About Dr. Silva

Dr. Silva is the founder of PNBC. She is a CA-licensed psychologist who is board-certified in neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP-CN). She primarily conducts neuropsychological evaluations that are used to provide treatment recommendations as well as education about cognitive and behavioral changes to patients and their loved ones. She has particular expertise with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), strokes (CVA), and neurodegenerative conditions/dementia.

In addition to clinical work, Dr. Silva performs civil forensic work as well as workers’ compensation evaluations and treatment. She can provide expert witness testimony as a neuropsychologist or psychologist. She has been certified as a qualified medical evaluator (QME) since 2013. Dr. Silva also performs independent medical evaluations (IME) for a variety of referral reasons, most typically answering questions regarding fitness for duty. Her conclusions are based on objective data and the empirical literature, and she has been retained as an expert witness by both plaintiff and defense attorneys for personal injury and other civil forensic cases.

She is also HIMS-certified and can provide neuropsychological and psychological evaluations for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). She is also a qualified BAP provider for the Baseline Assessment Program (BAP) of the National Football League (NFL).

She has held national, state, and local board positions within: California Psychological Association- Neuropsychology Division 8 (Neuropsychology), the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society, and San Diego Psychological Association.

Her past clinical experiences have included: Working in an inpatient neuro-rehabilitation units for Sharp Healthcare, and conducting pre-surgical evaluations for bariatric patients, transplant surgery patients (liver, kidney, heart, lung), epilepsy patients, and spinal cord stimulator candidates at the University of California- San Diego, where she received her post-doctoral training.

Aside from neuropsychological evaluations, Dr. Silva has extensive experience with treatment of mental disorders using a primarily cognitive-behavioral approach, as well as elements from dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness, and insight-oriented strategies. 

Dr. Silva is fluent in Spanish.  

“Excellent client care is my priority. Whenever the referral source deems it possible, I provide feedback to my clients to ensure that they have a clear understanding of their neuropsychological strengths and weaknesses, and provide recommendations for appropriate care. I maintain transparency regarding what to expect with evaluations and base my conclusions on objective data.”

Education and Experience

License and Certifications:

Diplomate, Clinical Neuropsychology
American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)

Qualified Medical Evaluator
State of California

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

CA License: PSY22738

Formal Training and Education:

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology
University of California, San Diego

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuro-Rehabilitation
Fullerton Neuropsychological Services/St. Jude Medical Center

Psychological Internship
Central California Psychology Internship Consortium/Synchrony of Visalia

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
Florida Institute of Technology

Master’s in Psychology (M.S)
Florida Institute of Technology

Bachelor’s in Psychology (B.S.)
University of Maryland

Professional Memberships:

American Psychological Association (APA)
California Psychological Association (CPA)
San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA)
Hispanic Neuropsychological Society (HNS)
National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN)
International Neuropsychological Society (INS)

Board Positions

Chair, CPA Division 8 (2022-2024)
Secretary, HNS (2019-2021)
Treasurer, CPA Division 8 (2018-2020)
Member-at-Large, HNS: 2014-2016
SDPA Neuropsychology Committee Co-Chair: 2015-2016
Secretary, CPA Division 8 (Neuropsychology): 2013-2015