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Dr. Chidekel assesses children, adolescents, and adults referred for academic, developmental, relational, occupational, and behavioral difficulties. She also assesses older adults with concerns about age-related changes in cognitive capacity, memory, decision-making and emotional well-being. She is known for her knowledge of brain-behavior relationships, and of the interplay between neurocognitive, interpersonal and emotional dynamics. This integrated understanding of cognitive and emotional processes ensures that treatment can be addressed specifically, comprehensively and proactively. 

Dr. Chidekel is retained as an expert witness in personal injury, medical malpractice, employment, special education, probate, class action, elder law, and limited family and criminal matters. She is retained by the plaintiff and defense in approximately equal proportions. She also serves as a consultant for other professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, teachers, social workers, marriage and family counselors, educational advocates, and attorneys. She is a frequent presenter to lay and professional audiences. 

Dr. Chidekel has authored and co-authored books and articles about aspects of developmental neuropsychology and parameters of practice. Articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals, such as Cerebellum, Pediatric Neurology, and Applied Neuropsychology: Child. She is co-author of ADHD as a Model of Brain-Behavior Relationships (Springer 2013) and the author of Parents in Charge: Setting Healthy, Loving Boundaries for You and Your Child (Simon and Schuster, 2001). Dr. Chidekel has appeared on local and national radio programs and local and national TV, including multiple appearances on The Today Show and a one-hour PBS special: Great Parents, Great Kids with Dr. Dana Chidekel.


Dana Chidekel earned her B.A. from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Alhambra, CA. She dedicated the early part of her career to the study and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In 2000, she completed post-doctoral training in neuropsychology through the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, CA. 

Dr. Chidekel has been certified by the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology since 2000. She has been certified by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology since 2007.