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Notre Dame College is proud to announce Denise Brown-Triolo, Ph.D., as the new director of its Thrive Learning Center for students with learning differences.

Brown-Triolo has more than 20 years of professional experience working in academic settings with students and individuals with learning differences and other disabilities, 16 of them as a school psychologist.

In addition to her years of employment in public and independent schools, she has experience in pediatric, hospital and university settings. She brings an extensive knowledge of legal rights and protections for students seeking access to accommodations in educational settings, as well as providing experience in providing best practice supports and services for students with learning differences.

Brown-Triolo comes to Notre Dame after serving nearly 10 years at Lawrence School as director of student advocacy and support services and school psychologist. She has worked as an adjunct instructor in the Cleveland State University Department of Psychology School Psychology program in its College of Sciences and Health Professions.

“She will bring a depth of experience and strong leadership to the Thrive Program, surely a flagship program at Notre Dame,” College President J. Michael Pressimone, Ed.D., said in a statement.

Brown-Triolo’s appointment to the Notre Dame Thrive Learning Center is effective July 1. She also will serve as an assistant professor in the Notre Dame Division of Professional Education with modest teaching responsibilities and expectations, according to Pressimone.

Thrive, formerly the College’s Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences, is one of the nation’s first dedicated academic programs to support college students with documented learning disabilities like autism, ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and others. The center focuses on holistic and personalized academic, social and emotional support for those with learning disabilities so they thrive in a traditional higher education environment.

Lawrence School is a co-ed, independent K–12 school with two locations in Northeast Ohio serving students with learning differences, including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD. It is one of only three independent schools in the state of Ohio to exclusively serve students with learning differences, and one of only a few in the country to offer a stand-alone Upper School serving this population.

Brown-Triolo has worked at two different times as a school psychologist in the Cleveland Municipal School District. Her experience includes director of educational consulting at Senders Pediatrics, offering medical and behavioral care in South Euclid, and as a recreation therapist and child life specialist at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and a child life specialist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in individual and family studies, young exceptional children, at the University of Delaware; a Master of Science in psychology, rehabilitation counseling, from the Illinois Institute of Technology; and a doctorate in school psychology from Kent State University. She holds a School Psychology License from the Ohio Department of Education and a Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Certificate from Cornell University.

Her professional memberships include the Council for Exceptional Children and Learning Disabilities Association of America.

May 2022

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