Beatriz MacDonald Wer, PhD

6701 Fannin Street, Suite 1630
Houston, TX 77030
United States
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Dr. Beatriz (Tish) MacDonald Wer is a licensed bilingual pediatric neuropsychologist at Texas Children's Hospital. She is fluent in Spanish and English. Dr. MacDonald Wer was awarded a doctoral degree in 2014 by the University of Denver, with specialties in neuropsychology, cross-cultural awareness, and statistics. Dr. MacDonald Wer completed her internship training and postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center.

Dr. MacDonald Wer joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine, Psychology Division as an Assistant Professor in October 2019, transitioning from her previous position at the University of New Mexico Hospitals. She is the Founding Director of Multicultural Excellence in Neuropsychology Training and Evaluation (MENTE) Program at UNM Hospital. At Texas Children's Hospital, she is the Co-Chair of the Linguistic and Cultural Diversity and Equity Pillar of the Inclusive Excellence (IE) Executive Steering Team, with a mission dedicated to providing clinical training, research, community outreach, and service delivery to culturally and linguistically diverse individuals. She is an invited faculty member of the Master’s Program in Neuropsychology at the Universidad Del Valle de Guatemala and recognized as Distinguished Faculty. Dr. MacDonald Wer is the 2018 recipient of the Tony Wong Diversity Award for Outstanding Work Related to Diversity as an Early Career Professional from the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Her research focuses on how to better understand the impact that different factors (e.g., socioeconomic status, language, and culture) have on neurodevelopment and how it informs culturally-responsive neuropsychological practices. She serves on several national and regional boards and initiatives focused on increasing healthcare equity, fostering mentorship, and strengthening the student pathways.

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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.