Jen Salata, PhD

Pediatric and Young Adult Neuropsychologist

Clinical Instructor (Voluntary)
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
California License Psy Lic #PSY25982

Dr. Jen Salata is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in neuropsychological assessment of children, adolescents, and young adults. Dr. Salata has experience in the neuropsychological assessment and diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (A-D/HD), learning disorders, intellectual disabilities, and language and communication disorders. Dr. Salata also specializes in the neuropsychological assessment of children and young adults with various psychiatric concerns including disruptive behavior disorders, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and thought disorders. Additionally, she has experience in the neuropsychological assessment of many medical concerns including epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, brain tumor, and the effects of events such as substance abuse or oncological treatments.

Dr. Salata also conducts Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Social Skills Training (SST) with children, adolescents, and young adults with a wide range of concerns including: anxiety, social and other phobias, depression, expressive language difficulties, attentional difficulties, and social concerns. Whether working in the capacity of a psychologist conducting CBT or SST, or in the role of neuropsychologist, it is Dr. Salata's goal to help those with whom she works to improve their quality of life and move forward toward a bright, healthy future.

Dr. Jen Salata completed her undergraduate training at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2003, where she earned a B.A. with High Distinction in Psychology with Honors and a B.A. in Anthropology. She then earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Los Angeles, California in 2011. Dr. Salata completed a one-year predoctoral internship accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles where she trained in the provision of CBT and CBT-based social skills development as well as neuropsychological assessments for children and adults. She also completed a formal two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology through the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior and the David Geffen School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in partnership with The Help Group/UCLA Neuropsychology Program.

Through formal training afforded during her APA accredited predoctoral internship at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, California in conjunction with training experiences during her postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, Dr. Salata has specialized in the primary diagnosis and diagnostic clarification of Autism Spectrum Disorder for children, teens, and adults. Her training and experience in Autism Spectrum Disorder focuses on using assessment tools that are considered to be the “gold standard” within the industry in terms of diagnosis. Namely, Dr. Salata uses these “gold standard” assessment tools—the ADOS-II (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition) and the ADI-R (Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised)— in combination with other neuropsychological assessment measures to develop diagnostic impressions and recommendations that are very specific, individually tailored, and focused on all of the individual factors that make up “the big picture.”