Shelley Peery | Aikisha L. Harley | Rayna Hirst | Sanam Lalani | Karen Lau | Sara Mason | Johanna Rengifo | Kris Verroulx
Shelley Peery, PhD
Shelley Peery, PhD is the founder and executive director at San Francisco Neuropsychology, PC (SFN), an institute for cross cultural neuropsychological assessment across the lifespan. Dr. Peery maintains clinical and forensic caseloads, teaches, and collaborates on SFN research. A graduate of the Neuropsychology subprogram at City University of New York, Dr. Peery is bilingual in Spanish and evaluates individuals of all languages. She established SFN in 2009 to provide culturally competent evaluations and training. SFN staff train an average of two post-doctoral fellows per year and a class of about 5 practicum students. Dr. Peery teaches at the University of California, Berkeley Extension, and co-chairs the Social Justice Committee of the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society.
Dr. Peery began focusing on cross cultural assessment early in her graduate training and very soon, recognized the lag in access to care that her Spanish-speaking patients’ experienced. Dr. Peery is passionate about improving Spanish-speakers’ access to culturally competent neuropsychological services. She served on various committees for HNS and as Secretary from 2008-2012. Currently, she is co-chair of the Social Justice and Advocacy Task Force.
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – The Graduate Center, City University of New York
- Pre-doctoral internship – Mount Sinai Medical Center
- Post-doctoral fellowship –The Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University (NYU) Medical Center
- A Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology
- Recognized for her community service by the San Francisco Psychological Association and the American Red Cross
Google Scholar References
Dissertation available at Amazon.com
Introduction to Neuropsychology Syllabus
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 (e.g., depression, anxiety), medical diagnoses (e.g., multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, neuro-oncology), and dementia.
Dr. Hirst is an Associate Professor and Director of the Neuropsychology Program at Palo Alto University, providing didactic and supervisory education to doctoral students who are training in neuropsychology. Her research focuses on the validity and interpretation of neuropsychological assessment in a variety of clinical disorders. She also serves as the Research Director at San Francisco Neuropsychology PC, leading their clinical research program. She is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology Conflict of Interest Committee, the International Neuropsychological Society, and is Member-at-large and former Treasurer of the Northern California Neuropsychology Forum.
Sanam J. Lalani, PhD
Dr. Sanam Lalani is a licensed Neuropsychologist in the states of California and Texas. She also has the Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) granted by the PSYPACT Commission. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at
Brigham Young University – Provo, Utah and residency at the VA Northern California Health Care System – Martinez, California, both with specialization in neuropsychology. She then went on to complete her two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Epilepsy Center at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Dr. Lalani assesses individuals across the lifespan with various neurodevelopmental, medical, neurological, and psychiatric disorders. She has particular expertise with pre-and post-surgical neuropsychological assessment of individuals with epilepsy and movement disorders. Her research interests include the cognitive and psychological consequences of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) and traumatic brain injury. She conducts TLE research as a member of the Lab of Cognitive Imaging (LOCI Lab) at the University of California San Diego.
In addition to neuropsychological evaluations, Dr. Lalani provides cognitive rehabilitation to assist with problems of memory and attention, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). She is a member of American Psychological Association (APA), the Asian Neuropsychological Association (ANA), and the International Neuropsychological Society (INS). Within INS, she is a member of two special interest groups (INS SIGs): Epilepsy and Brain Injury.
Karen Lau, PhD, ABPP/CN
Dr. Karen Lau is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist with experience in the assessment of adults with complex neuropsychiatric conditions (e.g. concussion and traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, epilepsy, stroke, and many other disorders affecting the brain) and comorbid psychiatric conditions (e.g. ADHD, PTSD, depression, etc.). She has a longstanding interest in the assessment, intervention, and consultation of patients with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, among others. She has appreciation for providing assessments to individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds and can communicate in Cantonese.
Dr. Lau is also on staff at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco’s Sports Medicine Center where she serves as part of a multidisciplinary team managing concussion recovery among student athletes. She completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, during which time she received specialty training in Neuropsychology at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She completed her internship with a Neuropsychology emphasis at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Her postdoctoral fellowship was in the Department of Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. She is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), and Sports Neuropsychological Society (SNS).
Sara Mason, PsyD
Dr. Mason is a postdoctoral fellow with San Francisco Neuropsychology. She earned master’s degree in clinical psychology/biopsychology from New York University and then completed a doctorate in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in Neuropsychology, at the University of Denver. She completed a pre-doctoral internship in the Neuropsychology Track at California Pacific Medical Center’s Ray Dolby Brain Health Center. Dr. Mason has received neuropsychological training in a variety of settings, including academic medical centers, inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, forensic settings, and community mental health clinics. Her primary areas of interest include neurodegenerative disease processes, movement disorders, traumatic brain injury/concussion, stroke, neuroanatomy, and psychometrics of neuropsychological assessment measures. She has additional experience with an array of neurological conditions, including epilepsy, neuro-oncology, multiple sclerosis, infections of the central nervous system (e.g., West Nile Virus, Meningitis), and hippocampal sclerosis, among others.
Dr. Mason’s dissertation examined the psychometrics of the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) in Division I collegiate athletes and offered clinical use guidelines for sports medicine providers. She has conducted additional research examining lateralization of cognitive function in Parkinson’s disease and explored neuroanatomical correlates of chronically elevated cortisol. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences nationwide.
Dr. Mason is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), Northern California Neuropsychology Forum (NCNF), and Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), and Division 44 (Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity) of the American Psychological Association.
Johanna Rengifo, PhD
Dr. Johanna Rengifo is a bilingual (Spanish / English) Clinical Psychologist who specializes in Neuropsychology. She is also a certified brain injury specialist (CBIS). 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 (e.g., epilepsy, concussion, brain tumor, stroke), traumatic brain injuries, neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease), and comorbid psychiatric conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression, PTSD). She also conducts immigration and political asylum 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 served 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.
Kris Verroulx, PsyD
Dr. Verroulx is a postdoctoral fellow with San Francisco Neuropsychology. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from John F. Kennedy University, after completing her predoctoral internship with Neuropsychological Associates of California. Her training emphasis has been in neuropsychology, with specialized focus in forensic concerns and pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders, including the autism spectrum, ADHD, and learning difficulties. Dr. Verroulx has also worked with patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, neurodegenerative disease, and a variety of psychiatric presentations (e.g., depression, anxiety, mania, schizophrenia, and personality factors).
As a clinician, her primary aim is continuity of patient care after neuropsychological assessment. As such, she seeks to involve family members and other helpers to co-create and implement recommendations to optimize the patient’s functioning. During her predoctoral experience, she developed and facilitated additional weekly trainings to support neuropsychological assessment skills in the clinical team. Research interests include validity in assessment and the importance of lifestyle factors in cognitive functioning.
Dr. Verroulx is a member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society, the Asian Neuropsychological Association, and the Societies for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40) and for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (Division 44) of the American Psychological Association. Additionally, Dr. Verroulx is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a private practice in Petaluma, CA. She has supervised masters-level trainees and interns working toward their licenses (MFT, LPC, MSW), and conducted clinical skills and theory trainings at multiple community agencies.