Neuropsychologists

In addition to having proficiency and training as psychologists,  neuropsychologists have additional training in diagnosing and treating behaviors related to normal and abnormal functioning of the central nervous system.  They have specialized knowledge of functional neuroanatomy, principles of neuroscience, brain development, neurological disorders, neurodiagnostic techniques, normal and abnormal brain functioning, and neuropsychological and behavioral manifestations of neurological disorders.  Areas of expertise:  ADHD & Inattention, learning differences, autism spectrum disorders, epilepsy, brain trauma and chronic illnesses.

Caryn Kovar, PhD
Neuropsychologist

  • Caryn Kovar, PhD

    Dr. Kovar has over 16 years' experience providing neuropsychological evaluations of children from birth through adolescence with learning difficulties, ADHD, executive-functioning issues, emotional and behavioral difficulties and complex medical conditions. She also serves as supervisor of postdoctoral fellows and as a neuropsychological consultant to the Division of Pediatric Neurology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University.

    Dr. Kovar has also been a research collaborator on studies of the cognitive functioning of children with holoprosencephaly and related brain malformations.

    Education and Degrees

    • BA, University of California, Los Angeles (Psychology)
    • MS, University of Denver (Child Clinical Psychology)
    • PhD, University of Denver (Child Clinical Psychology)

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • California Board of Psychology (Psychologist)

    Professional Affiliations

    • National Academy of Neuropsychology

    Recent Presentations

    • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Back to School Panel, 2007
    • Santa Clara County Office of Education Special Education Directors, 2008

    Recent Publications

    • Roesler CP, Paterson SJ, Flax J, Hahn JS, Kovar C, Stashinko EE, Jing H, Benasich AA. (2006). Links between abnormal brain structure and cognition in holoprosencephaly. Journal of Pediatric Neurology, 35(6), 387-394.

Cynthia Medina, PhD
Neuropsychologist

  • Cynthia Medina, PhD

    Dr. Medina provides neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments for children and adolescents ages 5-18 who may be struggling with learning difficulties, ADHD, executive-functioning issues, or emotional challenges. She also has experience assessing gifted children. She completed her predoctoral internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in the Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Units, providing therapy and neurocognitive assessments to inpatient adolescents and adults. Her postdoctoral fellowship was completed with Kaiser Permanente Oakland, Department of Psychiatry. There she conducted neuropsychological evaluations for children ages 5-18 with medical, neurological and genetic disorders and also provided therapy services.

    Dr. Medina is the mother of twin girls, and in her free time she can often be found chasing after them.

    Education and Degrees

    • BA, University of California, Irvine
    • PhD, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • California Board of Psychology (Psychologist)

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Psychological Association
    • International Neuropsychological Society
    • National Academy of Neuropsychology

Jennifer L Rosenthal, PhD
Neuropsychologist

  • Dr. Rosenthal provides psychological and neuropsychological assessment and treatment services to children and adolescents. She has experience providing assessment and treatment to children and adolescents with neurologic trauma, ADHD, learning and school challenges, depression, anxiety, and autism spectrum disorders. 

    Education and Degrees

    • BS, University of California, Santa Barbara (Biopsychology)
    • PhD, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (Clinical Psychology, Specialization in Neuropsychological Assessment)

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • California Board of Psychology (Psychologist)

    Professional Affiliations

    • American Psychological Association 

Vivien Keil, PhD
Neuropsychologist

  • Vivien Keil, PhD

    Dr. Keil specializes in the developmental evaluation of young children and neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents. Dr. Keil also provides child and family therapy, predominantly utilizing a family systems and cognitive-behavioral framework. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Following licensure, Dr. Keil worked at The Neurobehavioral Clinic and Counseling Center in Orange County with a focus on conducting comprehensive neuropsychological assessments of children and adolescents with both psychological and medical diagnoses. In addition, Dr. Keil was the supervising psychologist in the Department of Outpatient Psychiatry at Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego where she focused on child and family therapy with diverse and under-served populations.

    Education and Degrees

    • BS, Brown University
    • PhD, University of California, San Diego

    Licenses - Board Certifications

    • California Board of Psychology

    Professional Affiliations

    • National Academy of Neuropsychology
    • American Psychological Association

    Recent Presentations

    • O'Connor, M.J., Keil, V., Laugeson, E., Mogil, C., & Castaneda, M. (2008, October). Training on an evidence-based social skills intervention for children with FASDs. Invited presentation at Ventura County Behavioral Health, Oxnard, California.
    • Keil, V., Paley, B., & O'Connor, M.J. (2008, June). Impact of a social skills intervention on the hostile attributions of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, Washington, DC.
    • O'Connor, M.J., Paley, B., Keil, V., & Bernier, R. (2008, June). Hostile attributions, conduct disorder, and the impact of a social skills intervention on social processing in children with prenatal alcohol exposure. Paper presented at the meeting of the Fetal Alcohol Study Group at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, Washington, DC.
    • O'Connor, M.J., Keil, V., Ly, J., & Castaneda, M. (2008, June). Project Best Buddies: Bridging the Gap between Research and Practice. Invited presentation at the Child and Family Guidance Center, Northridge, California.
    • Keil, V., Price, J.M., & Chamberlain, P. (2007, March). Latent class analysis of the Parent Daily Report. In V. Keil (Co-Chair, Organizer), Applications of latent class analysis to developmental psychopathology. Symposium presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, Massachusetts.

    Recent Publications

    • Keil, V., Paley, B., Frankel, F., & O'Connor, M.J. (2010). Impact of a social skills intervention on the hostile attributions of children with prenatal alcohol exposure. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 34, 1-11.
    • Keil, V., & Price, J.M. (2009). Social information-processing patterns of maltreated children in two social domains. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 30, 43-52.
    • Keil, V., & Price, J.M. (2006). Externalizing behavior disorders in child welfare settings: Definition, prevalence, and implications