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Founder and Clinical Director

Vindia G. Fernandez, Ph.D.  |  PSY28365

Dr. Fernandez obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Houston where she studied the neural underpinnings of dyslexia.  She completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship in the neuropsychology training program at the UCLA Semel Institute.  As a recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Health, Dr. Fernandez studied language and neurocognitive functioning in young adults with schizophrenia.  During her time at UCLA, Dr. Fernandez also worked closely with Dr. Liz Laugeson in the UCLA PEERS Clinic running groups for parents of adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum and other neurodiverse youth.  In 2017, Dr. Fernandez founded the Center for Pediatric Neuropsychology in part to address the growing need for culturally and linguistically appropriate evaluations for Latino/a children.  Dr. Fernandez is currently a pediatric neuropsychologist in the Hispanic Neuropsychiatric Center of Excellence at  the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine; she teaches assessment in the Educational Therapy program in the CSUN Michael D. Eisner College of Education; and she continues to provide individualized social skills training using the UCLA PEERS model in her private practice.

Benjamin Rolon Arroyo

Neuropsychology Associate

Benjamin Rolon-Arroyo, Ph.D. | PSY30849 

Dr. Rolon-Arroyo is a clinical psychologist whose clinical practice specializes in children and adolescents. Dr. Rolon-Arroyo obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology at UCLA and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts—Amherst, where he conducted research on children with ADHD and disruptive behavior problems. He completed his internship and postdoctoral training at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine where he specialized in neuropsychological assessment. He is a current recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Rolon-Arroyo studies the development of disruptive behavior disorders and the impact of traumatic stress in youth, including self-harm and suicide risk.   

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Social Skills Coach

Elina Veytsman

Ms. Veytsman is a third year doctoral student in the School Psychology program at UC Riverside, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and social skills interventions for adolescents and young adults with social challenges. Ms. Veytsman is a graduate student researcher at the UCR SEARCH Family Autism Resource Center, a free autism assessment clinic targeted towards Latino families in the Inland Empire. She was previously the clinic coordinator of the UCLA PEERS Clinic and continues to conduct PEERS at UCR and in schools. Elina earned her B.A. in psychology with a minor in education from UCLA. Her current research projects include examining the effects of the PEERS intervention with Latino families of teens with ASD, and investigating the family experience during the transition to adulthood for young adults with ASD and intellectual disabilities.

Gema Ortiz

Clinic Coordinator

Gema Ortiz

Ms. Ortiz is a Psychology major at UCLA volunteering for The Human Connectome Project-Aging (HCPA) with Dr. Susan Bookheimer and Dr. Mirella Diaz-Santos.   She recently completed independent research at the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain in the Department of Neurology at Columbia University under the mentorship of Dr. Stephanie Cosentino and Dr. Adam Brickman. Her project utilized resting fMRI data to map social cognitive changes in pre-clinical behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD).