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Joaquin Burciaga, PhD


Joaquin Burciaga

Joaquin Burciaga, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychology at CHC, providing behavioral, cognitive/neuropsychological, psycho-educational, and social/emotional assessments for children, teens and young adults. Dr. Burciaga’s approach to assessment focuses on identifying clients’ strengths and weaknesses in order to accurately diagnose and plan personalized interventions for each client. As part of this process, he reviews the results with parents and clients so that they will have a better understanding of their abilities and mental health. Dr. Burciaga’s recommendations are tailored to help parents better support and advocate for their child, and schools better address the student’s educational needs.

Dr. Burciaga specializes in assessing and diagnosing ADHD, learning disorders, various emotional disorders, and other developmental disorders and neurological conditions. Prior to joining CHC, Dr. Burciaga worked in various healthcare settings and in a private practice, with children, adolescents, adults and older adults. His life span approach to neuropsychology allows him to project forward into a child’s life to identify areas of support early in a child’s/adolescent’s life in order to help families address them before they become fixed behaviors later in life.

Dr. Burciaga earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and German from the California State University, Northridge, graduating Cum Laude. He maintains conversational proficiency in German. He went on to complete a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the same institution. He earned his PhD in Psychology, with an emphasis Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Cincinnati.


  • PhD, Psychology with emphasis in Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Cincinnati
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, California State University, Northridge
  • BA, Psychology and German, California State University, Northridge


  • California Board of Psychology (Psychologist #PSY 27016)

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Division 40 of the American Psychological Association – The Society for Clinical Neuropsychology
  • The International Neuropsychological Society


  • Spanish

Recent Presentations

  • Kornblith, E., Abrams, G., Burciaga, J., Posecion, L., Novakovic-Agopian, T. (2018, August). Gender differences in PTSD and depressive symptoms after executive function training among TBI-exposed Veterans. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Posecion, L., Kornblith, E., Abrams, G., Burciaga, J., Novakovic-Agopian, T. Baseline neurocognitive status and long term effects of executive function training among veterans with TBI. Abstract accepted to the 4th Federal Interagency Conference on TBI, 2018.
  • Novakovic-Agopian, T., Abrams, G., Kornblith, E., Burciaga, J., Posecion, L. Attention self-regulation training applied to participant defined goals for veterans with PTSD and mild TBI. Abstract accepted to the 4th Federal Interagency Conference on TBI, 2018.
  • Park, J. Y., Abrams, G., Novakovic-Agopian, T., Chao, D., Kornblith, E., Posecion, L., Burciaga, J., Kurlander, D., Devaughn, S., & Mukherjee, P. Multi-level assessment and rehabilitation of veterans with mild traumatic brain injury: study protocol. Posterpresented at VA Palo Alto Health Care System TBI Research Forum, March 23, 2018.
  • Novakovic-Agopian, T., Abrams, G., Kornblith, E., Burciaga, J., McQuaid, J., Chen, A., Posecion, L., Neylan, T., Chao, D., DeVaughn S., Madore, M., Kurlander, D. (2018). Training in attention regulation applied to participant defined goals for veterans with PTSD and mTBI. Poster presented at the 2018 meetings of the International Neuropsychological Society. Washington, D.C., February 2018.


  • Kornblith, E.S., Novakovic-Agopian, T., Abrams, G., Chen, A., Burciaga Rosales, J., & D’Esposito, M. (in press). Impact of baseline neurocognitive functioning on outcomes following rehabilitation of executive function training for veterans with history of traumatic brain injury. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult.
  • Novakovic-Agopian, T., Kornblith, E., Abrams, G., Burciaga Rosales, J., Loya, F., D’Esposito, M., Chen, A., (2018). Training in goal-oriented attentional self-regulation improves executive functioning in veterans with chronic TBI. Journal of Neurotrauma. doi: 10.1089/neu.2017.5529.
  • Bitter, S.M., Adler, C.M., Eliassen, J.C., Weber, W.A., Welge, J.A., Burciaga, J., Shear, P. Strakowski, S.M., DelBello, M.P. (2014). Neurofunctional changes associated with a cue reactivity task in adolescent cannabis users with and without bipolar disorder. Addiction, 109(11), 1901-1909.
  • Novakovic-Agopian, T., Abrams, G., Burciaga, J., Kornblith, E., Carlin, G., Madore, M., McQuaid, J., Neylan, T., Loya, F., Lau, K., Marton, K., Mayer, C., Joseph, J., Bol, J., Chen, A., Rodriguez, N. (2016). Poster presented at the 2016 meetings of the International Neuropsychological Society. Boston, MA. Abstract in: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 22 (S1).
  • Devaughn, S., Chen, W., Burciaga, J., & Peery, S. (2016). A-14a Case of Semantic Variant of Primary Progressive Aphasia (svppa) in a Balanced Bilingual. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 31(6), 588.