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What I Do

I’m a neuropsychologist. I evaluate patients who are having cognitive issues during or after treatment for cancer or other diseases. I do assessments and provide documentation of lingering cognitive effects, to help them get back into the groove of life.

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Why I Do It

The best thing I could hear from someone is if they told me, “The work you did opened doors for me. It cleared barriers for me. It provided a pathway for me to be my best self, to be who I would like to be in this world.”

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My Big Career Moment

Two big milestones were getting my board certifications, first in clinical neuropsychology, and then being part of the first cohort to become certified in pediatric neuropsychology.

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Neuropsychologist Opens Doors to Help Patients Be Their Best Selves After Treatment

26/10/2023 06:00am | 2414 views

You never know what might open a new door for you.

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About the mentor

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Natalie Kelly

City Of Hope

Natalie Kelly, Ph.D., ABPP-CN is associate clinical professor of psychology and a clinical neuropsychologist in the Department of Supportive Care Medicine at City of Hope’s main campus in Duarte, California.

Dr. Kelly completed her bachelor of science degree in Child Development at Vanderbilt University and then went on to earn a master of science and then doctorate of philosophy degree from Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI), in the field of Clinical Rehabilitation Psychology. She was a psychology intern at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, then pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 

Dr. Kelly conducts neuropsychological assessments for patients experiencing cognitive (ex., learning, attention, memory) difficulty at City of Hope. Dr. Kelly is also the director of the Neuropsychology Clerkship and trains local doctoral-level psychology students in conducting neuropsychological evaluations. Her research interests include understanding cognitive concerns in the adolescent and young adult population across cancer diagnosis groups.