I have always had a passion for helping others, and enjoy supporting people to unlock their full potential. I'm here to provide a supportive, nonjudgmental, space to help clients understand their experiences. I can help you determine the factors that are impacting you in a negative way, and present a positive pathway for change. We can work together to help you increase your sense of well-being and overall quality of life. My approach is warm, empathic and unique to your needs. If you want to determine if you or a loved one has an attention, learning or processing issue, I provide a comprehensive assessment and report, to answer your referral questions. Please contact me for a consultation.
3/2009 - present
Neuropsychologist/Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice, Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, CA Providing comprehensive assessments and treatment for individuals and families with a variety of concerns including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, parenting, aging, cognitive assessment, caregiver stress, ADHD, Autism spectrum and learning disorders. 6/2009-11/2015 - Clinical Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychology Partners, Los Angeles CA Provided comprehensive assessments, at a busy neuropsychology practice in the West Los Angeles area. 5/2009-6/2010 - Psychologist, North Los Angeles County Regional Center, Van Nuys, CA Provided assessments for individuals who requested regional center services related to cognitive impairment, Mental Retardation and Autism. 9/2007-3/2009 - Clinical Director/ Neuropsychologist, The Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine, Northridge and Los Angeles, CA Duties included providing education, counseling, psychological and neuropsychological assessment, QEEG interpretation, determination of neuro/biofeedback protocols and treatment planning with a diverse patient population. Additional responsibilities included but were not limited to overseeing supervision, training, and management duties for approximately 20-40 employees in two clinics in addition to doing consultations for staff and patients in all five clinics of the practice, as part of the senior management team. 9/2005-9/2007 - Post-doctoral Fellow in Pediatric Neuropsychology, The Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine, Los Angeles and Northridge, CA Duties included: providing initial diagnostic assessments and ongoing treatment reviews, psychoeducational, auditory/language and neuropsychological assessment, QEEG training and interpretation, and creation of biofeedback and neurofeedback protocols for treatment of various disorders. 8/2004-8/5/2005 - Psychology Intern (Geropsychology), West Los Angeles Veterans Administrative Medical Center (APA Accredited), Los Angeles, CA (2000 hours). Provided a variety of psychological services to a culturally and ethnically diverse population of U.S. veterans. This generalist program was based on a scientist-practitioner model and consists of four 3-month rotations in various treatment settings .
8/2002-6/2003 - Practicum Student, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Services, San Jose, CA Provided a variety of services in English and Spanish for diverse population of children, adolescents and families in an outpatient community hospital setting. Duties included but were not limited to: intake assessments, individual/family/group psychotherapy, psychological assessments, presentations to the community at various local schools, and the development of a manualized parenting course in Spanish. Additionally, was a member of a specialized team that conducted multiple, weekly, comprehensive ADHD assessments. 6/2002-1/2004 - Graduate Research Assistant, The Older Adult and Family Center of the Palo Alto VA Systems and Stanford University School of Medicine, Menlo Park, CA An extension of prior practicum experience, duties included manuscript preparation and review, screening and interviewing individuals caring for family members with memory loss, as well as conduct CBT groups with Latinos and Caucasians aimed at reducing patient problem behaviors, caregiver stress and depression, increasing well-being and providing psychoeducation. Additional duties included teaching cognitive and behavioral interventions to students and staff, as well as training them to use the manual we have developed.
4/2002-11/2002 - Consultant, Alzheimer’s Association, Mountain View, CA. Description: Hired to design and implement a study to evaluate the effects of a fine arts program on dementia patients’ well-being, depression and level of engagement. See publications listed below for more information. 8/2001-6/2002 - Practicum Student, The Older Adult and Family Center of the VA Palo Alto Health Care Systems and Stanford University School of Medicine, Menlo Park, CA Assisted in a multi-site, multi-ethnic study utilizing empirically validated treatment methods (Cognitive and Behavioral) to reduce caregiver stress and enhance well-being. Duties included the design and development of a treatment manual, provision of group therapy for caregivers, intake and bereavement interviews, telephone screening and community outreach.
2005-2007 - Post-doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology, The Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine, Los Angeles, CA – supervised under 3 Neuropsycholgists and an MD. 2004-2005 - Pre-doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (Geropsychology), West Los Angeles Veterans Administrative Medical Center (APA Accredited), Los Angeles, CA 1999-2005 - Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, completed August, 2005. Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, CA (APA-accredited Clinical Psychology program, affiliated with Stanford University). 1995-1999 - Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
Research Presentations & Publications
*Maiden name is Krisztal
Felsenthal, E.M.K. (2010).Disability Awareness: A Manual for Employers. Unpublished manual, available from Jewish Vocational Services, Los Angeles, California. McMurtray A.M., Licht E., Yeo T., Krisztal E., Saul R.E., Mendez M.F. (2008). Relationship of Cortical Hypometabolism to Specific Dementia Diagnoses. European Neurology, 59(1-2):31-7. Gallagher-Thompson,D., Krisztal, E., Gillespie, Z., Leung, L., Egwaikhide, A., Gray, H., Oportot, M., Cardenas, V., Tang, P., Coon, D. (2003, November). Multicultural Outreach: A Comparison of Successful Strategies. Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, CA. Krisztal, E.M. & Dupart, T. (2003, November) Evaluating the Effects of a Fine Arts Group on Dementia Patients’ Well-Being. Poster session for the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, CA. Gallagher-Thompson, D., Mausbach, B., Gray, H., Wilson-Arias, E., Egwaikhide, A., Long, C., Singer, L., Tse, C., Krisztal, E., & Coon, D. W. (2004, April). Effective recruitment of ethnically diverse family caregivers into psychosocial interventions. Symposium at the Joint Conference of the American Society on Aging and the National Council on the Aging, San Francisco, California. Depp, C., Krisztal, E., Cardenas, V., Oportot, M., Mausbach, B., Ambler, C., Leung, L., Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2003). Treatment options for improving wellbeing in dementia family caregivers: The case for psychoeducational interventions. The Clinical Psychologist, 7(1), 21-31. Long, C., Krisztal, E., Rabinowitz, Y., Gillispie, Z., Tse, C., Singer, L., Gallagher-Thompson, D (2003). Caregiver stress and physical health: The case for stress management therapy. The Clinical Psychologist. Gallagher-Thompson, D., Solano, N., Krisztal, E., Thompson, L. & Coon, D. (2003). Managing Caregiver Stress. (Available from the Older Adult Center of the Palo Alto VA and Stanford University School of Medicine, 795 Willow Road (182 C/MP), Menlo Park, CA 94025. Gallagher-Thompson, D., Solano, N., McGee, J., Krisztal, E., Kaye, J., Coon, D., & Thompson, L. (2003). L.U.C.H.A.R. Latinas Unidas Cuidando y Hablando Abiertamente. (Available from the Older Adult Center of the Palo Alto VA and Stanford University School of Medicine, 795 Willow Road (182 C/MP), Menlo Park, CA 94025. Krisztal, E., Martinez, J., Hinijosa, M., (2003). Padres de Ninos Hiperactivos. Unpublished manual. Krisztal, E.M., Dupart, T., Morley, T., & Long, C. (2003, June) Emotion in Dementia Patients: Qualitative Effects of a Fine Arts Group. Presented at the Updates on Dementia conference, Stanford, CA. Bateman, A.E., Gartstein, M.A. & Krisztal, E.M. (2003, April). Early Manifestations of Child Depression: Contributions of Infant Temperament and Parental Depressive Symptoms. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development. Tampa, FL. Krisztal, E., Gillespie, Z. & Leung, L. (2003, March). Muticultural outreach with family caregivers of dementia patients. Poster presented at the Sleep and Dementia Conference March, 2003. Presented first at Multicultural Conference 2002, American Psychological Association, Hollywood, California. Krisztal, E.M., Dupart, T., & Morley, T. (2002, November) Behavioral Signs of Emotion in Dementia Patients: Evaluating the Effects of a Fine Arts Group. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Reno, NV. Solano N., McGee, J.S., Krisztal, E., Kaye, J. Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2002, November) Developing a Behavioral Treatment Manual for Latina Family Caregivers. Poster presented at the 36th annual convention of the Association for the Advancement of Behavioral Therapy, Reno, NV. Krisztal, E. (2002, June). Emotions and Dementia. Presented at the Geropsychiatry Seminar, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park Division, Menlo Park, California. Available online http://mirecc.stanford.edu. Bateman, A.E., Gartstein, M.A. & Krisztal, E.M. (2002, May). The Influence of Infant Temperament and Parental Depressed Mood on Toddler Depressive Symptoms. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pacific Research Forum, Palo Alto, CA. Krisztal, E., Rabinowitz, Y.G., Ambler, C.C. (2002, January). Depression in family caregivers of dementia patients: The role of ethnicity and kinship status. Poster presented at the Multicultural Conference and Summit of the American Psychological Association, Hollywood, California. Krisztal, E., Gillespie, Z. & Leung, L. (2002, January). Muticultural outreach with family caregivers of dementia patients. Poster presented at the Multicultural Conference and Summit of the American Psychological Association, Hollywood, California.