Isabel Gonzalez earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology and Child Psychology from Carlos Albizu University in Miami, Florida. She completed internship at Children’s Hospital Colorado, working in the department of pediatric neurorehabilitation. She is currently completing a two-year Pediatric Neuropsychology Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado School of Medicine, with an emphasis on Spanish/English bilingual evaluations. Additional clinical training has included time spent at internationally recognized hospitals in the United States, such as Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital and the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. Additionally, she has extensive experience in children’s psychological services and is licensed in the state of Florida as a mental health counselor and a marriage and family therapist.
Isabel’s passion to work with diverse and often less-fortunate populations started early on in her career. In 2013, she founded Fundacion Catisa, a non-profit organization with the mission to improve the lives of children in South America by providing emotional,
psychological, financial, and educational support. Currently, Fundacion Catisa benefits more than 200 children.
During her academic and clinical training in Miami, Florida, she discovered a particular interest in the neuropsychological performance of minorities. This interest was further cultivated when she moved to Denver, Colorado for her internship. It was during her time in Colorado that she not only gained additional experience with disadvantaged minority populations but learned of the many barriers encountered within the healthcare and educational system for these families. Fortunately, this experience served to intensify her commitment to continue advocating for minorities and underrepresented populations. As a result, she made it a goal to receive extensive training in the neuropsychological evaluation of bilingual/multicultural children and families. These experiences, also made her aware of the necessity for the field of neuropsychology to find appropriate therapeutic approaches, testing instruments and normative data to better serve underrepresented minorities. During this process, she has been fortunate to find mentors and supervisors who are equally committed and who have instilled in her the importance of mentorship. For this reason, Isabel has additional interests in becoming a teacher and supervisor to upcoming neuropsychologists of minority and disadvantaged backgrounds. She is an invited faculty member of the Master’s Program in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the Universidad a Distancia de Madrid. Isabel has contributed to the field not only in her clinical care, but also by increasing the available literature in cultural neuropsychology. To date, she has co-authored a book chapter on the history of neuropsychology in Latin America and collaborated on multiple manuscripts specifically related to bilinguals in the United States and the Latin American population. Isabel was invited as a keynote speaker at the III Congreso Iberoamericano de Neuropsicologia and II Congreso de la Sociedad Colombiana de Neuropsicologia. Isabel is currently working on a research project examining the impact of bilingualism on neuropsychological functioning in children with a diagnosis of epilepsy.
Isabel holds memberships and professional affiliations with the American Psychological Association (Division 40), National Academy of Neuropsychology, International Neuropsychological Society, and the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society, and she is currently a member of the HNS Social Advocacy Task Force. She also regularly attends national and international conferences in the field of neuropsychology. Attending these events not only has served as a great networking opportunity but as the place to meet amazing and committed cultural mentors that continue to be involved in her life. To become the HNS student representative elect is not a responsibility that Isabel would take lightly. If elected, she will work arduously to advocate for the neuropsychological Hispanic community. Issues of discrimination and immigration are just a few areas of interest that she would like to pursue. She strives to become a passionate and dedicated teacher and mentor to others, especially those of the Hispanic community and other underserved populations. This is particularly important to her as a Hispanic woman and one who has experienced discrimination herself.