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Vindia G. Fernandez, Ph.D.  |  PSY28365

Founder and Clinical Director

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.

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Benjamin Rolon-Arroyo, Ph.D. | PSY30849 

Neuropsychological Associate

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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Colin J. Gallagher, Ph.D. | PSY31739

Neuropsychological Associate

Dr. Gallagher earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University, where he studied the relationship between childhood adversity and the development of social cognition. After completing his internship at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VAMC with a focus on neuropsychological assessment, trauma interventions, and the evaluation and treatment of individuals with disabilities, Dr. Gallagher went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. His specialty training includes neuropsychological assessment across the lifespan for neurological and neurodevelopmental issues, including TBI, ADHD, learning disorders, and autism. Dr. Gallagher is a clinical instructor and volunteer clinical faculty member in the UCLA Medical Psychology Assessment Center.

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Elina Veytsman, Ph.D.

School Psychology Associate

Dr. Veytsman earned her PhD in School Psychology at UC Riverside, where she studied the experience of parents of youth with developmental disabilities during their transition to adulthood. Dr. Veytsman is completing her Doctoral Psychology Internship at The Help Group, where she conducts individual and family therapy and psychodiagnostic assessments for youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders. In September 2022, Dr. Veytsman will begin her postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA PEERS Clinic where she will facilitate the dating and career research programs for young adults, and train mental health professionals and educators in the implementation of the PEERS intervention. Dr. Veytsman has conducted the PEERS program in both group and individual formats across clinical and school settings, and has researched the efficacy of the PEERS intervention for Latinx teens with ASD in the Inland Empire.

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Chanel Nettle, B.A.

Social Skills Coach

Chanel is a second-year doctoral student in the School Psychology program at UC Riverside. Chanel previously earned her B.A. in Psychology with a double-minor in Applied Developmental Psychology and Disabilities Studies from UCLA. At UCLA, Chanel was a research assistant at the Childhood Anxiety, OCD, and Tic Disorders program and was a child development intern at UCLA's Early Childcare and Education center. After graduating, Chanel worked at UCLA as the clinic coordinator and research lead for UCLA's Parenting and Children's Friendship program and a therapist for UCLA's Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization program. She is currently a graduate student researcher at the UCR SEARCH Family Autism Resource Center, a free autism assessment clinic for Latino families in the Inland Empire.

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Ana Pedreros, B.A.

Administrative Assistant

Ana is a recent UCLA graduate with a B.S. in Psychobiology. During her studies at UCLA, Ana was a research coordinator at the Elegant Mind Collaboration. She analyzed cognitive learning and memory through a neurophysiological approach to understand the perception of color and brightness. Ana was a part of Students in Integrative Medicine, where she shadowed doctors at a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic and participated in different workshops specialized in complementary and alternative medicines. She is currently a volunteer at Dyslexia Solutions, a non-profit organization that combines music therapy with a reading program to help dyslexic children improve their literacy skills. Ana strives to pursue a Ph.D in child and adolescent development to study proactive therapies that can help neurodiverse children realize their full potential.