Transforming Lives Center


Welcome to the

Transforming Lives Center

The Transforming Lives Center is the first private school-based full resource center on Oahu to provide comprehensive assessments of students who maybe struggling in a traditional school setting or facing academic challenges because of the pandemic. Students in kindergarten to 12th grade may get an assessment.

Assets is the only school in Hawaii specializing in educating children who are dyslexic, gifted, or learn differently. The objective of the Transforming Lives Center is to help parents and students understand dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and executive dysfunction. The center will be equipped to evaluate at-risk students in-person or virtually. Early intervention will help in the statewide effort to reduce high school drop-out rates. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities: “Students with specific learning disabilities drop-out of high school nearly three times the rate of all students. One in 5 children in the U.S. have learning and attention issues.”  Assets has always been a private school with a public purpose providing community outreach to teachers and parents to understand learning differences. 

Meet Dr. Elsa Lee

Dr. Elsa Lee is a psychologist who has more than a decade of experience working in community mental health clinics, schools, hospitals, and private practices in New York. Dr. Lee completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Virginia. She pursued her master's degree in mental health counseling at Columbia University, and her doctorate at New York University specializing in counseling psychology and clinical neuropsychology. 

Dr. Lee is passionate about working with children and families, providing psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessments for individuals with learning disabilities, neurodevelopmental disorders, neurological problems, and psychiatric conditions. She established and directed a social-emotional learning (SEL) center from 2017-2019 that focused on teaching social, emotional, and executive functioning skills to children in a group setting, as well as outreaching to parents to increase socoemotional literacy. Dr. Lee is keen on providing short-term psychotherapy using evidence-based interventions. Aside from clinical work, she teaches mental health counseling courses to graduate students as an adjunct faculty member at New York University.


Elsa Lee, Ph.D.

Assessments for dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other language based-learning differences are available.

If you'd like to inquire about an assessment please email