Dr. Rachel E. Davis earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas where she received generalist training in providing psychological services to adults and children with a variety of mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders. She completed her internship through the Nevada Psychological Association Training Consortium while at Touro Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities where she focused on pediatric neuropsychology. She went on to complete her postdoctoral training at UNLV’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders where she continued to focus on pediatric neuropsychology and Autism under the supervision of Dr. Julie Beasley. She has had the opportunity to work extensively with children who have ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Autism, Behavior Disorders, Birth Defects, Depression, Developmental Delays, Genetic Disorders, Learning Disorders, Severe Emotional Disturbances, and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
According to the American Academy Of Pediatric Neuropsychology:
“A Pediatric Neuropsychologist is a doctoral-level, licensed health service provider of neuropsychological diagnostic and intervention services who applies principles of assessment and intervention based upon the scientific study of developmental theory and behavior as it relates to normal and abnormal functioning of the developing central nervous system. Pediatric Neuropsychologists demonstrate competence in the application of these principles to settings where children live, work, learn and play.”
Put simply, a pediatric neuropsychologist has extensive training and knowledge about child development; specifically, how the brain grows and functions. Pediatric neuropyschologists learn how this process of development affects a child’s behaviors, how to determine when something in this process of development/behavior is not working correctly, and when the process is not working for a child how to help that child to function as well as possible.
In addition to her general training in clinical psychology, Dr. Davis has spent numerous years intensely studying child development and neuropsychology; learning how to conduct a variety of neuropsychological assessments for toddlers, children, and adolescents; and learning the complexities of diagnosing neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD, Autism, and Learning Disorders.
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