Patrick M. Martin, Ph.D.
Dr. Patrick M. Martin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Business and Management, and a Doctoral degree in Psychology.
As a retired United States Air Force commissioned officer, a retired businessman, and a retired Special Education teacher, Dr. Martin has extensive experience in management and leadership and has travelled to 49 countries.
Dr. Martin’s primary area of interest is the psychological aspects of "transition activities." Of particular concern to him is the assessment of cognitive abilities, as compared to functional age, and that relationship to finding and holding on to employment. In addition, he has devoted extensive study to the process of adjusting to and gaining satisfaction from retirement.
As a certified Special Education teacher in the State of Texas, Dr. Martin is a strong proponent of Special Education advocacy. He has represented families and students in the ARD process with the singular goal of ensuring that the developed IEP meets not only the current needs of the student but additionally prepares the student to be a future productive member of society.
Sylvia G. Garza, Ph.D.
Dr. Sylvia G. Garza holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s of Business Administration in Management, and a Doctoral degree in School Psychology (dual emphasis in Child-Clinical Psychology and Cultural/Language Influences).
Dr. Garza is a Licensed Psychologist in the State of Texas. a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP), and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP).
Prior to entering her current career, Dr. Garza was a Human Resource Representative at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Houston’s Johnson Space Center.
Dr. Garza’s primary area of interest is Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment. She also performs bilingual assessments (English/Spanish) for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Emotional Disturbances (ED), Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), Behavioral Disorders, and Intellectual Disabilities.
Dr. Garza performs Autism Spectrum Disorder and Emotional Disturbance assessments for Mesquite ISD under contract from Dallas County Schools. She has also performed under contract for Sunnyvale ISD, Denton ISD, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Lewisville ISD, Arlington ISD, Grand Prairie ISD, Evant ISD, and Coppell ISD.
Dr. Garza is a practitioner of “family oriented” assessment. She is a firm believer that successful outcomes can only result from collaboration among, family, student, school, and community.
A Company Overview
Professional Psychological Solutions
Professional Psychological Solutions (PPS) was formed for the expressed purpose of providing clients with a number of all-encompassing psychological solutions and strategies. The principal partners of PPS drew on their experiences from within the public school system to ascertain the need for an independent source of educational assessments. It was apparent that parents, students, and Independent School Districts (ISDs) were both overwhelmed and short-handed when it came to rapidly and efficiently handling the ever-increasing case load of special needs students.
In addition, numerous articles appearing in both professional and popular media indicated that many special needs students were not being adequately prepared for life after school despite the mandates of IDEA 2004. This “transition” mandate was often non-existent or being minimally addressed at many public schools. PPS decided to offer a unique approach to an ever-growing problem. From this need arose both the “PPS Transition program” and the PPS Special Education Advocacy Program.
As investigation into the employment requirements of special needs students unfolded, PPS also determined that potential problems involving the “Baby Boomer” generation also presented excellent opportunities for additional psychological solutions. This led to the creation and formulation of a program to aid in the adjustment to retirement and ability to increase satisfaction from retirement.
Professional Psychological Solutions is committed to providing the most current assessments, the most current development of IEPs, and the most current information regarding employment and retirement.