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Joaquin Burciaga, PhD


Joaquin Burciaga

Dr. Burciaga is a Staff Neuropsychologist with several years of experience in the evaluation of children, adolescents and young adults with a variety of medical, developmental, learning and psychiatric disorders. He completed a predoctoral clinical internship at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Following licensure, Dr. Burciaga worked at a group neuropsychology practice, where he conducted neuropsychological evaluations with children and adolescents and worked with their families to better understand their children and find ways to maximize their potential. Dr. Burciaga is fluent in Spanish and maintains a conversational level of proficiency in German.

Dr. Burciaga earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and German from the California State University, Northridge, graduating Cum Laude. 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.