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 pediatric neuropsychology and completed research on the neuroanatomical markers of dyslexia. She completed her APA-accredited internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute. Her specialty training includes working with children, adolescents, and young adults with neurodevelopmental issues including autism, epilepsy, ADHD, and learning disabilities as well as schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. Dr. Fernandez has also worked closely with the UCLA PEERS Program and developed a passion for teaching social skills to 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. She is an attending clinician and volunteer clinical faculty member in the UCLA Hispanic Neuropsychiatric Center of Excellence and collaborates with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health on program development and training.
Peer Reviewed Publications
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.
Social Skills Coach
Elina Veytsman, M.A.
Ms. Veytsman is a fourth 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, B.A.
Ms. Ortiz graduated from UCLA with an undergraduate degree in psychology. She volunteers 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).