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About Natacha Akshoomoff, PhD
Natacha Akshoomoff, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in pediatric neuropsychology. She has extensive expertise and experience in the diagnosis and assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and learning disorders (reading, math, writing). She conducts assessments with children, teens, and college students. She also works with children who are at risk of having learning and behavioral challenges, including children born preterm and children with medical and neurological conditions.
Her research focuses on the interrelationships between brain development, genetic factors, and cognitive, behavioral, and academic outcomes. Her studies include the neuropsychological consequences of very preterm birth, typical neuropsychological development, neurobehavioral phenotypes associated with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disorders, and the longer term effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol and other drugs.
In her role as a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Akshoomoff is involved in training graduate students in the San Diego State University/the University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She is also active in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, residents, fellows, and postdoctoral scholars at UC San Diego.
Prior to joining the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego over 15 years ago, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Georgia State University.
Dr. Akshoomoff earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology (neuropsychology track) from the San Diego State University/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, with a clinical psychology internship at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions (neuropsychology track). She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in developmental neuropsychology at UC San Diego.
In her free time, Dr. Akshoomoff enjoys walking her dog on the beach, taking Barre classes, reading, watching movies, and spending time with family.
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- San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program, San Diego, CA
- University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, Gainesville, FL
- UC San Diego, San Diego, CA
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Conditions and Treatments
- Learning Disorders
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Pediatric Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Disorders