Meet Our Team
Many use our services to provide answers to their questions about their struggles in school, home, work, or socially. Our team offers comprehensive consultations and assessments to identify strengths and weaknesses, to provide appropriate diagnoses, and to work with individuals implementing various treatment options in order to help them succeed. Our goal is to provide services to enhance healthy social and emotional functioning across the lifespan.
Richard D. Abbey, PhD
Dr. Abbey is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist. He provides neuropsychological evaluations for infants, children, and adults. He is the director of neuropsychological services and is involved in every case in the clinic. His research focuses on learning disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and the neurocognitive effects of cancer treatments. Dr. Abbey also specializes in neuropsychological functioning related to medical complications including brain trauma, injury, stroke, epilepsy, cancer, and seizures.
Stephanie C. Abbey, PhD
Dr. Abbey is a licensed psychologist. She provides therapy and works with a variety of concerns, including difficulties with relationships, life transitions, stress, anxiety, depression, body image, grief/loss, trauma, and sexual orientation. Dr. Abbey integrates issues of diversity and explores clients’ needs within the context of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs. She has experience working in university counseling centers, community mental health centers, inpatient hospitals, and residential treatment centers.
Diana M. Barret, PhD
Dr. Barrett is a licensed psychologist trained in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of learning, autism spectrum, mood, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders, across the lifespan. She has worked with children as young as 3 years old and adults as young as 72! She completed her graduate work at the University of Montana where she specialized in child and family services. During her internship at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, she worked with children, adolescents and adults in both inpatient and day treatment settings. Finally, her postdoctorate training at Stanford University School of Medicine included evaluation and therapy services for children, adolescents, and families. Currently, she provides therapy, neuropsychological assessment, parent coaching, Executive Function coaching, interventions, and consultations.
Megan McConnell, PhD
Dr. McConnell provides psychological assessment, therapy, consultation and neurotherapy for children, adolescents and their families. She completed her doctoral training at McGill University in Montreal. She has conducted a range of clinical services at multiple training sites, which include Boston Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Dr. McConnell has worked with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, ADHD, behavioral issues, mood disorders, learning disabilities, eating disorders, developmental disabilities such as Autism, medical issues and those that have experienced trauma. She completed a research fellowship at Harvard, studying attachment and has particular expertise in both assessing and treating parent-child relationship difficulties. Dr. McConnell utilizes a variety of evidence-based techniques tailored to the child and family’s needs. She is passionate about working collaboratively with caregivers and her approach is strength-based and integrative.
Sopagna Braje, PhD
Dr. Sopagna Braje is a clinical psychologist with over a decade of experience in the classroom and in clinical settings, working with children, adolescents, and their families. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Oregon and received specialized training in the assessment and treatment of trauma among children and adults at her internship at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Prior to joining ANC, she was teaching and conducting research as a university faculty member engaged in the intersections of theory and practice. She has published numerous academic journal articles and book chapters on issues pertaining to multicultural considerations in assessment and diagnosis, issues of identity and risk-taking among adolescents, and sociocultural considerations of parenting behaviors. She utilizes evidence-based treatments such as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), exposure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, parent coaching, and acceptance and mindfulness-based therapies to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Julia Zubillaga, PsyD
Dr. Zubillaga is a postdoctoral fellow who joined Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic following an APA-accredited clinical psychology internship at California Pacific Medical Center where she specialized in psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents, as well as individual psychotherapy with children and adults. A native South Floridian, she completed her doctoral training through Albizu University in Miami, FL, with a concentration in pediatric neuropsychology. Her clinical and research experiences involve assessing neuropsychological functioning in children, adolescents, and adults presenting with neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., learning disabilities, developmental delays, ADHD), medical complications, and neurocognitive dysfunction. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Currently, she provides neuropsychological assessments and psychotherapy at Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic.
Rachael Little, M.Sc., is a dual-registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. She is our Director of Cognitive Training, and has extensive experience in providing neurofeedback and neuromodulation for individuals with ADHD and learning disorders, anxiety and OCD, and traumatic brain injuries. She has lectured at numerous conferences across the country about the ever-evolving field of neurofeedback. She also provides assessment and psychotherapy services to all ages of individuals, as well as couples and families. She has prior experience in treating children and adults in community-based mental health settings in the Bay Area. She finds working with teenagers to be particularly rewarding, and enjoys helping young people to reach their full potentials.
Peggy Powell is a Learning Specialist who develops individualized interventions, pulling from multi-sensory, research-based methods. She works with students who are struggling with reading, comprehension, writing, and math, incorporating these as needed with executive functioning coaching and brain training (e.g., neurofeedback and cognitive exercises). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Humanities and has worked in the field of education for over 20 years. She enjoys supporting students in gaining the skills and confidence they need in order to become successful.
Beth Powell is a Learning Specialist who creates individualized cognitive interventions from a variety of multisensory programs and cognitive therapies such scientifically based reading, writing, and math interventions, integrated into executive functioning coaching and brain training (e.g., neurofeedback and Cognitive drills). She holds a Master’s degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Math. She has worked in education for over 25 years and enjoys finding the right approach that struggling students need to succeed.
Beth Hill is an Educational Therapist/Learning Specialist who focuses on individualized instruction using research-based methods. She has a Master’s degree from the Bank Street College of Education in Childhood General and Special Education. Beth also holds dual teaching certification in Childhood Education and Special Education in California and New York State. She provides support for students with learning disabilities, learning differences, ADHD, dyslexia and executive functioning challenges. Beth’s programming includes customized, multi-sensory instruction to address gaps and build independence by teaching children long-term strategies for learning.
Natasha Gupta, B.Sc.
Natasha Gupta graduated with a degree in Neuroscience from UT Dallas. She is our Director of Operations and has a wide breadth of experience working with children and adults from varying cognitive backgrounds in multiple forms of Neurofeedback, Biofeedback, and learning programs such as CogMed Working Memory Training, Interactive Metronome, and LearningRX. She strives to integrate skill and brain-based training in order to provide help for children and adults with attention difficulties, learning disabilities, executive function weaknesses, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), anxiety, depression, memory challenges, and traumatic brain injuries. This multi-modal approach furthers her commitment to helping individuals of all abilities achieve a greater feeling of wellness.
Charlotte Moss, B.Sc., B.A.
Charlotte Moss graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.Sc. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Psychology. She has experience working with clients of all ages who are seeking help with attention deficits, anxiety, depression, Autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injuries, concussions, and memory loss. Charlotte is trained in Neurofeedback, Biofeedback, Learning Rx, and CogMed to help promote higher brain functioning and increase overall wellness.
Rachelle Valenzuela, B.A.
Rachelle graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science & Disorders with a concentration in sports rehabilitation. Rachelle has studied and worked with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and neurological disorders helping her understand the different needs of each patient. Rachelle has also worked with post-concussion traumatic brain injuries and vision, eye, head, and body reflexes, and sports-related vision enhancements. Rachelle takes pride in seeing each patient achieve their goals no matter what the circumstance. She is now pursuing a Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology.
Nilou Novin, B.Sc.
Nilou Novin graduated with degrees in Neuroscience and Mathematics from Boston University. She is one of the cognitive trainers practicing Neurofeedback along with other forms of brain training with both children and adults of various clinical backgrounds.
Victoria Trebbi, B.A.
Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic
Palo Alto Office
366 S. California Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94306
1101 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 201
Alameda, CA 94501