Dr. Ashley Whitaker currently serves as Director of the HOPE Neuropsychology Service at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), a clinical service line providing care to children with cancer, hematologic malignancies, metabolic conditions, seizure disorders, stroke, and genetic abnormalities. She also holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine.*
In addition to her hospital-based work, Dr. Whitaker provides neuropsychological evaluations for the Curry Psychology Group, assessing babies, children, adolescents, and young adults.
Dr. Whitaker has obtained board certification in clinical neuropsychology and ABPP-CN subspecialty board certification in pediatric neuropsychology, a credential held by less than 130 neuropsychologists nationwide.
She has trained at the most competitive pediatric neuropsychology training programs in the nation, completing externships at the Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC) and Kaiser Permanente, an APA-Accredited doctoral internship at Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Barrow Neurological Institute, and a prestigious two-year APPCN-accredited postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at the #1 children’s hospital in the nation at that time- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
Today, Dr. Whitaker holds several mentorship positions in addition to volunteering her knowledge and skill set as a sample reviewer for neuropsychologists pursuing board certification. She is committed to providing culturally sensitive teaching and supervision to aspiring neuropsychologists, while also contributing to research and providing care to underserved populations.
As a pediatric neuropsychologist, Dr. Whitaker specializes in the assessment of brain-based conditions including learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism spectrum disorder.
She also has extensive experience in evaluating and researching twice-exceptional (2e) children and teens. 2e refers to children who are exceptionally bright and gifted, while also experiencing some form of difficulty in learning, attention, mood, or another aspect of neurodevelopment. Despite their high intelligence, these children often perform inconsistently in school and are frequently misperceived to be lacking effort.
Dr. Whitaker believes in the importance of identifying each child’s unique strengths and underlying difficulties so she can create a plan that promotes success. She provides recommendations that encourage a child’s interests and build upon strengths while also accommodating areas of difficulty. Whether a child is experiencing difficulties with learning, attention, behavior, mood, sleep, social skills, or other concerns, Dr. Whitaker strives to help parents understand the way their child’s brain works so they can optimize their child’s full potential.
*Dr. Whitaker is working with the Curry Psychology Group as an independent contractor and under no affiliation with USC or CHLA.