Wendy Newby is the director of The Levin Center and serves on the Board of Directors of this nonprofit organization. She received her B. S. degree from Cornell University and her M.Ed in Special Education from North Carolina State University. From 1983 to 2000, she served as associate director of a university-based diagnostic assessment center and taught educational assessment practices to graduate students. Since 2000, she has worked at Emory University as a resource for faculty on practices related to students with disabilities as a dean in the undergraduate college. Dr. Newby is a member of the American Psychological Association and Division 54: Pediatric Psychology.
Her special interest is in helping individuals and their families understand how to support transitions from elementary to middle school, from middle to high school and high school to college. Each transition requires new understandings and practices different ways to communicate with instructors and school organizations and new ways to build feelings of self-efficacy that are important for positive academic outcomes. In addition, she has interest in working with families whose children have experienced acute or chronic illness with the knowledge that illness of one family member affects the entire family and moving past or with illness requires deep understanding of family dynamics and new support systems.