengths-based approach, Hayley is skilled in treating depression and anxiety disorders, including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, phobias, grief, trauma, relationship challenges, and mental health issues related to developmental and learning disabilities. Hayley is particularly passionate about serving neurodiverse populations and gender expansive/LGBT+ youth and families. Hayley utilizes interventions based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, play therapy, art therapy, and other evidence-based modalities. Hayley is also trained in Infant Mental Health, with intensive training and experience supporting very young children and caregivers in learning how to manage big feelings, strengthen their attachment after challenging events, and build skills in emotional processing and regulation. Hayley currently works as the Mental Health Specialist for Emery Unified School District and is knowledgeable about student advocacy and needs within school and special education settings.



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    Annie Steiner


    Office Manager


    Annie started her career in marketing and business development for architecture firms on the east coast. She moved to the East Bay in 2017 and soon realized her passion for helping children with learning challenges and assisting their parents with navigating how to best provide for their needs. She began her second career with CORE Academy and Lainie’s Learning Lane, two institutions dedicated to accessible and inclusive education. She transitioned through various roles, ending with Chief Administrative Officer and Operations Manager, respectively. After some personal time away, she soon missed helping parents of neurodiverse children, which is why she returned to her true calling and joined the team at The Bylund Clinic as office manager. When she is not working, Annie enjoys hiking, yoga, and knitting.


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    Jackie Cederwall


    Education Therapist


    For as long as she can remember, Jackie wanted to be a teacher. It wasn’t until a few years into her career that Jackie realized how much she enjoy working with students and families who need specific academic support. Before joining The Bylund Clinic, Jackie taught for 8 years at a school for kids with dyslexia and ADHD (along with other learning differences). There, she learned different strategies to support neurodivergent learners. She is excited to use her knowledge and experience serving children at The Bylund Clinic as an Educational Therapist!




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    Carina Demirkol


    Educational Psychologist


    Carina Demirkol is a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP 4190) with extensive experience in the field of educational psychology. Proficient in both English and Spanish, she demonstrates a keen proficiency in employing a diverse array of assessment tools to comprehensively address childrens educational needs. Carina has showcased her expertise by specializing in pediatric Autism evaluations, employing tools such as the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2). Further, Carina excels in conducting assessments for a range of neurodevelopmental disabilities, covering areas such as learning disabilities (e.g dyslexia, dyscalculia),  attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and challenges related to social-emotional well-being. Carina's commitment to assessing the whole child ensures a nuanced understanding of their educational needs, fostering an environment that not only addresses challenges but also empowers children to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.


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    Madison Genovese Kennedy


    APCC, MA


    Madison works with adolescents, young adults, and parents to build confidence and work through negative thinking patterns. She has a specialty in working with teens and young adults going through big life transitions, as well as parents of young children with sibling and parent coaching work. She helps her clients process their anxieties and depression with empathy, while providing them with tools to work toward emotional regulation. Her therapeutic approach draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, mindfulness, and other evidence based modalities. Madison has been working with clients since 2019 and earned her MA in Clinical Counseling from Adams State University. She is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #12034 in California and provides both in-person and telehealth therapy sessions at our Lafayette office.




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    Sabrina Cox 


     MS, PPS, CWA


    As a seasoned School Counselor, Sabrina specializes in comprehensive executive skills and post-secondary support at The Bylund Clinic. Sabrina provides remote executive skills coaching for students from middle school through college, helping them develop self-regulation, goal-setting, and informed decision-making skills. She also helps support families through the post-secondary transition process through virtual consultation services. Her relational and strength-based methods, combined with her warm demeanor, empower students for academic achievement and personal growth.


    Testimonials


    What people say about us


    "Danielle was so supportive during the whole process. Her explanations never felt too high level for us. With the understanding the information we were receiving was troubling, Danielle was thorough about how she came about that conclusion. Her demeanor and mannerisms over Zoom for our meetings were always professional. She assured us that if we had additional questions after processing the information she was happy to follow-up with us or answer an email. The entire experience made us feel at ease with something that was daunting and already upsetting, the IEP process. Having Danielle there felt less like us vs. them with the school, it was a more collaborative process with the new information."


    Feedback from an Assessment client

    "Thank you so much for your time, dedication and for making my daughter feel comfortable and cared for! From the beginning to end we had our questions answered and it was obvious that you were gathering information from multiple places to ensure that you had what you needed for the assessment. I’m so grateful to have this information so we can help my daughter get the support she needs!"


    Feedback from an Assessment client

    "Dr. Bylund was an ideal evaluator for my son. He is low-key so he put my son at ease. But he is kind, intelligent, professional, and knowledgeable, and an excellent communicator. He took his time with my son for the evaluation and with me in explaining his impressions. He made himself available to the school district and explained his findings in an expert but collegial manner. We had to wait a long time for our appointment but he was worth the wait. We could not have asked for a better doctor! We are so thankful we found him!"


    Feedback from an Assessment client

    "Very positive experience, our daughter felt good about doing the testing and she was comfortable during the whole process. The report was actionable, we got the conclusive information we need now to take action to help our daughter early, and we are now working to put it into practice.  Thank you!"


    Feedback from an Assessment client

    "SarahBeth was great and so knowledgeable!"


    Feedback from an Assessment client
    "100% of recent clients would recommend the Bylund Clinic to friends and family"

    Feedback from an Assessment client
    "The Initial Evaluation Done By The School District Did Not Accurately Reflect The Struggles My Daughter Faces Daily. SaraBeth's Report Was Very Comprehensive, And We Finally Felt Like Our Child Was Seen And Understood. Reading Through Each Page, We Felt That The Report Truly Represented Our Child. SaraBeth Attended My Daughter's IEP Meeting And Presented The Report In A Way That All Team Members Could Understand, And The District Accepted Her Findings. This Secured Special Education Services For My Daughter. She Also Recommended A Suitable Placement Where She Could Get The Support She Needs To Access Her Education, Which The District Ultimately Agreed To Fund. I Cannot Recommend The Bylund Clinic Highly Enough. It's Very Difficult To Talk About Such Intimate Details About Your Child, But They Made The Process As Easy As Possible And Showed Respect From Beginning To End. The Evaluation They Did Was Instrumental In Securing The Support She Needs, And Also In Highlighting Her Areas Of Strength. SaraBeth's Professionalism, Knowledge, And Passion For Children Is Truly Amazing. Thank You For Changing The Trajectory Of My Daughter's Future, The Bylund Clinic!"

     IEE Client of SaraBeth Bavin
    "Having A Professional That Was Knowledgeable, Able To Explain The Evidence Derived From Thorough Assessments, And Be A Diplomatic And Yet Firm Voice Advocating At The IEP Meeting For What My Student Needed To Access Her Education Was Essential. It Really Encouraged The School Members On The IEP Team To Truly Understand, Responsibly Discuss And Make Informed And Appropriate Decisions To Support My Child's Educational Journey."

    IEE Client of Danielle Morales



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