Founded in 2008, Southern California Neuropsychology Group is the brainchild of Dr. Michelle Conover.
She built SoCal on the belief that happiness can exist in everyone and that we are all deserving of the good that life has to offer. It takes hard work and perseverance but those who want the best will always have help.
By teaching you to understand how your brain works we give you the tools to predict and control the emotional and behavioral patterns in relationship to your symptoms and environment.
MEET OUR TEAM
Michelle Conover, Ph.D., Q.M.E.
President & Founder
Dr. Michelle Conover is a licensed psychologist and Q.M.E., trained at Pacifica (as a Jungian psychoanalyst), 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.
Dr. Conover 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.
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.
Tony Abuyo, M.A.
Neuropsychology Training Director
Tony Abuyo received his undergraduate training from the University of California, San Diego, and a Masters of Arts in Psychology from the Pepperdine GSEP. He has been at SoCalNPG since July 2013, completing a three year apprenticeship with Dr. Conover, eventually being promoted into a Training Director role.
Over the course of his academic career, Tony has accrued experience working in the vision sciences field, culminating in a poster presentation at the Vision Sciences Society (VSS) in Florida, along with assorted clinical experience with autistic children through applied behavioral analysis and suicide hotline volunteering. He is passionate about discovering the most optimal methods of neuropsychological data collection, ranging from statistical analyses of relevant process scores to a more comprehensive and empathetic approach to administering test batteries to patients.
Currently, he supervises and instructs practicum students and interns on neuropsychological test batteries, having established a formal training program to induct them into the unique assessment process that Dr. Conover has devised. He also researches and reviews up-to-date research of new assessment instruments to refine existing batteries and assessment techniques.
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.
Director of Clinical Training & Psychological Assistant
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 and former 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.
Richard Zumwalt, Ph.D.
Richard Zumwalt is a Post-Doctoral Psychological Assistant. As an undergraduate and graduate from Arizona State University and California State University, Long Beach, he has continuously worked in the mental health field since 1992. In that time, Richard has gained a rich background of experience working at College Hospital running therapy groups for the chronically mentally ill. In addition, being an adjunct faculty member for counseling, careers and special student services for multiple community colleges including Mt. San Antonio, Golden West, Orange Coast College and Santa Ana College. He has worked closely with many developmental stages of patients, students and athletes including children, adolescents, teens and the elderly. As a post-graduate scholar from Northcentral University, Richard has focused his studies and experience on neuropsychology. In addition to completing nearly 2000 post-doctoral internship hours with Southern California Neuropsychology Group, Richard has completed the University of California, Berkeley extension certification in Neuropsychological assessment.
Through individual therapy, neuropsychological assessment and cognitive rehabilitation, Richard treats individuals with TBI, PTSD, ADD/ADHD, learning difficulties, stroke, addiction and other complicating diseases such as Alzheimer’s. He is currently on track to complete the California State Board of Psychology, clinical psychology requirements by early 2019 and is registered as a Psychological Assistant PSB94023422. Of unique interest, is that Richard’s background also includes working 18 years in various assignments as a police officer, playing professional football for three years, winning a Rose Bowl championship ring and being invited to train for the Olympics. Based on his life experiences, Richard is excited about the field of neuropsychology and is interested in completing research, assessments, and individual therapy that supports psychological and cognitive rehabilitation.
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Andrew Manalang, B.S.
Andrew graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in Applied Developmental Psychology from UCLA in 2016. During his undergraduate career, he was an active member of the Samahang Pilipino organization, most notably becoming a Peer Counselor for its Education and Retention (SPEAR) program his senior year. He also devoted years working with children under UCLA’s Early Care and Education (ECE) and Infant Development Program (IDP). Prior to joining Southern California Neuropsychology Group, Andrew has further developed his expertise in working with children by providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services for children diagnosed with autism.
Cathy Truong, B.A.
Cathy received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. During her time as an undergraduate student, she was a peer educator for the Blues Project, a program where she spread awareness in depression and suicide prevention in the student community. Currently, she is applying to graduate programs to further her education within the field of psychology. Her areas of interest include neuropsychology, social psychology, and clinical psychology.
Lauren Wing, M.A., Ph.D.
Lauren graduated Tufts University with a double major in Biology and Psychology. Mentored by Dr.’s Karen Asin and David Wirtshafter at the University of Illinois Chicago, Lauren earned a doctorate in Neuroscience examining the neuroanatomical and neuropharmacological correlates of movement disorders. In tandem, Lauren worked as a research technician at the Illinois State Psychiatric institute in the University of Chicago Brain Electrical Area Mapping imaging lab of Dr.’s Patricia Tueting and John Metz. Her first post-doctoral position was at the University of California San Diego, Dept. of Psychiatry labs of Dr. Mark Geyer and David Braff, M.D., studying startle reflex in veterans diagnosed with PTSD and effectiveness of noradrenergic, dopaminergic, and serotonergic based pharmacotherapies.
Recruited by Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., Lauren was awarded an IRTA Fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health Neuropsychiatry Branch of Richard Jed Wyatt, M.D., working with Dr. Henrietta Kulaga’s Neuro-Immunology lab examining the effects of chronic neuroleptic pharmacotherapies on cell surface antigens in patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. She was a recipient of an American Psychiatric Association Young Investigators Award in Washington, D.C.. Lauren has presented data from her various studies at the International Congress on Schizophrenia, the American College of Neuropharmacology, and Society of Neuroscience Annual Meetings. Her most recent post-doc was at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, in Neurology with Leslie Weiner, M.D., funded by the French Foundation for Alzheimers Disease research, studying the neuro-protective effects of estrogen and the p53 gene.
Lauren completed clinical hours utilizing neuropsychological assessments, and cognitive behavior therapy when working with Workmen’s Compensation clients and their families for stress and pain management, couples therapy, and group therapy, in addition to pre- and post-operative bariatric surgery patients for body dysmorphia issues. She continues her studies in biofeedback therapy most recently with Dr.’s Tiffany Thompson and Nicholas Dogris’ Neurofield Neurotherapy, Inc. bootcamp. She is a Pilates Sports Center certified Pilates instructor, and Pilates Method Alliance. “I aim to enhance people’s mental, physical, and fiscal well-being.”
Doctoral Student / Intern
Daiana Vittorio has a Bachelor’s Degree with two majors: Psychology and English, and a minor: social science. She has attended the first year of law school. Previously, Daiana has interned for a state senator and she has worked in various law offices. Daiana has experience working in prisons. She has worked with incarcerated youth and adults. Daiana has received certificates from SWAT and Homeland Security, she has also worked with LAPD officers. In addition, she also has some experience with veterans. She is working with IKKIR Foundation, an organization that raises awareness on suicide prevention. Her scopes include: forensics and psychoanalytical depth orientation. Currently, Daiana is a doctoral student.
Katie received her B.A. in Psychology from CSUN in 2018, where she worked in an Alzheimer’s Disease and Multicultural Neruropsychology lab. She is currently working at the Neuropsychology Dementia and Multicultural Lab at CSUN, and the ADHD and Development Lab at UCLA. Her interests include neurophsychological assessment, neuroimaging, neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Parental Stress.
Katie is also a part of the BUILD PROJECT Post-Baccalaureate program, funded by the NIH.
Lyndsay Brooks, Psy.D
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SoCal NPG’s Resident Little Angel
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