Clinical Directors

Social Endeavors takes the clinical expertise and real-world parental experiences of their staff to bring help to kids and parents alike.


Dr. Miri Arie

Dr. Miri Arie has been helping children to improve social skills since 1999, when she worked as an ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) therapist for home based interventions for children with Autism Spectrum disorder. Since then, she practiced as a clinical psychology intern at Schneider Children’s Medical Center, where she acquired a broad range of experience with different intervention methods such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Parent Management training, Play-Therapy, and specific experience with wide range of curriculums teaching social skills to children.

Dr. Arie completed a PhD program in clinical child psychology from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. In her research dissertation she studied the physiological as well as the behavioral characteristics of children with Selective-Mutism. As part of her research she developed a Cognitive-Behavioral intervention tailored for the needs of elementary school age children with Selective Mutism.

In 2006, Dr. Arie moved to the US, where she completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Articulab, Center for Technology and Social Behavior, at Northwestern University. Her research focused on developing a social skills assessment for children with Autism Spectrum disorders using technologically mediated devices.

In 2008, Dr. Arie joined  the Pediatric Consultation Center as a post-doc clinical fellow.

Dr. Arie’s interests are understanding the development of social skills in children and the psychopathologies related to social skill deficits. Her previous research and clinical experience includes: Autism Spectrum Disorder (with special expertise with high-functioning autism, Asperger’s disorder), Selective-Mutism, Nonverbal learning Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety disorders, and defiant behaviors.

Dr. Arie is fluent in English and Hebrew.



Chava Alpert
Chava Alpert, MSW, LCSW

Chava Alpert has been providing clinical services to children and their families for over 15 years in the greater Chicago area.

As a family Social Worker at Kaleidoscope her work focused on supporting teen mothers on their parenting journey. This included helping them to access educational, vocational, social and emotional services to help them continue their own development while growing as parents of their young children.

During her over five years as a clinician at the Virginia Frank Child Development Center, she provided individual, child, group and family therapy to the centers clientle of families with children aged 8 and under. Many of the families were encountering typical developmental social and emotional difficulties while others were working to help their children diagnosed with anxiety disorders, autistic spectrum disorders, PDD, attachment disorders and sensory regulatory disorders.  At the center Ms Alpert staffed ongoing playgroups for parents and their children focusing on child development and parenting.

During this time, Ms. Alpert received a number of training and certifications around early childhood development and family services from Greenspan’s Floortime model to Imago couples therapy. Additionally, she served as an advocate for many families in their process of accessing services for their children in the public school system.

In 2004, Ms. Alpert began working in the Learning Together program of Child Care Network of Evanston,  where her work focuses on reflective social emotional consultation to teachers and administrators and direct service with children and their parents. Today, Ms. Alpert provides mental health consultation to 3 full day child care centers in Evanston working with over 25 staff people and 150 children.

Throughout her career, Ms. Alpert has helped hundreds of families and early childhood educators delivering mental health, advocacy and educational services.

Ms. Alpert has her bachelors degree in Behavioral Sciences from  Ben Gurion University in Israel and  her Masters in Social Work from Yeshiva University in New York City.

Ms. Alpert is the mother of three children.



David Smith

David Smith hails from Columbia, PA, but has been living in Chicago for the past year. He is an Elementary Education graduate from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN, where he also minored in Theatre. Mr. Smith has traveled the country with Missoula Children’s Theatre and The National Theatre for Children before settling down in the midwest where he is currently pursuing a career in the performing arts, while continuing to follow his love of teaching.

Mr. Smith has worked with Camp 1 in 100 (a camp for kids with Autism) in Highland Park, IL for the past two summers, and has taught several drama clubs at elementary schools in Evanston, IL and Chicago during the past year.


Lisa Gold

Lisa Gold has been dedicated to working with children and their families for over 15 years. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Ms. Gold worked with different groups of children with disabilities and then, following her heart and love of children she pursued a masters Degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) at Washington University.

Since 1997 Ms. Gold has been working as an OT through NorthShore University HealthSystem. In this arena she works with children who have a variety of diagnoses including neurological disorders, cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, autism, pervasive developmental disorder,  developmental coordination disorder, sensory processing disorder, feeding difficulties fine and visual motor deficits. For over seven years, she has been participating in Early Intervention, providing services for families of an infant or toddler, 0-3 years of age. Additionally, Ms. Gold has a private practice providing individual OT treatment in children’s homes.