Dr. Sumana Kaipa is a Clinical Neuropsychologist (CA PSY 23250) who earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkeley and her doctoral degree in psychology (PsyD) at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the APA accredited Kaiser Permanente in Fresno, California, and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco. Since 2004, she has provided psychotherapy and assessment services to school-aged children, adolescents, and adults. Common assessments have included questions about decision-making capacity, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, attention deficit disorder, depression, anxiety, trauma, OCD, learning disabilities, and other cognitive and psychological disorders.
In her current private practice, she works across the developmental spectrum, providing a broad range of psychological and neuropsychological assessment services—from working with adults and elders suffering from complex medical issues to children and adolescents requiring evaluations of developmental or learning difficulties to assessing individuals with trauma seeking asylum in the United States. Dr. Kaipa is also part of the Clinical Faculty at the Wright Institute, where she trains and supervises students in psychological and neuropsychological assessment through the Integrated Health Psychology Training Program (in West Contra Costa County) and at the Wright Institute Assessment Services clinic in Berkeley.
Dr. Kaipa believes that comprehensive evaluations shouldn’t just focus on challenges but should capture the whole person, including strengths, values, important aspects culture and identity, and family supports. Seeing individuals in this way helps bolster the individual’s natural talents and boost self-efficacy throughout life.