Shelley Peery | Maureen Daly | Aikisha L. Harley | Rayna Hirst | Karen Lau | Julia Nunan-Saah | Johanna Rengifo
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.
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.
Aikisha L. Harley, PhD
Dr. Aikisha Harley is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist. She earned her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology at Palo Alto University. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship training at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System and a two-year neuropsychology postdoctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center.
Through her various training opportunities, Dr. Harley refined her neuropsychological assessment skills of individuals across the lifespan with various neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental, and psychiatric disorders including neurodegenerative diseases, epilepsy, movement disorders, traumatic brain injury, cancer, ADHD, learning differences, depression, and anxiety. During her postdoctoral fellowship, her training also included pre- and post-surgical evaluations for candidates pursuing deep brain stimulation and temporal lobectomies.
Additionally, Dr. Harley has experience providing psychotherapy to adults and older adults with mood disorders secondary to neurocognitive disorders. Her research interests include medical neuropsychology, the impact of mood on cognitive functioning, movement disorders, and cognitive aging. Dr. Harley is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society and the 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.
Johanna Rengifo, PhD
Dr. Johanna Rengifo is a bilingual (Spanish / English) Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist. She completed her Ph.D. at Palo Alto University, with a double major in neuropsychology and clinical neuroscience in women’s health, in conjunction with Stanford School of Medicine, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Tampa VA and three post-doctoral fellowships in Gero-Neuropsychology at the Miami VA, in Rehabilitation-Neuropsychology at Tampa General Hospital, and in Clinical Neuropsychology at UCSF / Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.
Dr. Rengifo specializes in working with adults and older adults with a wide range of conditions, including medical/neurological diagnoses and neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., epilepsy, concussion, brain tumor, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease), and psychiatric conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression, PTSD). She also conducts immigration evaluations. Her clinical and research interests include Latino older adults, medical neuropsychology, and positive / health neuropsychology.
Dr. Rengifo is an active member of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society and has served as a board member, as well as co-chair of their scientific conference in 2017. She is also a member of the California Psychological Association, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the Northern California Neuropsychology Forum.