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When She Founded with Somer Hamrick, CEO & Founder of Channel Clinical is an insider view on what it really takes to start and scale a company in STEM. Each episode takes a deeper look into one such business venture and the woman who started it. Industry mavens describe their personal path to entrepreneurship through one-on-one conversations with a host who has been figuring it out herself. Somer Hamrick launched her own company in early 2019. With 20 years’ experience in business development and half that specifically in global health and clinical research, Somer found herself having to reach outside the life science community for support and mentorship. She created When She Founded as a platform to share what she has learned and is still learning, on her journey. This podcast demystifies some of the steps for female founders in industries where representation is lacking.

Feb 4, 2021

Dr. Karen Wilson is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, the owner of West LA Neuropsychology, PC, and the founder of ChildNEXUS.com.  She specializes in the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders in children and adolescents, and she has extensive experience evaluating children, adolescents and young adults who present with learning, processing or social-emotional challenges.  As a clinician, her goal is to use her in-depth understanding of brain-behavior relationships to help identify the causes of difficulties individuals are experiencing, and she utilizes comprehensive and evidence-based approaches to determine one’s unique neurocognitive profile, which includes the identification of strengths and weaknesses, in order to help her develop a treatment plan tailored to each child, adolescent or young adult.
 
She is the former Graduate Coordinator and Chair of the Department of Psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills (retired), and she currently supervises interns and pre-doctoral neuropsychology trainees at UCLA. She is frequently invited to speak about brain development, assessment, learning differences, and social-emotional issues in children and adolescents.  She has given a number of presentations at national conferences, and she has published articles in national journals. 

Dr. Wilson joins me today to discuss her background  as a pediatric neuropsychologist. She also tells us about her founders story and the her company, ChildNEXUS. Dr. Wilson’s passion for this arena and the children that are impacted is apparent in our discussion. She shares why she left academia to create this central location of information and resources for parents of children dealing with social-emotional challenges. 

“It's also one of the reasons why I wanted to start child Nexus because what I was finding is that there was a disconnect between the science and all of this great information that was coming out about the neurobiology of dyslexia and ADHD, and what's happening in the brain and what we can do, what changes can be, can be can occur when you have specific interventions that target the neuroplasticity of the brain” - Dr. Karen Wilson

 

  • Today on When She Founded:
  • What type of challenges are being observed by parents now that kids are quarentined
  • Making the leap from academia to a tech entrepreneur 
  • A membership based platform for practitioners
  • Knowing when to go after funding
  • Dealing with two sided marketing
  • Her podcast - Diverse Thinking Different Learning
  • Some of the growth challenges while fundraising
  • Moving into a front facing CEO and sales from a research position
  • Changing the language in the social-emotional ecosystem
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders and their distinction 
  • What the platform looks like for parents vs. practitioners

 

To connect with Dr. Wilson at ChildNEXUS  and Instagram or with Dr. Wilson on LinkedIn

 

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