The Ranney School faculty have spent the week prior to school getting ready for a great school year. In addition to setting up classrooms and planning out the year, the faculty has strategically spent time on professional development in preparation for the new year. One such workshop included Dr. William Ernst, who specializes in neuropsychological evaluations and consultations for learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, concussion, traumatic brain injury, dementia, anxiety, and depression.
Dr. Ernst taught at James Madison University and currently teaches doctoral students at Chestnut Hill College. At JMU, he directed the School Based Neuropsychological Assessment Clinic. At Chestnut Hill College, he is the Founding Executive Director for the Center for Concussion Education and Research. Dr. Ernst’s research focuses on the development and evaluation of educational interventions designed to increase concussion knowledge and symptom reporting in athletes. His research interests also include sports-related concussion, neuropsychological consultation with school personnel and performance validity testing during neuropsychological assessment.
For the last 14 years, he has been the Director for Neuropsychological Evaluation and Consultation Services in Freehold. Dr. Ernst earned his BA in Psychology and MA in Counseling at TCNJ before pursuing a Doctorate in Psychology, Clinical, Counseling and School Psychology at James Madison University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Cooper Hospital.
“I have been working with Dr. Ernst since 2014,” said Upper School Learning Specialist Mrs. Mora Sorial. “I would be remiss not to mention that, beyond his exceptional credentials and expertise, he is an incredible collaborator who engages our students and families with the highest level of integrity, compassion, and dignity. I learn something new every time I speak with Dr. Ernst and we are most grateful that he made time to be with us.”
Dr. Ernst spent the first part of the workshop speaking about learning differences and both how to recognize different symptoms, as well as strategies to help students who need learning support. Then the faculty broke into groups and worked through a series of fundamental elements and applicable scenarios in teaching based on their own division and departments.
"I have been working in schools with strong learning difference programs for two decades, and I found Dr. Enrst's presentation utterly enlightening," said Dr. Greg Martin, Upper School Head and Assistant Head of School. "We all have so much more to understand about how human beings learn, and Dr. Ernst really shed light on how we can help students with diverse styles of learning."