Shelley Peery, PhD
Dr. Shelley Peery completed her doctorate in the Neuropsychology subprogram of the Psychology department at City University of New York at Queens College. She completed her internship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Her post doctoral fellowship was completed at New York University Medical Center at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. She also trained at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at NYU and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Dr. Peery carried out her dissertation research on the recovery of neuropsychological functioning after subarachnoid hemorrhage, a type of stroke, at Columbia under the tutelage the of Stephan Mayer, MD, a world leader in the field of neurological intensive care. At the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Dr. Peery honed her skills in the neuropsychological assessment of Spanish speakers under the guidance of Jennifer Manly, PhD, a nationally recognized expert in cross cultural neuropsychology. Widely trained, Dr. Peery is a clinical neuropsychologist qualified to assess individuals with a variety of neurological and psychological disorders. Dr. Peery is also an adjunct faculty member of the University of California, Berkeley Extension, and has taught neuropsychology at the graduate level. She taught several college courses in her field at Queens College and City College in New York City and consulted at UCSF on an Alzheimer’s Disease research project. Dr. Peery has previously served as the Chair of the Culture and Diversity Committee for the the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN; 2011-2014) and on the board of directors of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society (Secretary 2008 – 2012) and the Northern California Neuropsychology Forum (Treasurer 2008-2010, Member at Large 2010-2012). A volunteer with the American Red Cross – Bay Area, she was the 2011-13 Lead for the Disaster Mental Health team in San Francisco. In addition to the above organizations, Dr. Peery is also a member of Division 40 (Neuropsychology) of the American Psychological Association and the California Psychological Association (Division 8 – Neuropsychology). Dr. Peery’s interests are in the neuropsychological assessment of Spanish speakers, recovery from acquired brain injury, and optimizing brain health and quality of life in senior citizens.
Serana Chester, PhD
Serana Chester, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and practicing neuropsychologist who provides both assessment and rehabilitation services to individuals with history of brain injury/neurological disease. Aside from her work at SFN, she is also on staff in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. She completed her pre-doctoral externship training at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital and also at the Memory and Aging Center and the Epilepsy Center at UCSF. She was awarded the Humanitarian Award while pursuing her master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University and The Johnson Fellowship while completing her doctoral studies at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University, where she specialized in neuropsychology. She was also the recipient of the Phillip M. Rennick Award at the International Neuropsychological Society Conference. Dr. Chester completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, San Diego, and the La Jolla Veterans Affairs Hospital in neuropsychology and behavioral medicine in primary care. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Ronald Ruff, PhD, ABPP, a leading expert in the field of traumatic brain injury. While on fellowship, she and Dr. Ruff coauthored a textbook on psychotherapy with individuals with acquired brain injury, which was released in 2014 by Guilford Press. She has published articles in mild traumatic brain injury and the diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases, and continues to be involved in ongoing research in concussion treatment at ZSFG. She is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, International Neuropsychological Society, and the Northern California Neuropsychology Forum. Lastly, Dr. Chester is bilingual in English and Spanish from being raised primarily abroad and offers assessment and psychotherapy services in both English and Spanish.
Maureen Daly, PhD
Dr. Maureen Daly is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Neuropsychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York at Queens College. She completed her internship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She then completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard-Partners Consortium in Clinical Neuropsychology, consisting of training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She has extensive training conducting assessments of individuals across the lifespan, including children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental, genetic and other medical conditions, and adults with a range of neuropsychiatric and neurological conditions, including neurodegenerative disorders. While on fellowship, she also acquired specialized training in the evaluation of epilepsy and non-epileptic seizures, as well as cerebellar disorders. Her research interests include the identification of neurodevelopmental risk factors for psychological disorders and the assessment of neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric features associated with neurological conditions. Dr. Daly is a member of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, California Psychological Association, International Neuropsychological Society, Northern California Neuropsychology Forum, and Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40) of the American Psychological Association.
Rayna Hirst, PhD
Dr. Rayna Hirst completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Neuropsychology, at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She completed her internship at the VA Ann Arbor/University of Michigan Healthcare System. Her postdoctoral fellowship was at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, in the Geisel School of Medicine. Her broad and diverse training has prepared her for the assessment of a variety of neurological and psychological disorders. In her clinical practice, she sees adults aged 18 and over (including older adults), for all types of neuropsychological evaluations, including ADHD, learning disorder, psychiatric disorders, medical diagnoses (e.g., multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, neuro-oncology), and dementia.
Dr. Hirst is on the faculty at Palo Alto University as the Director of the Neuropsychology Program, providing didactic and supervisory education to doctoral students who are training in neuropsychology. Her research focuses on the validity of neuropsychological assessment in a variety of clinical disorders. She also serves as the Research Director at San Francisco Neuropsychology PC, directing their clinical research program. She is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology Conflict of Interest Committee, the International Neuropsychological Society, and is Treasurer of the Northern California Neuropsychology Forum.
Karen Lau, PhD
Dr. Lau is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist. She obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology and received specialty training in Neuropsychology at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She completed a pre-doctoral internship in neuropsychology at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and the University of Illinois Chicago, and two-year clinical postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Through her training, Dr. Lau has developed considerable experience providing neuropsychological assessments to individuals with various conditions, including neurodegenerative disease, movement disorders, traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular disease, cancer, ADHD, and general medical and psychiatric conditions. Her clinical fellowship training also included pre and post-surgical evaluations for candidates pursuing temporal lobectomies and deep brain stimulation. She also gained an incredible appreciation for providing assessments to individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds. She is able to communicate in Cantonese and offers assessment and psychotherapy services in Cantonese and English. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Lau continues to actively pursue research interests in mild traumatic brain injury and cognitive aging through a research fellowship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. She is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society and the Northern California Neuropsychology Forum
Julia Nunan-Saah, PhD
Dr. Julia Nunan-Saah is a postdoctoral fellow in clinical neuropsychology who works with individuals across the lifespan. She was awarded a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, followed by a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Palo Alto University with an emphasis in neuropsychology. She completed her predoctoral internship training specializing in pediatric neuropsychology at Barrow Neurological Institute/Phoenix Children’s Hospital. There she refined her skills in the evaluation of pediatric populations with a wide range of conditions, including medical/neurological diagnoses (e.g., epilepsy, concussion, brain tumor, stroke), neurodevelopmental disabilities (e.g., ADHD, autism, intellectual disability, learning disorders, genetic conditions, prematurity/low birth weight), and psychiatric conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression, PTSD). She also has extensive training conducting assessments with adults with a range of conditions, including traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, movement disorders, neurodegenerative conditions, and psychiatric disorders. Her doctoral dissertation examined executive and psychosocial functioning in patients with pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis. Dr. Nunan-Saah is a member of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, International Neuropsychological Society, National Academy of Neuropsychology, Northern California Neuropsychology Forum, and Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40) of the American Psychological Association.