Meet The Staff

Meet the Staff

The Neurobehavioral Clinic and Counseling Center staff is committed to helping our patients and their loved ones. We are a small clinic of specialists, owned and operated by clinicians. We sincerely believe that the quality of our work will always be our strongest asset.

David M. Lechuga, Ph.D.
Lisa Fasnacht-Hill, Ph.D.
Miguel E. Gallardo, PsyD
Debra M. Brancato, LCSW
Barbara Forney, Office Manager


David M. Lechuga, Ph.D.

Known and respected within the fields of Clinical Psychology, Rehabilitation Psychology, and Neuropsychology, Dr. David M. Lechuga, Director of The Neurobehavioral Clinical and Counseling Center, has devoted his career to the thorough evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with neurological illnesses or injuries.

Credentials

  • Ph.D., M.A., C.Phil., UCLA Psychology Dept.
  • Internship: UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
  • Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology
  • Diplomate in Neuropsychology, American Board of Professional Neuropsychology
  • Diplomate in Rehabilitation Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology
  • Fellow, Academy of Clinical Psychology
  • Fellow, Academy of Professional Neuropsychology
  • Fellow, National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • Qualified Medical Examiner, Department of Industrial Relations
  • Member, American Psychological Associations
  • Member, National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • Member, International Neuropsychological Society
  • Member, Hispanic Neuropsychological Society
  • Adjunct Faculty/Clinical Instructor, UCLA Semel Neuroscience Institute
  • Adjunct Faculty, Pepperdine Graduate School of Education and Psychology
  • Past-President, California Psychological Association
  • Past-President, Orange County Psychological Association

Education

University of California, Los Angeles (1980-1985)
Los Angeles, California
Major: Clinical Psychology
Minors: Physiological Psychology & Psychometrics/Measurement
Degrees: M.A., C.Phil., & Ph.D

California State University, Long Beach (1975-1980)
Long Beach, California
Major: Psychology – Research
Degree: B.A.

San Bernardino Valley College (1976-1977)
San Bernardino, California
Major: Psychology
Professional Society Affiliations

Board Certifications:

  • Diplomate in Clinical Psychology – American Board of Professional Psychology (7/94)
  • Diplomate in Rehabilitation Psychology – American Board of Professional Psychology (8/97)
  • Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology – American Board of Professional Neuropsychology (2/96)

Academy Association:

  • Fellow, American Academy of Clinical Psychology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Professional Neuropsychology
  • Fellow, National Academy of Neuropsychology

Organizations:

  • Member, American Psychology Association (Divisions 12, 22, & 40)
  • Member, National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • Member, International Neuropsychological Society
  • Member, Hispanic Neuropsychological Society
  • Member, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Member, California State Psychological Association
  • Member, Orange County Psychological Association
  • Member, Black Belt Council, Shotokan Karate of America

Licensure:

  • Psychologist, California: PSY10139
  • Psychologist, Hawaii: PSY606
  • Psychologist, Arizona: 3274

Military Service:

  • United States Air Force: Honorably Discharged (7/77)

Honors and Awards:

  • Karl F. Heiser, Presidential Award for Advocacy, American Psychological Association (Division 31) (2012)
  • Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession Award. California Psychological Association (2012)
  • Chapter of the Year – Awarded by California Psychological Association during David M. Lechuga, Ph.D.’s Orange County Psychological Association Presidential Term (2003)
  • Silver Psi Award – California Psychological Association (1998)
  • Nominee, Joseph A. Gingerelli Distinguished Dissertation Award – University of California, Los Angeles (1985)
  • Fellow, National Institute of Mental Health – University of California, Los Angeles (1983-1985)
  • Fellow, Graduate Advancement Fellowship – University of California, Los Angeles (1980-1983)

Current Administrative Experience:

  • Chair, Division of Neuropsychology, California Psychological Association (2009 – Present)
  • President, Board of Directors. Western Youth Association (2009 – Present)
  • Representative, American Council of Representatives (2007 – Present)

Invited Lectures and Workshops

    • Lechuga, D.M. “Ethical and legal issues pertaining to the practice and supervision of psychological and neuropsychological assessment.” Presented at the Wright Institute. Berkeley, CA (12/1/12).
    • Lechuga, D.M. “Understanding simple and complex recovery patterns from sports-related concussions.” Presented as Professional Psychology Seminar.  Glendale, CA (11/3/12).
    • Lechuga, D.M. “Current challenges in concussion management of amateur and professional athletes.” Presented at Argosy University (Orange County Psychological Association). Orange, CA (6/9/12).
    • Lechuga, D.M. “Use of neuropsychological principles to inform psychotherapy with patients that present with co-morbid neurological difficulties.” Presented at the California Psychological Association’s Annual Convention. Monterey, CA (4/17/12).
    • Lechuga, D.M. and Purisch, A. “Symposium on Neuropsychological Injuries and How to Evaluate the Diagnosis and Prognosis Rendered.” Presented at Farmer’s Insurance University. Agoura Hills, CA (4/2/12).
    • Lechuga, D.M. “The adolescent brain.” Presented to the Tesoro High School PTA. Mission Viejo, CA (2/9/12)
    • Lechuga, D.M. and Laronde, B. R. “Atypical cases: Interpretations strategies for return-to-play neuropsychological testing.” Presented at the Far West Athletic Trainers’ Association Convention. Las Vegas, NV (4/16/110.
    • Purisch, A. and Lechuga, D.M. “Distinguishing mild traumatic brain injuries from psychiatric disorders: Parts I and II.” Presented at the California Psychological Association’s Annual Convention. San Diego, CA (4/7/11).
    • Lechuga, D.M. “Professional Practice in Neuropsychology.” Presented to Postdoctoral Fellows in Neuropsychology, Neuropsychological Syndromes Seminar, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.  Los Angeles, CA. (1/6/11).
    • Lechuga, D.M. “Sports Neuropsychology.” Presented to the UCLA Neuropsychology Brown Bag Luncheon (NIBBL). UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Los Angeles, CA. (1/6/11)
    • Lechuga, D.M. “Adult Learning Disabilities and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.” Presented to Postdoctoral Fellows in Neuropsychology, Neuropsychological Syndromes Seminar, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior . Los Angeles, CA. (1/6/11).
    • Lechuga, D.M., Stucky, K., and Katz, D. “Ethics and Professional Issues in neuropsychological supervision: Professional practice issues.” Presented at the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Annual Convention. Vancouver, Canada. (10/16/10).
    • Lechuga, D.M. and Salinas, C. “Mentoring Those From Diverse Backgrounds Using a Life Span Model.” Presented at the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Annual Convention. Vancouver, Canada. (10/15/10).
    • Lechuga, D.M. and Steh, W. “Forensic Neurospsychology Grand Rounds.” Presented at the California Psychological Association’s Annual Convention. Costa Mesa, CA. (4/15/10).
    • Lechuga, D.M., Steh, W., and Katz, D. “Neuropsychological Supervision.” Presented at the California Psychological Association’s Annual Convention. Costa Mesa, CA. (4/17/10).
    • Lechuga, D.M. “Professional Practice and Sports Neuropsychology.” Presented at NIBBLE, UCLA Semel Institute of Human Behavior & Neuroscience. Los Angeles, CA (1/28/10).
    • Lechuga, D.M. “Adult Learning Disorders.” Presented at UCLA Semel Institute of Human Behavior & Neuroscience. Neuropsychiatric Syndromes Seminar. Los Angeles, CA (1/28/10).

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