Dr. Lara Kroodsma

Lara Kroodsma, PsyD


My name is Dr. Lara Kroodsma and I answer parent’s questions about their children. Parents often have questions about their child’s learning, emotions, behavior, or development. Through a developmental or neuropsychological assessment process I can help parents understand their child’s unique strengths and challenges. Parents receive detailed and practical recommendations to support their child’s success.

I believe in taking a caring, collaborative, and comprehensive approach when working with children, their families, as well as school teams and other providers, such as mental health or medical personnel. My goal is to answer the referral questions and provided detailed and practical recommendations.

  1. Do you have QUESTIONS about your child’s development, behavior, emotions, or learning?
  2. Morning Star will work with you to find ANSWERS to your questions.
  3. UNDERSTAND your child’s unique strengths, challenges, and needs.
  4. Have CONFIDENCE that you have a path forward.
  5. BELIEVE that you can give your child what they need to be happy and successful.

Dr. Kroodsma has a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University Hawaii and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School. She has extensive experience providing assessment services for toddlers, children, adolescents, and young adults in multiple settings. These include community mental health, primary care, private practice, multi-disciplinary developmental clinics, schools, and residential programs. She has significant training in school neuropsychology and brain functioning affects children’s well-being and academic success. Dr. Kroodsma also has a background in play therapy and using play to support healthy development in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

When she is not in the office working with children and young adults, she enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, and spending time with her children and dogs.