Dr. Michelle Conover

President and Founder

Dr. Michelle Conover is a licensed psychologist and Q.M.E., trained at Pacifica, Fielding and UCLA. She specializes in clinical and forensic neuropsychology with particular training and experience with traumatic head injury and neurodegenerative diseases. She has worked with children, adults and geriatric populations as well as specific populations such as professional athletes and criminal offenders. Dr. Conover has treated individuals with TBI, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, learning difficulties, stroke, addiction and other complicating diseases such as Alzheimer’s. She is the clinical director and owner of Southern California Neuropsychology Group (www.socalnpg.com) in Woodland Hills, CA where she provides neuropsychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, psychotherapy and performance enhancement training for athletes. In addition, Dr. Conover is the creator of Dream Big Career Assessments (www.thedbcc.org) where her innovative and scientific approach of linking interests, brain functioning and personality patterns has optimized career success.

Dr. Conover has had the opportunity to provide post-traumatic concussion, brain injury and cognitive rehabilitation care for pro athletes from the Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Bucaneers, San Diego, Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, KC Chiefs, Omaha Nighthawks, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Baltimore Ravens, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Brown, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, & Denver Broncos.

Dr. Conover is the co-host of The Integrated Annex’s podcast The Brain Mechanics alongside Bryce Brown, where she brings her clinical expertise in real world conversations about society. Drawing upon that skill set, she partnered with Bryce to establish conover+brown, an organizational development consulting firm that advises executives about managing human assets.


Bryce Brown

Chief Financial Officer

After graduating from Loyola Marymount in 2011 with a Bachelors in Natural Science, Bryce co-founded niche consulting firm, VB ICON, and worked mostly in education with the Long Beach Unified School District's Male Academy Leadership Program as well as consulting on management strategy with several small businesses in the Los Angeles area. Committed to gaining a robust understanding of decision-making, he began interning at Southern California Neuropsychology Group in Summer 2014 and assumed the role of Director of Operations & Development later that year.

As CBO, Bryce oversees Financial and Business Development operations, as well as IT and Tax & Compliance.

Bryce is an alumnus of the Southern California Leadership Network’s Leadership Southern California 2016 cohort and co-hosts Conover+Brown’s podcast The Brain Mechanics alongside Dr. Conover, where he brings his experience in management, strategy, and human systems. He serves as Managing Partner of Conover+Brown, a private company that studies how people think and behave and advises clients on a wide range of human systems issues and authored a book on leadership, You Are Leading Humans: Lessons in Contemporary Leadership.


Marlin Sanchez

Director of Operations

Marlin Sanchez joins the Southern California Neuropsychology Group after spending years as a clerk and administrative assistant in the grocery and agriculture industries. She brings work ethic, organization, and experience in quality control to her role at SoCal.

Marlin assumes dual positions as Office Manager & Quality Assurance Coordinator, managing day-to-day operations as well as ensuring that all activities are compliant with HIPAA, Board of Psychology, and in-house regulations and protocols. 


Morrice Apprey, M.A.

Psychological Assistant/Doctoral Student

Morrice B. Apprey is a Psychological Assistant and Applied Psychological consultant. He has obtained education and professional experience from a diverse range of institutions supporting his ability to be congruent with patients and organizations that he supports. As a scholar andformer athlete, his undergraduate study of the mind and body at the University of Nebraska and Liberty University have enabled him to assess behavior and motivation for individuals. Upon receiving his MA from Liberty in counseling, he served as a district administrator and nonviolent practitioner for one of the largest school systems in the country, co-facilitating behavioral analysis and support for more than 117k students and staff. This dynamic teamwork lead to the receipt of national recognition from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others for decreasing violence and improving school climates. While working to receive his MA in Psychology from Saybrook University, Morrice began to voluntarily serve as a training instructor, teaching disaster psychology and terrorism for the city of Memphis’ Emergency Management Agency/ Homeland Security office.

With a passion to continuously serve others, Morrice has continued his pursuit to understand people with doctoral training in clinical psychology from Saybrook University. As a registered Psychological Assistant (CA, PSB94022417), he currently supports the neuropsychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation, therapeutic support and performance enhancement of people ranging from schools and corporate America to professional athletes. Many of those tested and supported individuals have endured TBI, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, learning difficulties, stroke, addiction and other complicating illnesses. Morrice has a passion for developing people by helping to increase their intrinsic motivation to regenerate from the inside out. In his spare time, he works to develop products that reinforce this process.


Jennifer Chan, MA

Doctoral Student

 


Daniel Hay, M.A.

Psychological Assistant

Daniel Hay is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at Ryokan College, Los Angeles. He received his MA in clinical psychology from Ryokan College and his BA in psychology at California State University, Northridge. He is a board registered psych assistant (PSB94022097) currently piloting clinical intake sessions and producing copious reports that regard priests, surgeons, sex offenders, student with learning disabilities, substance abusers, autism spectrum disorders, social phobias, trauma, gender identification issues, and borderline disorders. He has tackled referral questions for a diverse population and age range that covered a wide range of high gravity issues rooted in psychiatric, acculturation stress, head injury, suspected child molestation, forensic, fit for duty, neurological, and ethical concerns. He has had training and provided extensive treatment rooted in dialectical and cognitive behavioral therapy interventions. His clinical experiences include a year of hands on field treatment to violent adults. He has provided extensive treatments to a diverse middle school population were he created socialization psycho­educational courses. He has lead adolescent and adult female therapy groups that focused on family dynamics; self harm prevention, affect regulation, and trauma coping utilities. His areas of study include neuropsychological testing and treatment planning for anxiety, somatic symptomology, trauma, OCD, borderline disorders, and autism spectrum. He is currently attending classes for his neuropsychology certificate from UC Berkeley Extension and researching the WAIS­IV Block Design subtest as an embedded effort measurement utility.  


Bryant Steury, M.A.

Doctoral Student

 


Maribel Leon, M.A.

Doctoral Student

 


Naeri Hakopian

Grad Student, Psychology

 

Naeri Hakopian is currently a Master of Arts psychology student at Pepperdine University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from California State University, Northridge. During her time as Bachelors student, she was an intern with the Look Ahead program at USC/Keck School of Medicine. She has also been a volunteer listener with the CSUN Helpline since August 2013, where she has been trained in various crisis interventions. Naeri is currently the program coordinator for the Peacock Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides animal assisted group therapy to at-risk youth. Additionally, she is a research intern with the Sheriffs Youth Foundation, an after school program for youth in the Los Angeles area. She helps with gathering data and administering surveys and focus groups to the participating students. Her main interests are forensic neuropsychology, animal assisted interventions, and personality disorders.


Parisa Soroush

Office Assistant

 


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Angela Guy

Office Assistant


Richard Sorrentino

Research Associate, In Vivo Clinic
Project Neuro

Richard provides program design and development as founding Director for our Military Invivo Clinic. Richard has provided treatment for individuals with chronic mental illness, substance abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as other diagnoses. His approach as a clinician and art psychotherapist has served treatment failure juveniles and incarcerated adults affected by trauma in combined private practice, residential and hospital settings for over fifteen years.

Richard remembers his first “aha” with virtual worlds: ” I read about Virtual Reality as an adjunctive therapy and visualized a temenos relationship in therapy built on common digital ground. What excited me was the link from the world of the unconscious to virtual metaphor. Here was real world access to unconscious material. I was hooked. The concrete, computer-as-television barrier was lifted creating a virtual portal to the imaginal. Augmented reality, gaming platforms and nascent virtual tools offer a cognitive shift from real world experience to a shared virtual world of exploration.” Richard is responsible for the California component of a national, three year focused clinical trial utilizing the adjunctive therapy, Virtual Iraq. Richard, and like-minded co-researchers, Michelle Conover and Albert “Skip” Rizzo continue Project Neuro as a collaborative clinical vision.

Richard combines personal art making with a deep understanding of expressive technology. Clients internal worlds connect in therapy, using images and image making to augment outcome based cognitive behavioral therapy. Traditional verbal therapy can fail to access deeply held material in the short term. Shared image space provides another way of exploring and bringing issues to light. In an era of increasing specialization, his skill as an Art Psychotherapist complements this specific clinical approach to psychotherapy.