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Ana C DiRago PhD

Education

Sc.B. Brown University, Psychology, with Honors 

M.A. University of Minnesota, Psychology 

Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Clinical Psychology (Clinical Science & Psychopathology Research, supplemental program in Analysis of Data and Behavioral Genetics.)

Academic Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Stanford School of Medicine

Experience

 

I am a clinical psychologist who specializes in diagnostic assessments (psychological, neuropsychological, and educational) of children, adolescents, and adults.

I hold a faculty appointment at the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences where I teach and supervise forensic psychiatry fellows.

I have over fifteen years of experience evaluating individuals with a wide range of presenting concerns in a variety of settings, such as outpatient clinics, medical centers, VA's, rehabilitation centers, partial hospitalization programs, jails, inpatient units, and research studies. I have been qualified by courts as an expert witness in several assessment areas.

 

Before opening my private practice, I was the co-director of the Gronowski Center's assessment center and worked at the Children's Health Council where I led multidisciplinary team evaluations of children and adolescents with a number of difficulties (e.g., emotional and behavioral concerns, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, severe and complex psychopathology, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD.)

Philosophy

Most psychologists are trained in either child or adult assessment. Influenced by my work with individuals of all ages, I adopt a lifespan perspective that acknowledges that development does not end in childhood and gives the same level of attention to events in adulthood. In my evaluations, I consider the critical changes that occur during every stage of life and interpret these changes in the context in which they occur. 

 

I am grateful for my experiences working in various settings and in multidisciplinary teams. They have enhanced my ability to "catch" important things that are often missed by providers who have only evaluated individuals who present with a narrow set of concerns or who are not open to viewing information through a different lens (e.g., the role of medical illness, unique life events, rare conditions, etc.)

I am always cognizant of how aspects of a client's identities, such as gender, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, disabilities, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status intersect with one another to shape life experiences. I am bilingual in Spanish and enjoy working with individuals of all nationalities.

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