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Veronica Bordes-Edgar, PhD

Psychology

Office: Phoenix Childrens Medical Group - Psychology
Address: 1919 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016-7710
Phone: (602) 933-0414
Fax: (602) 933-0418
Professional Affiliations: International Neuropsychological Society; American Psychological Association; Division 40 Clinical Neuropsychology; Division 45 Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues; Hispanic Neuropsychological Society; The Arizona Neuropsychological Society; National Latina/o Psychological Association
Degree/Certifications: PhD
Board Certifications: Psychology
Medical School/Education: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Internship: Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School
Fellowship: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
What led you to your career as a neuro-psychologist?
I have always been interested in helping others especially children and working in the medical field. I had several friends impacted my cancer and other neurological disorders, and found the work that psychologists did was really impactful. It was not until graduate school when I became familiar with neuropsychology and brain-behavior relationships that I realized this was my calling. Additionally, I saw the need for Spanish-speaking neuropsychologists which merged my interest in Latino issues.

What is the best thing about your job?
The children and families that we work with. I also love my colleagues.

Have you received a special gift of thanks or piece of artwork from a child?
Mostly coloring pages, but occasionally they will bring me candy they purchased during their break from testing.

What is your favorite children’s book?
Currently, If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff

How do you go about calming a child’s fears? Aside from the wonderful work of the Child Life team?
I talk with them about things they enjoy. Focus on praise and encouragement.

How do you build trust with a parent?
Listening to what they say and validating that as an important piece of information, in addition to my findings. I also speak Spanish fluently and provide bilingual assessments so that our Spanish-speaking families feel very comfortable with me.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Spending time with my daughter and husband. I am also an exercise junkie and love cross fit and training/doing marathons. I also love trying out new restaurants and rarely eat at the same place twice.

What is your favorite local restaurant?
It is tough to name just one since I consider myself a foodie. That is why I rarely eat at the same place twice. So I would have to name a place that I have gone to on multiple occasions and that would be a toss-up between La Condesa and El Gallo Blanco because I just love good Mexican food.

Can you tell us about your family?
Being Latina, I come from a large, close-knit family. I have a wonderful husband and we have a 1 year old daughter named Claudia. I am hoping for 2-3 more in the near future. We also have an 8 year old Pekingese who loves to follow us around.

Where are you originally from, and how did you get here?
I am originally from Mexico City and moved to the US when I was 5 years old. We became citizens in 1996. So I understand many of the issues that some of our Latino families face with trying to learn a new language, leaving family behind, and learning a new culture. I have held strong to many of my cultural roots and values. I grew up in Houston and after leaving the University of Texas at Austin, I ended up at ASU for my PhD to focus on Latino issues. I first came to find neuropsychology as a practicum student at Phoenix Children's Hospital and returned here as a neuropsychologist after completing my training.
Research/Special Interests: Pediatric Neuropsychology; Hematology-Oncology; Epilepsy; Genetic Disorders; Autism Spectrum Disorders; CNS Disorders