2020-2021 Mentoring Program

Step 1 of 4 - Introduction

The main goal of the HNS Mentoring Program is to facilitate the development of emerging neuropsychologists, as well as established clinicians and researchers who work with Hispanic/Latinx, Spanish-speaking individuals and other diverse populations. This is achieved through mentorship, educational resources, and shared knowledge. Close mentorship will ensure that the specific interests and needs of students and professionals are given a voice within the field of clinical neuropsychology. We will provide information about various educational and training opportunities. Our mission is to expand your knowledge of cross-cultural neuropsychology through mentorship.

We anticipate conducting several follow-up contacts via email and in survey format during the 12-month period to ensure that the mentoring process is working well and that the mentor/mentee relationship strengthens over time. We will also conduct a formal evaluation near the conclusion of the 12-month period in an effort to improve the program. If at any time you have concerns, questions, or feedback about the program, or if you feel you need to terminate your involvement in the program or change mentor/mentee, please contact the HNS Mentoring Program Coordinator ( All communications will be held in strictest confidence unless it is necessary to bring some of the information to the attention of the other party in an effort to resolve outstanding issues or assist in termination.

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Dr. Silva’s parents immigrated from Panama and Chile to the United States, and she was born and raised in melting pot that is New York City. She grew up speaking Spanish at home and feels fortunate to have grown up in an environment where cultural diversity was the norm, not the exception.

During her training to become a neuropsychologist, Dr. Silva was often asked to work with Spanish-speaking patients, though most training sites did not have supervisors who also spoke Spanish or had sufficient cultural knowledge relevant to Latinx populations. She joined HNS as a student and found mentorship and training resources that helped her gain competency in providing neuropsychological services to these patients. Dr. Silva has served on the HNS Board as Member-at-Large (2014-2016) and Secretary (2019-2022). She has also been involved with several committees over the years and is currently serving as the Chair of the Information Technology (IT) Committee. She views HNS as the main organization to promote development of professional resources and scientific advancements in neuropsychology that are specific to Latinx groups; she is honored to help the organization in any way she can. 

Dr. Silva is the owner of Pacific Neurobehavioral Clinic, PC, a group practice in San Diego, California that offers neuropsychological evaluation and psychotherapy services to adults with various neuropsychiatric conditions. She engages in clinical and civil forensic work and oversees the clinic operations.

Educational, training and professional experiences include:

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – Florida Institute of Technology
  • Post-doctoral fellowships – Fullerton Neuropsychological Services, St. Jude Medical Center (one year; neurorehabilitation) and University of California San Diego (one year; clinical neuropsychology)
  • Staff neuropsychologist at Sharp Memorial and Grossmont hospitals from 2009-2012
  • Board certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) for the state of California
  • Treasurer and Current Chair of California Psychological Association-Division 8 (Neuropsychology)

In her spare time, Dr. Silva enjoys playing and making music (piano and electronic instruments; she recently took up learning how to play the theremin), playing tennis, karaoke, and spending time with family and friends.