Hi. I am Dr. Scott Newsom, a licensed psychologist currently in private practice in Austin, Texas. As a psychologist, I enjoy providing neuropsychology informed psycho-educational and psychological assessments for children, adolescents and adults. I focus on assessment of Neurodevelopmental Differences and my orientation is the neurodiversity paradigm. My office is conveniently located at 8105 Shoal Creek Dr. Suite B, Austin, TX 87857. This is just south of Steck in North Central Austin. Contact me now for an appointment or an initial assessment consultation.
I grew up in Austin and moved with my family to San Marcos, Texas in 1973. I attended Texas public schools throughout my education. After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology from Southwest Texas State University, I attended Texas Tech for my doctorate. Both of these universities were great choices because of the smaller classes and individualized education I could receive at each. Both universities provided me with a broad grounding in psychological theory and applications. Attending Texas Tech was rewarded with my acceptance for a highly competitive internship at the Houston Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. It was there I found my passion for Neuropsychology and my practice of assessment has been influenced by understanding brain-behavior relationships since that time.
I graduated with my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology in August of 1998, so I have passed 25 years of post-graduate practice. During my career I have had the privilege to work with a number of great organizations and individuals. I first worked in an inpatient psychiatric facility for two years as a therapist on a secure, long-term inpatient unit for young adolescents where I f=gained experience with severe psychiatric problems. I continued working with children and their families as I established my private practice called Newsom Psychological in the Houston area in 2000. In my private practice, I consulted for a variety of organizations including Juvenile Justice, Disability Determination, Children’s Protective Services, The Children’s Assessment Center, the Children’s Crisis Care Center and School Districts in the area. During that time, I was asked to testify as an expert witness in family court and juvenile court on multiple occasions. The experience of having my work examined in such high stakes setting further developed my focus on methods that have only the highest level of scientific support. So, after Neuropsychology, the practice standards of Civil Forensic Psychology became another major influence on my practice.
In 2013, my son had left for college and my wife and I were ready to move back closer to family and friends in Central Texas, so back to Austin we moved. I established a private practice where I consulted with a group of educational consultants, with a neurologist and with an autism-focused private practice providing assessments for all of these groups. These experiences deepened my commitment to providing assessment services for people with neurodevelopmental differences and as I gained more experience working with these clients, I began to develop a deep appreciation for neurodivergence affirming practice and that remains the primary focus of my practice to this day.
Although I am not currently accepting new clients as a therapist, when I do therapy I put my years of experience to use providing support for practical, evidence-based growth. I enjoy seeing my clients make positive, real changes in their lives meeting goals that have long-lasting benefits.