The Henry B. and Jocelyn Wallace Assessment and Counseling Clinic (ACC) of the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development is dedicated to providing clinical, outreach, and consultation services for high ability and twice-exceptional students, their families, and their schools. We provide assessment, therapy, and consultation services to students in preschool (minimum age 4 years) through college.

Request Services

If you wish to obtain information about our services or are interested in scheduling an assessment, counseling, or consultation, please complete the online form.

Current Wait Times

We have a waiting list for several of our services. These are our current estimates:

  • Our current wait for an educational evaluation is 4-6 months.
  • Our current wait for most twice-exceptional diagnostic evaluations is approximately 12 months; however, the wait for a twice-exceptional diagnostic evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorder is estimated to be approximately 18 months at this time.

Families who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch are eligible to apply for financial aid for psychological assessment services. A select number of financial aid awards will be provided each year depending on available funds. The financial aid request form should be completed in conjunction with the Request for Services form (see link above). All financial aid slots for the 2018-2019 fiscal year have been filled and we are not accepting new financial aid applications at this time. We will resume accepting financial aid applications in September of 2019.

Current Clients

You may download forms and privacy information here at any time.


Comprehensive assessments are available at the Belin-Blank Center’s Assessment and Counseling Clinic (ACC) to determine the ability and achievement profiles of gifted and talented students, to examine career and area-of-study options, to identify the possible presence of a disability and/ or social-emotional concern, and to help parents and educators determine a student’s psychosocial and educational needs. This assessment typically includes obtaining background information from the family and school, clinical interviews with students and parents, observation, and psychological/ educational testing.


Counseling sessions for gifted and talented students and their families are also available at the ACC. These sessions are designed to assist students and their families with adjustment and emotional difficulties that may be related to the students’ giftedness or twice-exceptionality (a high ability learner who also has a co-existing disability).

Due to our extensive waitlist, we are not currently accepting new therapy clients.

Twice-Exceptional Research

An estimated 6% of gifted students in the United states have exceptional academic ability in one or more area(s) while also facing challenges of a learning/social emotional disability or diagnosed disorder. The Belin-Blank Center, a long-time leader in twice-exceptional student research, is partnering with the Iowa Neuroscience Institute to bring a unique approach to new research that considers the educational, psychological, neurological, and genetic factors of twice-exceptionality.

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Social Skills Group

The ACC offers a social skills intervention group for students in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate strong intellectual or academic skills and social skills challenges (either due to autism spectrum disorder or another diagnosis). The primary goal of the group is to help adolescents build relationship skills and increase self-confidence regarding social interaction. This group, which is 8 to 10 sessions in length, is offered once per calendar year. If you indicate interest in the group on the intake form, you will receive an email inviting your adolescent to participate prior to the start of the next group session.

Outreach and Consultation

A variety of consultation services are offered to parents of gifted and talented students. Topic areas for consultation are diverse, and can include obtaining academic acceleration options, planning for post-secondary education, and obtaining diagnostic second opinions. The ACC staff is available on a limited basis to provide outreach services to child psychology and education professionals.


Some of our webinars focus on characteristics of gifted students with academic, social, and/or emotional difficulties.


The Assessment and Counseling Clinic (ACC) provides training opportunities in psychoeducational assessment, counseling, and consultation for pre- and post-doctoral-level supervisees from specialty areas in school, counseling, and clinical psychology, and promotes services for gifted and talented populations through these training opportunities. The ACC training program meets the guidelines of the Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct (APA, 2003), Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice (ACA, 1995), Principles for Professional Ethics and Guidelines for the Provision of School Psychological Services (NASP, 2000), and Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, ACA, & NCME, 1999).

Our Staff

The clinical staff of the ACC consists of Dr. Alissa Doobay, Licensed Psychologist; Dr. Tracy Ksiazak, Licensed Psychologist; Dr. Kristin Wurster, Psychology Associate; Dr. Megan Foley Nicpon, Licensed Psychologist and Clinic Researcher; Dr. Susan Assouline, Director of the Belin-Blank Center; Nancy Whetstine, clinic secretary; and practicum students. Dr. Doobay clinically supervises practicum students who are enrolled in doctoral programs at The University of Iowa. Dr. Assouline provides administrative supervision. Read more about our clinic staff.

Henry B. and Jocelyn Wallace

Henry B. and Jocelyn Wallace of Scottsdale, Arizona, have been outstanding advocates for gifted students. The ACC was made possible by a generous gift from them. It was the aspiration of Henry B. and Jocelyn that gifted children and their families would have opportunities to receive counseling services. This Clinic is a testament to their vision and generosity and is named in their honor.


The Packet of Information for Professionals - 2nd Edition (PIP2) was developed for educators whose students are identified as both gifted and talented and with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or twice-exceptional. It is available both as a PDF and on the iTunes Store.

The Packet of Information for Families (PIF) was developed for parents whose children are identified as both gifted and talented and with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), or twice-exceptional.