Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Program TypePostdoctoral Fellowship
Location (City/State)Houston, TX
Point of Contact: NameDr. Nicholas Pastorek
Point of Contact: EmailEmail hidden; Javascript is required.
Point of Contact: Phone number7135785261
Is the fellowship APA-accreditedYes
Is this an APPCN site?Yes
Are there opportunities to work with Spanish-speaking populations?Yes
Which of the following H/L groups can be seen at this site?
  • Mexicans
  • Hs/Ls with multi-racial ancestry
What percentage of the client/patient population is Spanish-speaking?2-10%
Is supervision by a Spanish-speaking supervisor available?No
  • Veterans Affairs Outpatient
  • Veterans Affairs Inpatient
Population served
  • Adults
  • Older Adults
Diversity of clients/patients
  • Hispanic/Latinx
  • Black/African American
  • Asian
  • Native American
  • European Origin/White
  • LGBTQ+
Types of referrals
  • Neurodegenerative/Memory Disorders
  • Epilepsy (general, pre/post-surgical)
  • Transplant Evaluation
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cancer and Blood Disorders
  • Psychiatric Disorders (Mood, Personality, etc.)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Capacity Evaluations
  • Other
Other:Wada evaluations
What type of neuropsychological training opportunities are available?
  • Assessment
  • Teleneuropsych Assessment
  • Report Writing
  • Feedback
  • Supervision of Students
  • Interdisciplinary Case Conference Presentations
  • Research
Opportunities for psychotherapy
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Group Therapy
Didactic opportunities available
  • Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology
  • Neurology
  • Neuroanatomy/Neuropathology
  • Professional Development
  • Specific Neuropsychological Disorders
  • Fact-Finding
  • Board Certification
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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.