About Us
 
Karen M. Falla, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Child, Adolescent, Adult, Geriatric

Dr. Falla founded Neuropsychology Consultants with a vision of bringing together outstanding clinicians offering state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment in the fields of clinical psychology and neuropsychology. She is a licensed psychologist with a specialization in Clinical Neuropsychology, focusing on the evaluation and treatment of individuals across the developmental lifespan who are experiencing cognitive, emotional, social, or behavioral difficulties. She provides services to individuals in the office on an outpatient basis and also on an inpatient basis at Medical City McKinney, including medical rehabilitation and psychiatry.

In working with children and adolescents, Dr. Falla helps to enhance understanding of their functioning in several domains. With consideration of their strengths and weaknesses, she works with parents to develop a plan of intervention to help the child or adolescent fulfill their potential in multiple domains of life. Typical referral issues include ADHD, learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, other neurodevelopmental problems, and traumatic brain injury. She also helps with emotional difficulties, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and adjustment disorder.

In working with adults, she assists with differential diagnosis of dementia and other neurologically based problems. Typical referral issues include Alzheimerís disease, Lewy body dementia, Frontotemporal dementia, Vascular dementia due to major stroke or microvascular disease, Parkinsonís disease, multiple sclerosis, brain tumor, seizure disorder, and traumatic brain injury.  She works with individuals and families to help them work toward positive emotional adaptation to life changes associated with a family memberís decline in cognitive or physical functioning.  She treats her patients with compassion and respect as they seek to understand the basis of problems they are experiencing, and discusses with them practical and accessible ways of improving their quality of life.

Dr. Falla earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology (APA-accredited) and her masterís degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Arizona State University, graduating summa cum laude. Prior to this, she earned a bachelorís degree in Computer Science from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Arizona State University. Afterward, she worked for five years as a Software Engineer for Honeywell Commercial Flight Systems, collaborating with systems engineers and hardware engineers to produce flight control (autopilot) systems for commercial aircraft.

As she transitioned her analytical skills into the field of clinical psychology, she evaluated children receiving neuro-oncology services at Cook Childrenís Medical Center in preparing her dissertation, ďThe Relationship between Executive and Psychosocial Functioning in Children Treated for a Brain Tumor.Ē She had a focus on neuropsychological evaluation and treatment of both children and adults during her graduate practica with the Traumatic Brain Injury Program at the Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Dallas, Baylor Our Childrenís House in Dallas, and Cook Childrenís Medical Center in Fort Worth.

She furthered her specialized clinical training on internship at the APA-accredited Oklahoma Health Consortium in Oklahoma City (including rotations at the Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Hospital, Neuropsychology Associates at the Mercy Hospital Neuroscience Institute, and the Child Study Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center). Her postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology was completed at the Center for Psychological Development in Sherman, Texas, where she conducted in-depth neuropsychological evaluations with both inpatient and outpatient populations. Inpatient settings included acute care, rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and psychiatry.

Dr. Falla currently holds privileges at the Medical City McKinney where she sees patients in psychiatric care and medical rehabilitation. She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of North Texas. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (including Division 40: Clinical Neuropsychology), the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the Texas Psychological Association, Collin County Psychological Association, and Dallas Psychological Association.

 

Valerie Sive-Ramirez, Psy.D.Licensed Psychologist
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Child, Adolescent, Adult, Geriatric

Dr. Valerie Sive-Ramirez earned her doctoral degree from the APA-accredited counseling psychology graduate program at the University of San Francisco, which included a two-year graduate practicum at the Childrenís Health Council in Palo Alto, California. She received additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents at the APA-approved Southern Arizona Psychology Internship Consortium in Tucson, Arizona. She earned her masterís degree from the University of San Diego and has been licensed as a marriage and family therapist in California. She is currently a licensed psychologist in Texas.

Dr. Sive-Ramirez completed her post-doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology from Fielding Graduate University. As part of this specialized training, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at St. Maryís Medical Center, where she worked on the inpatient rehabilitation unit and conducted inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological evaluations for children and adolescents. She further refined her specialization by completing a second post-doctoral fellowship on the brain injury unit at Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center.

She has worked for the Memory Center at Baylor Neuroscience Center in Dallas as well as for the Pain Management Center at Baylor University Medical Center.  In both settings, she conducted comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations and pain evaluations, provided individual and group therapy, and assisted in coordination of treatment services to gather outcome data. She provides in-home neuropsychological assessment and psychotherapy rehabilitation patients through Rehab Without Walls. She has worked with children with many different types of conditions, including ADHD, learning difficulties, developmental delay, and neurological problems. 

In addition to her clinical experience, she has worked in different research settings, including a study on anger management and substance abuse for the U.S. Department of Veteranís Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco. She served as adjunct faculty for Wright Institute in Berkeley, California teaching graduate-level neuropsychological assessment. She is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Sive-Ramirez is committed to providing high quality evaluations and treatment.  An important objective in her clinical work is to provide each individual with an opportunity to obtain optimal functioning in daily life.

 

Daisy A. Blagg, Psy.D., LSSP            Licensed Psychologist
Clinical Psychologist
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
Child, Adolescent, Adult, Geriatric

Dr. Blagg is a Licensed Psychologist and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Texas School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Dallas, and she also holds two masterís degrees in General and Clinical Psychology. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled "Fathers of Children with Autism and Perceived Familial Stress."

She began her career as a special education teacher before pursuing graduate education in the field of psychology. After becoming a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, she spent 13 years working with children, adolescents and young adults, ages 2-21. She specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of learning, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. She worked closely with several school districts, including presentations on teaching and behavioral strategies for working with children with Autism, ADHD, emotional disorders and learning disabilities. More recently, she presented a lecture on decoding and understanding special education services and supports for outside care providers at Austin College for The Child and Family Guidance Center. 

 Dr. Blagg has a special interest in autism and has served on multiple autism teams throughout her time in educational and private settings. She excels in building rapport and collaborating with parents, providers, and schools in creating a better overall environment for these children, so that they may achieve their potential.

 In addition to working with children and their families, Dr. Blagg completed her post-doctoral fellowship in adult neuropsychology, conducting neuropsychological evaluations for dementia, Alzheimerís, adult ADHD, and psychological disorders. Working with families to coordinate care and conduct diagnostic assessments for their loved ones is Dr. Blaggís passion. We are very happy to have Dr. Blagg working with us!

   

            Licensed Psychologist
Mary Linda Chlipala, Ph.D, M.S., M.A., CCC/SLP     Clinical Neuropsychologist
    Speech/Language Pathologist
    Children, Adolescents, Adults, Geriatric

Dr. Chlipala specializes in neuropsychological assessment of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral difficulties in individuals across the lifespan. For adults, this includes concerns of possible dementia or other cognitive difficulties affecting quality of life. For children and adolescents, this includes developmental conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, intellectual disability, and other difficulties affecting a child's ability to learn and function as expected in important domains of their lives. She also conducts presurgical assessments (bariatric, deep brain stimulator, spinal cord stimulator). 

Dr. Chlipala has experience in a variety of settings including private practice, hospital inpatient/outpatient, skilled nursing facility (SNF), medical specialty unit (MSU), juvenile detention center, Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) Level V, rehabilitation hospital, and an outpatient rehabilitation center serving children and adults, in addition to providing didactic clinical training seminars and supervision of post-doctoral neuropsychology fellows, pre-doctoral neuropsychology interns, and psychometrists, as well as experience as an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She was formerly the Director of Clinical Training for an APPIC  pre-doctoral internship site.  

She earned her doctorate and master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Texas. Her dissertation is entitled "Organized Semantic Fluency and Executive Functioning in an Adult Clinical Sample and a Community Sample." Her master's thesis is entitled  "Longitudinal Study of Loneliness and Depression as Predictors of Health in Mid-To-Later Life." Her predoctoral internship involved work at Terrell State Hospital, where she saw children, adolescents and adults,; she also saw children for therapy at the Children's Advocacy Center. 

Prior to this, she earned a master's degree in Communication Disorders from Texas Woman's University and her bachelor's degree in Education from the University of North Texas. She worked as a Speech/Language Pathologist and eventual Department Head at The Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adults in Sherman, Texas. She also worked as a Speech-Language Therapist for the Grayson County Special Education Coop.

Dr. Chlipala has numerous scientific presentations and publications. She holds memberships in the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the International Neuropsychological Society, and the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. We are very happy to have Dr. Chlipala working with us!


   

Kristen Cline Belloni, Ph.D.           Licensed Psychologist
           Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
           Early Childhood, Child, Adolescent, Adult

Dr. Belloni has a specialized interest in clinical assessment of children with cognitive, emotional or behavioral difficulties and disabilities, with particular interests in neuropsychological evaluation for Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD. She served for five years on the Autism Evaluation Team for the Frisco Independent School District and has specialized training using the ADOS-2, considered the gold standard for assessment of autism in young children. She also provided consultation services for teachers, parents, and school staff, and she developed Functional Behavior Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans. She also has experience working with the Denton ISD and Lewisville ISD as part of her graduate training. Her graduate work also included service at the Denton County Child Advocacy Center where she provided Group and Individual counseling of abused children from 3 years to adolescence, including leading social skills groups, art therapy, play therapy and consulting with parents. She worked for Collin County Juvenile Detention Center where she provided group therapy for incarcerated adolescent boys. She also completed a graduate practicum in our office as part of her doctoral studies in 2008-2009.

 

Dr. Belloni earned her doctorate at the APA-accredited School Psychology/Neuropsychology program at Texas Woman's University. Her dissertation research is entitled A Confirmatory Factor Analytic Comparison of the Test of Everyday Attention for Children (TEA-Ch). She received her masterís degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Southern Methodist University where she had an emphasis on individual, group, marriage, and career counseling, assessment, conflict resolution, mediation, mental health consulting. She received her bachelorís degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Psychology, Anthropology, English from the University of North Texas. In addition to her child experience, she is a Medicare provider and has experience with adult assessment, including assessment for dementia.

 

Dr. Belloni also completed the Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate Program at Southern Methodist University in which she fulfilled academic certification requirements for recognition as a Mediator, including family and divorce mediation. She went on to work as Adjunct Instructor of the Life Span Development course in the Department of Dispute Resolution and Counseling - Master of Science in Counseling Program at SMU. She has served as Associate Professor at Collin College and as adjunct instructor at Brookhaven Community College.

 

Dr. Belloni has made multiple presentations across the nation on multiple topics, including Peer Mediation in Schools, Behavioral Management Strategies for the Classroom, Preschool Developmental Screening, Assessing Mathematic Skills: A Summary of Common Mathematic Assessment Instruments, and Evaluation of the Research on the Read Naturally Reading Fluency Intervention, Bullying in Schools, Asperger Social Skills Group Outcome Synopsis, and The Neurology of Huntingtonís Disease. She has also won numerous awards in recognition of her clinical, teaching, and research expertise. We are very happy to have Dr. Belloni working with us!

   

Jose Hinojosa, B.S.             Psychometrician
           Clinical Neuropsychology
            Child, Adolescent, Adult, Geriatric

Jose is a graduate of Baylor University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He is bilingual with fluency in English and Spanish. He works with us as an Administrator and also as a Psychometrician, helping with assessment activities such as test administration and scoring as he prepares for further graduate studies.

Joseís collegiate experience at Baylor prepared him well for work in our office. He participated in research in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, including research assistantships in the Social-Personality and Film and Perception Research Labs. He also served as a teaching assistant for Biology classes.

In addition to his academic activities at Baylor, Jose participated in club soccer and rock climbing, and he was a member of the Linguistics Club and the Zeta Zigga Zamma service fraternity. He served as an intramural referee for several sports, including volleyball, flag football, soccer, and softball.

Jose founded Baylor Athletes Without Limits, an organization that helps children with mental or physical disabilities participate in sports. He coaches youth soccer in the local community, and participates on a competitive soccer team. He also enjoys playing, producing, mixing, and recording music. We are happy to have Jose with us as important part of our clinical and administrative team!


   

Olivia King  B.S.            Graduate Clinical Extern
           Clinical Neuropsychology
           Child, Adolescent, Adult

Olivia is working toward her Ph.D. in School Psychology at Texas Woman's University. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology with departmental honors at Texas A&M University in College Station. She is completing her external practicum with us based on her interest in comprehensive assessment of individuals across the lifespan. We are very happy to have Olivia working with us!


   

Donna Ewing, M.S.              Graduate Intern
             Clinical Neuropsychology
             Early and Middle Childhood, Adolescent

Donna is an early childhood specialist and is working toward her Licensed Psychological Associate licensure. She is a senior lecturer and clinical supervisor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders Program at the University of Texas at Dallas.  We are very happy to have her working with us!


   

Samantha Saldana, M.S.            Graduate Clinical Extern
           Clinical Neuropsychology
           Child, Adolescent, Adult

Samantha is working on her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Texas. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology her minor in Biology with departmental honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a McNair Scholar and Presidential Achievement Scholar. We are very happy to have her working with us!


   


WE ARE COMMITTED TO HELPING INDIVIDUALS ACHIEVE THEIR ULTIMATE POTENTIAL AND ENHANCE THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE

We are committed to treating others with compassion and respect as we help them to more fully understand their unique characteristics and support them in seeking experiences that will enhance their quality of life.
6717 W Eldorado Parkway
Suite 110
McKinney, TX 75070

Telephone: 214-585-0584
Fax: 214-585-0586
E-mail:counsel@npconsult.net