Diagnostics Staff

Vanessa Rush

Dr. Rush is a licensed psychologist who has been serving the Southwest Wisconsin area since 2018. Dr. Rush earned her Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. She completed her post-doctoral work in rural Wisconsin and opened a private practice mental health clinic in May of 2019. She works with children, adults, and families in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma-informed care. Dr. Rush also works as one of the WILDD Psychologists and maybe a face you see as you receive feedback and results from the assessment measures completed. 

Julie Horner-Girard, Ph.D.
Licensed School Psychologist

Julie Horner-Girard received a Bachelor’s of Science in Cognitive Sciences from the University of California-Irvine. During her undergraduate work she focused on neuropsychology and brain development within individuals with disabilities as well as educational studies and developmental psychology. As an undergraduate, she was involved in NICHD research that investigated the physical health of children and the role of normative stressors. She obtained her Master’s and Doctorate Degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the area of School Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Neuropsychology and Prevention and Intervention Science. During the course of her studies at UW-Madison she completed advanced practica that included working with children with disabilities and their families in community-and primary care-settings. She also completed advanced research and statistical courses in addition to her normal course of studies. Aside from school psychology, she completed a separate clinical track that involved a doctoral residency accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). Her main areas of interest are in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Special Education Policy and Advocacy, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health Assessment and Intervention, and Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention. She has worked in diverse settings, including clinics, hospitals, universities and schools, with families, children, and adults. She currently works full-time in a school district as a district school psychologist (Early Childhood to 12th grade) and as a consulting psychometrist for the Wisconsin Institute for Learning Disabilities/Dyslexia, Inc. (WILDD).

Megan Schroeder

Megan Schroeder is a Psychometrist at WILDD who has 8 years of experience administering and scoring neuropsychological assessments. She received her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and has previous experience as a School Counselor helping students succeed academically, socially, and mentally/emotionally. She works full-time as a Psychometrist at a local outpatient clinic in the Madson community where she works with a wide variety of neurodiverse clients. This includes individuals with cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and mental health diagnoses. Currently, Megan is working towards her Licensed Clinical Social Work Degree, in which she plans to provide therapy to clients. Megan is passionate about helping individuals understand challenges they may face and provide them with support and solutions to help them cope and overcome.

Shelby Bowser
Licensed Counselor

Shelby Bowser is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Shelby received her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology in 2018 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She provides services at WILDD as a psychometrist, where she administers and scores neuropsychological tests to aid individuals in understanding their functional capacities. Her clinical experience also includes performing neuropsychological services, as well as individual counseling services at another outpatient clinic in Madison. She also maintains a consultant role at an inpatient facility, providing testing and counseling services to patients within the brain injury and behavioral health programs. Across these settings, she works with a wide variety of clients, including adults and children, as well as cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and mental health diagnoses. Shelby has a strong passion for supporting individuals with disabilities in understanding their abilities and finding independence.

Avalon McDonald-Lewis

Avalon McDonald-Lewis received her bachelor’s degree in neurobiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Avalon gained experience working with patients at UnityPoint Health- Meriter as a certified nursing assistant and electrocardiograph technician. After completing her degree, she has been working as a psychometrist with children of varying ages and abilities. She feels passionate about adapting the neuropsychological evaluation process to each individual person to meet their needs. She has experience working with people who have learning disabilities, cognitive challenges, and autism. She hopes to help people overcome the barriers they face to receive an equitable education.