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Crista A. Hopp, M.A.

Director – Connected Pathways Coaching, LLC

My belief is that each individual has unlimited potential. I have had the good fortune to work with children and adults of all backgrounds throughout my career. I strongly believe, if given the chance, individuals will most often rise above expectations. My experience includes both children and adults with and without disabilities. Believing in themselves and having the tools to succeed are the first steps to connecting the pathways to their future.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree from Rowan University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie University. My career began at the ARC of Cape May County, New Jersey. I opened and managed residential homes for teens and adults. Until March of 2016,  I was the Research Coordinator for the Prematurity’s Effects on Toddlers, Infants, and Teens Study, known as PETIT. This was a longitudinal study being conducted in Northern Virginia through Inova  Children’s Hospital and Fairfax Neonatal Associates. I had worked with this study since 2008 under the direction of Ida Sue Baron, PhD. Among many roles, I administered neuropsychological tests to children ages three, six, and nine and also supervised students from local universities in their  administration of neuropsychological assessments to children that participated in the study.

I’m a Graduate of JST Coaching in Coaching Children with ADHD and Coaching Teens and College Students with ADHD.  With a diverse background in counseling, individuals with and without disabilities, neuropsychological assessment, and coaching; I bring an unique skill set to your family; especially in coaching of younger children. I also participate on the ACO (ADHD Coaches Organization) Program’s Committee. 

Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Publications

Hopp, C.A., Baron, I.S. (in production, 2016). Birth at 22 Gestational Weeks: Case Report of Cognitive Resilience. Child Neuropsychology. doi: 10.1080/13854046.2016.1224802

Rider, G.N. , Weiss, B.A. , McDermott, A., Hopp, C.A., Baron, I.S. (in press, 2015) Test of Visuospatial Construction Validity Evidence in Extremely Low Birthweight and Late Preterm Children at Early School Age. Child Neuropsychology. doi:10.1080/09297049.2015.1026889

Baron, I.S., Hopp, C. & Weiss, B. A. (in press, 2014) Developmental Normative Data for the Baron-Hopkins Board Test of Spatial Location Memory. Child Neuropsychology. doi:10.1080/09297049.2014.957264

Scientific Presentations

Ahronovich, M.D., Baron, I.S.; Baker, R.L.; Hopp. C.; Weiss, B., Litman, F.R.; (2015) Neurocognitive Effects of Birth at 23-25 Weeks Gestation at Preschool and School Age: PETIT Study Outcomes. Presented at the 2015 Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, San Diego, C.A.

Baron, I,S., Ahronovich, M. D., Weiss, B ., Hopp, C., Baveja, R., Baker, R., & Litman, F. R. (2014) Oxygen Reduction Initiative That Decreased Incidence and Severity of Retinopathy of Prematurity Results in Favorable Neuropsychological Outcomes at Age Three. Presented at the European Pediatric Academic Societies meeting, Barcelona, Spain.

Riegler, K., Weiss, B. A., Hopp, C. & Baron, I.S. (2014) Phonological Processing and Rapid Naming Differences in Late-Preterm Children at Age 6. 12th Annual Conference of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, New York, NY.

Riegler, K., Weiss, B. A., Hopp, C., Litman, F.R., Ahronovich, M.D., & Baron, I.S. (2013) Parental Reports of Attention and Test Performance Differ in Preschoolers Born at 23-25 Weeks’ Gestation. Presented at the 11th Annual Conference of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, Chicago, IL.

Baron, I. S., Weiss, B. A., Hopp, C., Litman, F., Baker, R. L. and Ahronovich, M.D. ( 2013.) Latent Mean Differences in Executive Function in At-Risk Preterm Preschoolers”, Presented at the 2013 Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Ahronovich, M. D. Hopp, C., Weiss, B., Baker, R. L., Litman, R. and Baron, I. S. (2013) Late-Preterm Preschoolers: Developmental Coordination Disorder or Delay?,” Presented at the 2013 Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Kerns, K., Talbot, K. Hopp, C. Müller, U, Litman, F. R., and Baron, I. S. (2013) The Tower of Monkeys: Investigation of Psychometric Properties of a Preschool Tower Task. Presented at the 41st Annual International Neuropsychological Society Meeting, Big Island, Hawaii.

Ahronovich, M.D. Baron, I. S., Baker, R., Hopp, C. and Litman, F. R. ( 2012) Subtle Neuropsychological Differences in a Preschool Late-Preterm Cohort: The PETIT Study. Platform presentation presented at 2012 Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Authored Chapters

Hopp, C., Baron, I.S. (2011) AAMD Adaptive Behavior Scales in Kruetzer, J., Luca, J., Caplan, B. (Eds) Encyclopedia of Neuropsychology, Springer. doi:10.1007/978-0-387-79948-3_1503

Kristine Shiverick, M.Ed.


Twelve years ago my husband and I were told by our son’s first grade teacher that she had some concerns about his ability to pay attention.

Since having our son tested and diagnosed with ADHD-Predominantly Inattentive Type, I have been on a quest to learn all I can about ADHD and provide him with the best possible support services.

I realized early-on that finding someone who truly understood ADHD was going to be a difficult task. My passion for learning about ADHD and helping individuals and families dealing with this unique brain style has lead me to a career in ADHD coaching. My son is my inspiration and coaching has felt like a natural progression from my BA in Severe Special Needs Education, a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education and parenting a child with ADHD.

It is through coaching that I am able to provide resources to help individuals and families discover effective strategies, minimize the challenges of ADHD, and live the life they want to live.
​I am the committee head of the ACO (ADHD Coaches Organization), Program’s Committee.

Maria Pugliese-Stefkovich


My firsthand family experience, observations, and desire to help individuals overcome and succeed has led me to coaching. I’m a mom of four children, two of whom have ADHD, one with Tourette’s.

​I became certified as a life/ADHD coach, and a graduate of JST Coaching & Training. For the past three years, I have worked with children, teens and adults with Executive Functioning challenges, Learning Disabilities and ADHD, as well as individuals in the criminal justice system.

My mission is to help challenged individuals build strategies, develop techniques, and utilize tools so they may find their path, enjoy their potential and dare to shine!

Memberships: International Coaching Federation (ICF), Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) & Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)