Philosophy of Care
A positive collaboration between patient and provider is essential for high-quality care. This relationship is based on trust and mutual respect. I rely on patients and/or their caregivers to provide information that will guide clinical decision making. In turn, the patients/caregiver relies on me, and my years of experience, to provide insights into their presenting condition(s), explain treatment options, and support them in accessing appropriate treatment(s).
Dr. Roa is a licensed psychologist at the UC Davis MIND Institute who serves as chief psychologist for the Massie Family Clinic. Her clinical work focuses on assessing and diagnosing neurodevelopmental disorders, such as developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other mental health conditions in order to guide families and children towards appropriate and evidence based interventions. She is bilingual/bicultural and able to provide culturally competent care to native Spanish speakers.
Dr. Roa is also a member of the research clinical team and provides support to several MIND Institute research studies seeking to build on existing knowledge of risk factors and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Ph.D., Northeastern University, Boston MA 2001
M.A., Lesley College, Cambridge MA 1994
B.A., Psychology, Chestnut Hill MA 1990
Internship: Acute Treatment Unit, Adolescent Unit, Outpatient Neurology, Worcester Youth Guidance Center, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester MA 1999-2000
Postdoctoral Fellow in Child and Adult Neuropsychology, Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School, Cambridge MA 2000-2003
California Board of Psychology,
American Psychological Association
International Neuropsychological Society
National Association of Neuropsychology
Northern California Neuropsychological Forum
Select Recent Publications
Hertz-Picciotto I, Schmidt R, Walker S, Wise K, LaSalle J, Giulivi C, Puschner B, Thomas J, Roa D, et al. A Prospective Study of Environmental Exposure and Early Biomarkers in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Design, Protocols, Preliminary Data from The MARBLES Study. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2018;126(11)117004;1-15.
Liriano D. Fostering Feminist Principles In Our Community: How Do We Get There? In Hill M. and Ballou M. ( Eds.) The Foundation and Future of Feminist Therapy. 2004.
Ballou M, Barry J, Billingham K, Weinger-Boorstein McGovern S, Liriano D, et al. Psychological Model for Judicial Decision Making in Emergency or Temporary Child Placement. American Journal of Ortho. 2001;71(4):416-425.