K. Drorit Gaines, Ph.D.
Clinical Neuropsychologist

PSY26943
Neuro Health, LLC

8383 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #800                                                                                        4910 Van Nuys Blvd, Suite #302
Beverly Hills, CA 90211                                                                                                             Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
phone (323) 456 8686
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Research/Work Experience:

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Neuro Health, LLC
January 2015 - Current

  • Clinical neuropsychological evaluations – Traumatic Brain Injury, Aquired Brain Injury, Dementia, Autism, Learning Disabilities, Adult and Adolescent. Chronic Pain, and other
  • Psychodiagnostic and psychological evaluations for DSM disorders (e.g. MDD, OCD, Substance Abuse, GAD, PTSD, Adjustment, Somatic Disorders
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation for Dementia and Traumatic Brain Injury

 

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

  • Clinical neuropsychological evaluations, Dementia and Brain Injury
    July 2015 - Current

 

Current Academic/Research Affiliations:
June 2015 - Current

  • Principle Investigator, Veterans Affairs, without compensation
  • Clinical Instructor, UCLA Department of Pediatrics Clinical Faculty, volunteer

 

Current Leadership Positions:
January 2015 - Current

National Academy of Neuropsychology Foundation (NAN foundation)

  • A voting member on the board of trustees
  • Co-chair of the media committee (as of January 2014 and current)
  • Co-chair of the fundraising committee

Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA)
January 2015 - Current

  • A voting board member
  • Chair of the Public Education committee

 

Editorial Positions (Journals):
2015 - Current

  • Brain Imaging and Behavior
  • Applied Neuropsychology
  • Archives of Neuropsychology

Awards:

  • American Psychological Association Early Career Professional Award (2015)
  • Best Abstract, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, and Selected to present at the 2015 Sino-American
  • Conference, Shanghai, China (2015)
  • Sponsorship of young leadership in Neuropsychology, National Academy of Neuropsychology Women in Leadership (2014)
  • Exceptional Contribution Award, Veterans Affairs of greater Los Angeles (2013)
  • Best Dissertation Abstract, Fielding Graduate University (2012)
  • UCLA scholarship for academic excellence (Bachelor’s Degree, 2002)

 

Principle Investigator/Health Science Specialist
July 2012 – June 2015

Institution: Veterans Health Affairs of Greater Los Angeles

Grant-related studies involving neuropsychological testing and PET with veterans returning from the recent OEF/OIF wars

Doctoral Clinician Trainee/Program Developer
July 2012 – July 2014

Institution: UCLA Longevity Center, under Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior (David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA)

 

Adjunct Faculty

Institution: Pepperdine University
May 2014 - Current

Institution: UCLA Psychiatry
August 2012 - March 2013
Researcher

Universal Broadcasting Network

Public Education in Neuropsychology: Research, design & live, on-air broadcasting of weekly radio shows focusing on neuropsychology, the brain, mental health, spirituality, and wellbeing

 

Previous Leadership Positions:

Institution: Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA)
March 2013 - March 2014

Founder and leader of Women Finding Balance Special Interest Group

 

Presenter/Public Speaker
March 2009-Current

Selected Presentations:

  • Gaines, K. (2016). Assessment Considerations in Malingering with Psychiatric Patients. Psychiatry Department. Shalvata Hospital, Israel. December 14th, 2016.
  • California Correctional Institution, Neuropsychological Assessment Referral Process (NARP), February 17th, 2016
  • The 8th Annual Cross Cultural Conference, Considerations in Neuropsychological Assessment of Multicultural and Bilingual Persons, January 23rd, 2016
  • The 3rd Sino-America Nuclear Medicine Meeting, Abnormal FDG-PET Findings and Sub-Optimal Effort in Veterans with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, May 3rd, 2015
  • Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Mid-Year Meeting, Abnormal FDG-PET Findings and Sub-Optimal Effort in Veterans with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, San Antonio, Texas, January 22nd, 2015
  • International Neuropsychology Society conference, Executive Functioning of Combat Veterans Diagnosed with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Jerusalem, Israel, July 9th, 2014
  • International Neuropsychology Society conference, Comparison of Effort Measures, Cognitive Complaints, and Self-reported Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Blast-Induced Mild TBI. Jerusalem, Israel, July 10th, 2014
  • David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA Informal Brown Bag Lunch (NIBBL) Trainee Talks, Mild TBI and PTSD of OIF/OEF Veterans, 2013
  • UCLA Medical School Residency Program, TBI and Neuropsychological Testing
  • Forensic Mental Health Association of California (FMHAC): Executive Functioning Neuropsychological Testing of Veterans Diagnosed with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (1.5 hour), March 14th, 2013
  • Pasadena Conference on Aging: Aging and Memory, April 5th, 2013
  • 2013 2nd Annual Parkinson’s Disease Symposium: Dementia and Memory in Parkinson’s Disease, May 4th, 2013
  • University of London, Implications of Research on the Neuroscience of Affect, Attachment, and Social Cognition: Executive Functioning Neuropsychological Testing of Veterans Diagnosed with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, May 18th – 19th, 2013
  • Get Healthy Pasadena, 2013: Tai Chi, Mindfulness, Creativity, and Mental Health, June 8th, 2013
  • 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Neurology and Therapeutics: Executive Functioning Neuropsychological Testing of Veterans Diagnosed with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, June 17th – 19th, 2013
  • National Association for Rural Mental Health Conference, 2013: Executive Functioning Neuropsychological Testing of Veterans Diagnosed with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, July 31st-August 3rd, 2013
  • Veterans Affairs, Long Beach Radiology Department: Neuropsychological Testing and Traumatic Brain Injury, September 25th, 2013
  • Veterans Affairs of Greater Los Angeles Radiology Residency Program: Neuropsychological Testing and Traumatic Brain Injury + Suicide Prevention with the Combat Veteran, October 28th, 2013
  • Presentation: Mild TBI and Neuropsychological Deficits for UCLA Medical Center, Monthly meeting of Nuclear Medicine residents, June 15th 2012

Certifications:

  • Certified in administering and scoring the SCID – Structured Clinical Interview for DSM Disorders           UCLA, 2013

 

Publications
March 2010 – present

Senior Author:

  • Gaines, K. D., Soper, H., & Berenji, G. (2014). Executive Functioning of Combat Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Applied Neuropsychology Adult, 1-10.
  • Gaines, K. D., Okonek, A., Sayre, J., Alas, R., & Berenji, G. (2014). Abnormal FDG-PET Findings and Sub-Optimal Effort in Veterans with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Mid-Year Meeting.
  • Gaines, K. D., Soper, H., & Berenji, G. R. (2014). Executive functioning of combat veterans diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury. International Neuropsychology Society conference. Jerusalem, Israel, July 9th, 2014.
  • Gaines, K. D., Berenji, G. R., Alas, R. S., Sayre, J., & Okonek, A. (2014). Comparison of effort measures, cognitive complaints, and self-reported neuropsychiatric symptoms in blast-induced mild TBI. International Neuropsychology Society conference. Jerusalem, Israel, July 10th, 2014.
  • Gaines, K. D., Isaacs, C., Horton, F. M., Doig, H. M., & Soper, H. V. (2010). Christensen and Rey Tangled-8 Tests for Executive Assessment. Applied Neuropsychology, 17, 211.
  • Gaines, K. D., Bennett, T. L., Doig, H. M., Loo, M. M., & Soper, H. V. (2011). Effects of Aging on Memory. Applied Neuropsychology, 18.
  • Poster: Executive Functioning Neuropsychological Deficits of Veterans Diagnosed with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, July 16th 2012, Fielding Graduate University National Session

Author:

  • Langevin, J.P, Gaines, D, Choi E, Krahl S.E., & Berenji G. (2015). Trigeminal nerve stimulation for the treatment of mild traumatic brain injury. NANS Annual Meeting, December 10-13, 2015, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Ni, C., Gaines, K. D, & Berenji, G. R. (2014). Regional cerebral metabolism in veterans without traumatic brain injury (TBI). Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Mid-Year Meeting.
  • Jafari, L. Gaines, K. D., Alas, R., Diaz-Aguilar, D., Silverman, D., & Berenji, G. R. (2014). Regional cerebral metabolism changes in blast-induced traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorders.
  • Berenji, G. R., Gaines, K. D., et al. (2014). Perception of sensory/perceptual deficits and cerebellar hypometabolism in recently deployed veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Conference, MTA II: Neurology Posters
  • Berenji, G R., Diaz-Aguilar, D, Gaines, K. D., et al. (2014). Lateralization of temporal metabolism observed in combat veterans in absent after traumatic brain injuries following blast exposures. Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Conference, MTA II: Neurology Posters
  • Loo, M. M., Doig, H. M., Gaines, K. D., Bennett, T. L., & Soper, H. V. (2011). Effects of Aging on Intellect. Applied Neuropsychology, 18.
  • Loo, M. M., Doig, H. M., Gaines, K. D., Bennett, T. L., & Soper, H. V. (2011). Effects of Aging on Neuropsychology. Applied Neuropsychology, 18.
  • Bennett, T. L., Loo, M. M., Doig, H. M., Gaines, K. D., & Soper, H. V.  (2011). Effects of Age on the Cognitive Functioning of Children. Applied Neuropsychology, 18.

 

Previous Research Lab Work
January 2010 – January 2011

Institution: Vcare Research, Henry Soper, Ph.D.

Clinical Experience:

Juvenile Justice, Alcohol and Mental Health, Santa Barbara, CA
July 2011 – June 2012
Intern

Juvenile Justice, Alcohol and Mental Health, Santa Barbara, CA
July 2011 – June 2012
Intern

Community Assessment Service Center, Van Nuys, CA
March 2009 – March 2010
Trainee

 

Education:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology
Sept 2007 –July 2012

Institution: Fielding Graduate University

Dissertation project approved and funded by the Veterans Affairs of Greater Los Angeles in neuropsychology executive functioning and mild Traumatic Brain Injury – Executive Functioning Neuropsychological Testing of Veterans Diagnosed with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

Masters Degree (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology
Sept 2007 – June 2010

Institution: Fielding Graduate University

Bachelor of Science – Business Economics, minor in Accounting
Sept 2002 – June 2004

Institution: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Scholarship award for academic excellence

Other Professional Experience:

Health Net, Inc., Woodland Hills, CA
Aug 2005 – Feb 2000
Sarbanes-Oxley Business Consultant

Deloitte & Touché, Los Angeles, CA
July 2004 – Aug 2005
Tax Associate

Professional Memberships
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
The National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN)
Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA)

Language: Fluent in Hebrew, understands basic Italian, understands basic Arabic
References: Furnished upon request

 Katy Drorit Gaines PhD Resume

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