Antonio E. Puente

Program TypePostdoctoral Fellowship
Location (City/State)Wilmington
Point of Contact: NameAntonio E Puente
Point of Contact: EmailEmail hidden; Javascript is required.
Point of Contact: Phone number9102339855
Is the fellowship APA-accreditedNo
Is this an APPCN site?No
Are there opportunities to work with Spanish-speaking populations?Yes
Which of the following H/L groups can be seen at this site?
  • Caribbean Hs/Ls
  • Mexicans
  • South American Hs/Ls
  • Central American Hs/Ls
  • Hs/Ls with multi-racial ancestry
What percentage of the client/patient population is Spanish-speaking?11-25%
Is supervision by a Spanish-speaking supervisor available?Yes
  • Community Mental Health Center/Facility
  • Private Practice
Population served
  • Pediatric
  • Adults
  • Older Adults
Diversity of clients/patients
  • Hispanic/Latinx
  • Black/African American
  • European Origin/White
  • Refugees
  • LGBTQ+
Are there opportunities to work with interpreters?No
Types of referrals
  • Neurodegenerative/Memory Disorders
  • Movement Disorders (DBS evaluation)
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cancer and Blood Disorders
  • Developmental Disorders (Intellectual Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disorder, etc.)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Capacity 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
Treatment/theoretical approaches
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Didactic opportunities available
  • Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology
  • Neurology
  • Professional Development
  • Specific Neuropsychological Disorders
  • Board Certification
Approximately how many INTERVENTION hours in Spanish does a fellow acquire per week?10
Approximately how many ASSESSMENT hours in Spanish does a fellow acquire per week?10
Approximately how many SUPERVISION hours in Spanish does a fellow acquire per week?5
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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.