Dr. Lechuga was born in Lynwood, California and raised in Carson, California. His mother was Mexican and Filipina American, and his father was Mexican American. He is also of Native American descent. His professional work is viewed through these ethnic and cultural influences. Dr. Lechuga is also a United States Air Force (USAF) veteran.
Dr. Lechuga is a past president of HNS and is the current administrative director. HNS is home to him because of its emphasis on cultural neuropsychology. HNS serves as a source of inspiration for his governance work.
Dr. Lechuga is the director of The Neurobehavioral Clinic & Counseling Center, a private practice servicing individuals with learning, cognitive, and behavioral challenges (www.neuroclinic.com). He conducts assessments and therapy with brain-injured adolescents and adults. Dr. Lechuga is a civil forensic neuropsychologist and serves as the sports neuropsychology consultant for several professional and amateur teams including the LA Kings, LA Football Club, LA Galaxy, and Concordia University. He also supervises interns and postdoctoral fellows at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Hispanic Neuropsychiatric Center of Excellence.
Additional training and professional experiences include:
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology – UCLA
- Pre-doctoral internship – UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute
- Licensed in California, Hawaii, and Arizona
- Board certificated through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation Psychology, as well as through the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology
- Former president of the California Psychological Association and represented California at the APA Council of Representatives for six years.
His life gifts revolve around family; he has been married for 35 years, and has a son, a daughter, a grandson, and a granddaughter on the way! Distractions include music, karate, and paddling his outrigger canoe.
Bilder, R.M., Postal, K.S., Barisa, M. Aase, D.M., Cullum, C.M., Gillaspy, S.R., Harder, L., Kanter, G., Lanca, M. Lechuga, D.M., Morgan, J.M. Most, R., Puente, A.E., Salinas, C.M. and Woodhouse, J. (2020). InterOrganizational practice committee recommendations/guidance for teleneuropsychology (TeleNP) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 34(7-8), 1314-1334. https://doi.org/10.1080/13854046.2020.1767214
Strand, S., Lechuga, D., Zachariah, T., And Beaulieu, K. (2015). Relative risk for concussions in young female soccer players. Applied Neuropsychology Child, 4(10), 58-64.
Lechuga, D.M. (2006). Informal report of a high school sports concussion program. California Psychologist, January/February 2006.
Cervantes, J. and Lechuga, D.M. (2004). Pain management, work-related injuries, and treatment of Spanish-speaking patients. Professional Psychology, Research, and Practice, 35(1), 1-9.
Lechuga, D.M. (2003). Return-to-play decisions after sports-related concussion. California Psychologist, November 2003.
Lechuga, D.M. Book review. R.T. Fraser and D.C. Clemmons (Eds.) Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation: Practical Vocational, Neuropsychological, and Psychotherapy Interventions. FL: CRC Press. Journal of Head Trauma and Rehabilitation, 15(4): 1-2.
Lechuga, D.M. (1998). Mandatory continuing education builds a record of success. California Psychologist, August 1998.
Lechuga, D.M. Role reversal: A technique for exploring patient biofeedback strategies (1980). American Journal of Clinical Biofeedback, 3(2), 178.
Lechuga, D.M. Psychological correlates and conditioning properties of posttraumatic stress disorder in a Vet Center sample of Vietnam veterans (1985). Dissertation Abstracts International, 46(12), 4405B-4406B.
- Distinguished Contribution to Psychology as a Profession. California Psychological Association’s Division of Neuropsychology (2014)
- Jerry C. Clark Advocacy Award, California Psychological Association (2013)
- Karl F. Heiser, Presidential Award for Advocacy, American Psychological Association (Division 31). (2012)
- Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession. California Psychological Association (2012)
- Chapter of the Year
- Awarded by California Psychological Association during David M. Lechuga, Ph.D.’s Orange County Psychological Association Presidential Term (2003).
- Silver Psi Award
- California Psychological Association (1998)
- Nominee, Joseph A. Gingerelli Distinguished Dissertation Award
- University of California, Los Angeles (1985)
- Fellow, National Institute of Mental Health
- University of California, Los Angeles (1983-1985)
- Fellow, Graduate Advancement Fellowship
- University of California, Los Angeles (1980-1983)
- With Distinction, California State University, Long Beach (1980)