Vivien Keil, PhD

Licensed Neuropsychologist

Dr. Keil is a Pediatric Neuropsychologist and Consultant at CHC in Palo Alto.  She specializes in the developmental evaluation of young children and neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents. Her goal as a clinician is to understand the whole child as she strives to balance the clinical perspective with a strengths-based approach. She is passionate about working collaboratively with parents to help them understand their child’s strengths and weaknesses so that they feel empowered to advocate for their child’s unique learning and mental health needs.

Dr. Keil has nearly 20 years of experience working with children and families. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) and her postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Following licensure, she worked at The Neurobehavioral Clinical and Counseling Center in Orange County with a focus on conducting comprehensive psychoeducational and neuropsychological evaluations on children and adolescents with both mental health and medical diagnoses. In addition, she was a supervising psychologist in the Department of Outpatient Psychiatry at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, where she focused on providing evaluations and psychotherapy to diverse and underserved populations.

Dr. Keil earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Cognitive Neuroscience from Brown University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of California, San Diego
  • BS, Cognitive Neuroscience, Brown University


  • California Board of Psychology

Professional Affiliations

  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • American Psychological Association


  • O’Connor, M.J., Laugeson, E.A., Mogil, C., Lowe, E., Welch-Torres, K., Keil, V., & Paley, B. (2012). Translation of an evidence-based social skills intervention for children with prenatal alcohol exposure in a community mental health setting. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. 36 (1): 141-152.
  • 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.


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