Grow Assessment & Counseling Services: A Division of The Thriving Students Collective™
Our diverse team of professionals specialize in assessment and coaching to help parents to uncover the causes of children’s learning difficulties and collaborate with the school to garner needed supports.
You are welcome to contact us for a complimentary 30 minute consultation about your child and learn how working with a Grow professional can help your child achieve their full potential.
954 Risa Rd, Suite A
Lafayette, CA 94549
Meet Our Clinicians
Graziella Awabdy, Ph.D.
Licensed Educational Psychologist
Graziella is a licensed educational psychologist and credentialed school psychologist with over 10 years of experience conducting psycho-educational assessments. Graziella received her doctoral training in school psychology from UC Berkeley, which emphasized an ecological and cross-cultural lens when investigating learning and development. She has worked with children, adolescents, and young adults from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds throughout the San Francisco Bay area and has a wealth of experience with developmental and learning issues including ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, learning challenges such as Dyslexia, and mood/anxiety disorders. Graziella is available to conduct psycho-educational assessments in both English and Spanish.
Javarte Bobino, Phd.D.
Licensed Educational Psychologist
Dr. Javarte Bobino is a Licensed Educational Psychologist and credentialed school psychologist who holds a Doctoral Degree in Educational Psychology. He completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. He possesses years of experience working with youth and adults in a variety of settings. Dr. Bobino has been an adjunct instructor for Mills College, St. Mary’s College of California, Loyola Marymount University, and University of San Francisco. Dr. Bobino is native to the Bay Area and specializes in working with foster youth, developing mental health program initiatives, optimizing the learning atmosphere, student development, and promoting a safe learning environment.
Frances Dickson, M.A
Frances has been an educational leader at the San Francisco Friends School for fourteen years as the Developmental Support Services Coordinator and lower school learning specialist. Prior to her work at SFFS, she was a learning specialist at The Nueva School, a school for gifted children. Originally from Kentucky, Frances began her career as a classroom teacher for several years in rural Florida and then relocated to San Francisco where she worked for thirteen years at the San Francisco Day School. It was at SFDS where she found her love of working with children with learning differences and shifted gears to become a learning specialist. She completed her M.A. in Learning and Instruction at the University of San Francisco. Frances has been active with the International Dyslexia Association for many years and has served twice as branch president. She has an extensive background in structured literacy and in working with students with written language disorders such as dyslexia. Frances enjoys gardening, yoga, bike riding, boot camp, walking on the beach and traveling.
Jennifer Rocabado, M.S.
Licensed Educational Psychologist
Jennifer has been a Licensed Educational Psychologist and California Credentialed School Psychologist for over 20 years in the South Bay. She holds a BA in both English and Psychology from the University of San Diego and M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in School Psychology from California State University, Easy Bay. Recently, she received her Diplomate of School Neuropsychology certification.
Currently she is the Co-President of Santa Clara County Association of School Psychologists where she works to coordinate and facilitate collaboration and training opportunities to school psychologists in the Bay Area. When she is not assessing, teaching students (and parents!) about their brains and feelings, or writing reports, Jennifer enjoys time spent outdoors with her family, which includes her husband, two teen sons (14 and 16), and two dachshund-mix dogs.
Laura Hansen, Ed.S., M.Ed.
Nicole Smith PsyD
Dr. Nicole has been working as a clinical/school psychologist, specializing in assessment, for the past eight years. Dr. Nicole grew up in Perth, Western Australia and moved to the US to attend Northwestern University. She played Division 1 Field Hockey and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Dr. Nicole received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her Doctorate degree from Alliant International University in San Francisco. She enjoys traveling, reading (all things Harry Potter), watching movies, learning German, tap dancing, and adventuring with her five year old son.
Hila Pazner, Ph.D.
Hila Pazner, Ph.D., is a credentialed school psychologist and a California licensed psychologist, with experience administering numerous cognitive, academic, and social-emotional measures to students from all backgrounds. She holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in school psychology from UC Berkeley, and a B.A. in psychology from UCLA. She has served Bay Area schools since 2015, having worked with San Francisco, Oakland, Brisbane, Hayward, and Albany school districts.
Dr. Pazner is currently a part of the clinical faculty at UC Berkeley's school psychology doctoral program. She has also held instructorships for graduate-level courses at the University of San Francisco and CSU East Bay.
Meet Our Leadership Team
Rebecca Branstetter, Ph.D.
Founder of Grow Assessment and Thriving Students Collective™
Rebecca Branstetter, Ph.D., is a California-certified psychologist and a licensed public school psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her doctorate in Education at the University of California at Berkeley and conducted post-doctoral training at the Autism Clinic at the University of California, San Francisco.
A sought-after speaker and national media expert, Rebecca’s expertise has appeared in various publications, including Huffington Post, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, and Parents Magazine. She has also published several books and created online courses for parents and professionals on supporting struggling students, particularly those with attention and executive functioning challenges.
Gina Beaman, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist, Director of DEI & Ethics
Dr. Gina Beaman has a Psy.D.in Educational Psychology, a Pupil Personnel Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC), a License in Educational Psychology (LEP), a License in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT), & is a Certified Learning Disability Specialist for the California Community Colleges. She has worked professionally in the field of mental health and school psychology for over 26 years. She has served in leadership roles with the California Association of School Psychologists as chair of the DEI and Ethics Committees.
She specializes in assessments for college level students who seek accommodations, assessments for accommodations for high stakes testing for adults and high school students who are ready to take the ACT or SAT, and assessments for entrance into Gifted and Talented programs.
Sarah Eisenberg Hauser
Chief Executive Officer
Sarah is a passionate and tenured business Executive Leader in the education technology industry, with extensive background in marketing, education and business. From working directly with students, public administrators, and members of the private sector, she brings over 20 years of sales, management, training, marketing, operational and customer success, and recruiting expertise.
Sarah holds a BA in Sociology and a minor in Education from the University of California at Berkeley and two Master's degrees: An MBA in Marketing and a Master's in Teaching from the University of San Francisco, She also completed a certification program at Columbia Business School in Building and Leading Effective Teams. Sarah resides in Oakland, California with her 3 amazing children and husband.
Vice President of Operations
Mike’s journey into helping students overcome educational barriers started in 2007, as an SAT prep instructor. He spent the next 15 years of his career working in operations and management at The Princeton Review. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Mike lives in Oakland, California. When he’s not at work, you can often find him in front of a piano, singing with his local community chorus or eating (food is the great love of his life).
Rob is an educational leader who develops long-term relationships to connect K12 site and district leaders with the best solutions for their schools and districts. As an advisor, he supports partnerships that provide educational opportunities for all students and erase the opportunity gap and digital divide.