Comprehensive Psychological & Developmental Assessments


Developmental & Educational Psychological Services provides high quality comprehensive assessments to identify psychological and developmental conditions for individuals from early childhood to adulthood.


Autism is neurobiological developmental disability that is present before the age of 3 years. Autism impacts the development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and the individual may have a restricted range of interests or repetitive behaviors.


Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects millions of children worldwide and often continues into adulthood. ADHD is highly treatable and can be accurately identified using objective measures.

Learning Disabilities

A specific learning disability is present when there is a significant discrepancy between an individual’s cognitive development and academic development. Accurate identification of a learning disability is essential to support academic development.

Developmental Delay

A clear understanding of your child’s developmental levels can inform  parenting strategies and determine if intervention is needed.

Independent Educational Evaluations

An IEE is defined as an evaluation conducted by a qualified examiner who is not employed by the school district. This is essentially a second opinion provided at public expense.


About the DEPS Team

Developmental & Educational Psychological Services provides high quality comprehensive assessments to identify psychological and developmental conditions.  Psychological assessment is a valuable tool for exploring issues to determine treatment and access intervention and support.  Without accurate identification of a developmental or psychological condition it is difficult to effectively treat symptoms.  Get a clear understanding of your child’s psychological or developmental issues in order to get the most effective treatment.

Carol McLean, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. McLean founded Developmental & Educational Psychological Services over 20 years ago in order to provide individuals and their families the best of both clinical and educational psychological services in a private setting. She is committed to providing the highest quality of psychological assessments. She collaborates with schools, psychiatrists, neurologists, pediatricians, surgeons, and other mental health providers to help individuals access the services and interventions needed in order to reach their full potential.

Dr. McLean graduated from Indiana State University in 2001 with a Ph.D. in Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist specializing in psychological assessment from birth throughout the lifespan. She specializes in numerous developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Specific Learning Disabilities. In addition, she specializes in medical clearance evaluations for bariatric patients and pain patients.

Dr. McLean is a member of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. The National Register has stringent requirements for education, internship and experience as a health care professional in order to qualify for membership. Dr. McLean is a member of the American Psychological Association, Arizona Psychological Association and is the former President of the Scottsdale Psychological Society.

Alicia Miller, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Miller is a Licensed Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in public education. She was a teacher early in her career and has been a practicing school psychologist for the last 12 years. She graduated from Argosy University in 2018 with a Psy.D. in Psychology. She is experienced with the assessment of individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. She has additional training in complex trauma and nutrition. Additionally, she is a parent of a child with a rare genetic disorder. She has a special interest in family support and advocacy because she understands the additional stressors families frequently face. Dr. Miller also serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Arizona in the College of Education Disability and Psychoeducational Studies.

Laura Mayrath, M.Ed.
Educational Specialist

Laura has 20 years experience of expertise in special education. Her passion is working with students, families, and educators to identify and address special learning needs and develop successful educational strategies for students with ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Autism. She holds a Master’s degree in Education and is certified by the Arizona Board of Education in both Elementary and Early Childhood Special Education. Laura has served as an Associate Faculty member at the College of Education at The University of Phoenix for the past 15 years. She is a certified Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule administrator and is currently a doctoral student in clinical psychology.

Meghan Sutherland, Ed.S., NCSP
Educational Specialist

Meghan is a school psychologist with over ten years’ experience working in public schools. She has a specialization in autism spectrum disorders and low-incidence disabilities from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she received her graduate degrees in Human Development and School Psychology in 2012. Meghan is a certified administrator of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing Autism Spectrum (MIGDAS), and has significant experience working with students with autism, ADHD, specific learning disabilities, developmental delays, and emotional disabilities. In addition to being a school psychologist, Meghan has a master’s level certification in yoga and yoga therapy (RYT-200, RYT-500). She received her speech-language pathology assistant certificate from Northern Arizona University in 2023.

Amanda Cowley, Ed.S.
Educational Specialist

Amanda Cowley is a school psychologist with over ten years of experience working in public schools. She began her career as a special education teacher, teaching in elementary resource and self-contained settings for several years. Amanda obtained her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology in 2014 and Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology in 2016, both from Argosy University. Amanda is a certified administrator of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). She has extensive experience working with students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, ADHD, specific learning disabilities, autism, and intellectual disabilities. Amanda has a special interest in mental health and wellness following crises or traumatic events. She is a state-level trainer for workshops focusing on mental health crisis intervention, threat assessments, and school safety planning. Amanda has specific training in complex trauma. She is currently obtaining her certification in Dr. Bruce Perry’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT).

Jenny Rhodes, M.Ed.
Educational Specialist

Jenny has over ten years experience in special education including working in private placements and public-school systems.  She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human Development (Family Studies), with a minor in sociology, from Washington State University and a Master’s in Special Education (Cross Categorical), from Grand Canyon University.  Jenny is a certified administrator of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS).  She has significant experience working in private placements, severe and profound placements, behavioral classrooms, self-contained, and resource classes working with students with Autism, developmental delays, specific learning disabilities, ADHD, visual impairments, and emotional disabilities.  She also has experience and knowledge implementing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).  She has a passion for supporting and developing amazing teachers and mentored seven student teachers while working in the public-school setting.  She was named Scottsdale Charros Elementary Teacher of the Year, for Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center (now Echo Canyon School), in 2017.  Jenny served as the Special Education Team Lead for over five years and was part of the school’s Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), behavior committee.  Jenny’s passion is to work with children, families, service providers, and educators to identify and address students’ individual needs so that they can reach their full potential at home, in the classroom, and in life. 

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