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Dani Binegar, PhD

Dani Binegar, PhD recently completed her training as a Neuropsychology Resident at the UC Davis-Martinez CADC. She came to the CADC from University of Texas, Southwestern with the goal of gaining in depth knowledge of Alzheimer's disease and other disorders that affect mental function in older adults.

Dr. Binegar says:

“The Neuropsychology fellowship at UC Davis is an excellent program. I assessed patients at the CADC, as well as at the Veterans Administration hospital and got exposure to diverse populations and diagnostic issues including dementias (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia), mild traumatic brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, PTSD, depression, pseudodementia, etc. I had the opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team of diagnosticians including neurologists, neuropsychologists, registered clinical nurses, research coordinators, psychometrists and clinical pathologists. This wide range of professionals and learning opportunities greatly enriched my knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders.”

“Perhaps most importantly, the supervisors are passionate and knowledgeable and are committed to the fellow’s professional development. They encourage autonomy within a well-structured program that ensures the fellow is ready for independent practice and functioning by the end of the term. Because of the excellent supervision and training opportunities I was afforded by UC Davis, I was fully prepared to apply and interview for jobs in my field.”

Dr. Binegar is now a staff psychologist with the Northern California Veterans Affairs Health Care System.