Shital Pavawalla, PhD, ABPP-CN
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Dr. Pavawalla is a board-certified neuropsychologist who specializes in traumatic brain injury (TBI). She completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology at Washington State University, where she studied aspects of cognitive recovery following moderate-to-severe TBI. She completed her pre-doctoral internship training in the Polytrauma program within the VA Palo Alto Healthcare system where her clinical work focused on TBI, acute neurorehabilitation, and aging/memory disorders.
Dr. Pavawalla went on to complete her post-doctoral fellowship in the Polytrauma program at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, FL, where her clinical work continued to focus on TBI, acute rehabilitation, and aging/memory disorders. While on fellowship, her research focused on the full severity range of TBI, such as non-neurological factors that impact post-concussive symptoms, and the natural course of recovery in disorders of consciousness (DOC) following severe TBI. Following fellowship, she practiced in various acute neurorehabilitation settings, with an inpatient focus on implementing evidence-based practices for managing TBI patients. Her outpatient practice involved a broad range of referral populations, including TBI, stroke, and aging/memory disorders. Additionally, her outpatient practice involved developing and directing a comprehensive, interdisciplinary concussion assessment and management program which involved several arms, including baseline and post-concussion ImPACT testing for high school athletes, return-to-play and return-to-school plans, and diagnosis and management of acute and chronic, non-sports-related concussion injuries in adults.
Dr. Pavawalla remains involved in various professional activities including serving on the Brain Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (BI-ISIG) of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), and consulting on the development of professional training related to evidence-based practices for managing concussion care. In her position at UCLA, she serves as an outpatient neuropsychologist in the Department of Neurology, where she evaluates a broad range of clinical populations, including aging/memory disorders, TBI/concussion injuries, strokes, and movement disorders.