The Cooper Learning Center’s team comprises dedicated educational and psychological professionals who understand the multi-faceted issues contributing to learning, attention and behavioral difficulties. Educational staff members are experienced reading teachers, special educators and English teachers. Many are certified and/or trained in programs such as the Wilson Reading Program, Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program, S.P.I.R.E., Preventing Academic Failure and Project Read. Consultations with physicians are conducted as needed with pediatric staff from Children's Regional Hospital at Cooper.
Richard Selznick, PhD, Director
Dr. Selznick is a psychologist, nationally certified school psychologist, adjunct graduate school professor, university professor of pediatrics and school consultant. He is author of the book The Shut-Down Learner: Helping Your Academically Discouraged Child, School Struggles: A Guide to Your Shut-Down Learner’s Success and the recently published Dyslexia Screening: Essential Concepts for Schools & Parents.
As Director of the Cooper Learning Center, Dr. Selznick oversees a program that assesses and treats a broad range of learning and school-based academic and behavioral problems. The Cooper Learning Center, established in 1995 by Dr. Selznick, is a division of the Department of Pediatrics of Cooper University Health Care. It is the leading program in the region, offering a variety of different services, including parent and teacher training along with its clinical practice.
Dr. Selznick also works as a school consultant and is frequently asked to lecture to parents and teachers on a variety of topics. Throughout the year, Dr. Selznick speaks to numerous parent groups at schools, at regional and national conferences, and internationally.
Robert Guillard, PsyD, Staff Psychologist
Dr. Guillard specializes in cognitive-behavioral approaches for children with anxiety and depression. He has more than 20 years of experience as a school psychologist.
Francine Gates, BA, Educational Outreach Coordinator
Francine Gates oversees district-contracted remediation and replacement services with the Cooper Learning Center. She frequently supports parents at IEP (Individualized Education Program) meetings and helps parents who are seeking contracted services with the schools. She also consults with many school districts. Gates oversees the Moorestown Learning Therapy Program.
Pamela Goldberger, BA, Educational Coordinator and Program Manager
Pam Goldberger joined the Cooper Learning Center in the summer of 2000. She has 20+ years of experience in education and is a certified Wilson Reading Instructor. She oversees the Voorhees Learning Therapy Program, Camden Summer Outreach Reading Programs and the Home-Based Fluency and Vocabulary Development Programs. Goldberger also helps guide parents with questions/concerns regarding testing, programming, scheduling, school, etc.
Nancy J. Hammill, MSEd, Learning Therapist, Professional Development and Outreach Coordinator
Nancy Hammill has 20 years of experience in the field of education helping students of all ages overcome their learning challenges. She works with public and private schools to improve the academic outcomes of students through teacher in-service training and mentoring. Hammill is in charge of the annual dyslexia conference. In addition, she helps design family programming for the Center.
Mary Mitsos, Division Coordinator
Mary Mitsos is the office coordinator of the program. She also helps parents with scheduling and billing issues.