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Regilda Romero

Assistant professor




  • B.S., Psychology, Emphasis on Human Service, Assumption College, Makati, Philippines, 1999
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University - Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, CA, 2008
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University - Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, CA, 2005


Dr. Regilda “Rea” Romero was born and raised in the Philippines. In 1999, she moved to California and worked at the Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA providing behavior therapy to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). While being employed at UCLA, Dr. Romero volunteered as a research assistant at the Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Clinic as well as coached at Special Olympics. In 2002, she moved to the San Francisco area to attend graduate school at Palo Alto University where she pursued the Child Assessment Track and the Neuropsychology Certificate program. As a graduate student, she worked at the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit - Palo Alto Veterans Affairs and Depression Research Clinic - Stanford University as a clinical research assistant providing neuropsychological assessment to adults. In July 2008, she completed her pediatric neuropsychology internship at Virginia Beach Cities Public School, which is an APA-accredited site. In August 2010, she completed her two-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology (in accordance with Houston Conference Guidelines) in the Division of Pediatric Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota Medical Center/Amplatz Children’s Hospital (UMN), where she provided neuropsychological diagnostic and assessment services for infants to young adults with developmental delays, complex learning and/or behavioral disorders (i.e., medical, neurological, and neuropsychiatric in etiology). Additionally, she completed a 6-month evaluation rotation at UMN’s Autism Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinic. Clinically, she has 4 years of experience providing individual and group psychotherapy to multicultural population of adults and children with different diagnoses at various settings. In terms of research, her interest is in neurodevelopmental disorders and neuropsychology of poverty. She is currently involved in two projects at UMN’s Center for Neurobehavioral Center (CNBD). Her research at CNBD focuses on neurodevelopmental effects of medical conditions and environmental factors (e.g., low SES). She presented her work on the neurodevelopmental effects of Human Immunodefiency Virus (HIV) on preschool-aged Ugandan children at an international conference as well as at the Fourth Annual Pediatric Research, Education and Scholarship Symposium (PRESS) at UMN Medical Center, where she received the award for outstanding research by a postdoctoral student. She recently presented her other research on developing a longitudinal protocol for neurodevelopmental assessments in children under 5 in developing countries at the National Academy of Neuropsychology 31st Annual Conference in Florida. She is currently preparing both manuscripts for publications.


  • Pediatric neuropsychology
  • Neurodevelopmental disabilities
  • Cross-cultural research
  • Special education and transitional services

Selected Publications

  • Romero, R. A. (2008) Pattern of Performance Analysis on the Serial Digit Learning Test in Psychiatric and Cognitive Disordered Patients in the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs HealthCare System. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, PGSP, Redwood City, CA
  • Romero, R.A., Moses, J.A., Kumbhani, S., Hutson, L., Pastrana F., Wurst, L. (2007) Age and Education Level Factorial Relationships to the Serial Digit Learning Test. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 22, 7. Paper presented at the National Academy of Neuropsychology Annual Conference, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Romero, R.A., Moses, J.A., Wager, J., Kumbhani, S., Wurst, L., Pastrana, F., Hutson, L., Chester, S., (2008) Attentional and Memorial Components of the Serial Digit Learning Test. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 22, 4. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
  • Romero, R.A., Boivin, M., Wong, J., Bangirana, P., Shapiro, E. (2010) The effects of HIV on attention, memory, and cognition of Ugandan preschool-aged children. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 16 (S1), 26. Paper presented at the International Neuropsychological Society Annual Conference, Acapulco, Mexico


  • American Psychological Association
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • International Neuropsychology Society
  • Center for Neurobehavioral Development, University of Minnesota


  • Romero, R. A. (2005) Understanding Autism in the Philippines. Poster presented at the Pacific Research Society, Redwood City, CA
  • Dierst-Davies, C., Moses, J.A, Jr., Romero, R. A., Sporri, L. (2006) Executive Function of Adolescents with Asperger’s Disorder. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • Arzola, G.M, Romero, R.A., Gomez, R.G., Zizak, V., Jahn, E., Keller, J., & Schatzberg, A. (2007) Suicidal Ideation and its Relation to Neuropsychological Factors. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • Jahn, E., Gomez, R.G., Romero, R.A., Arzola, G.M., Zizak, V., Keller, J., & Schatzberg, A. (2007) Symptomatic Differences between Psychotic Major Depression and Schizoaffective Disorder on Psychiatric Rating Scales. Poster presented at the Pacific Research Society, Redwood City, CA
  • Hatt, C., Kwon, K., Romero, R.A., Scott, B. (2008,) Cognitive Profiles and Achievement Prediction for Students with Learning Disabilities. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA

Selected Lectures

  • Romero, R., (2003, March) Applied Behavior Analysis in the Classrooms. Staff training at Creative Learning Center, Mountain View, CA
  • Romero, R., (2003, November) Social Skills Intervention for Special Children. Guest lecture at Psychological Society of Assumption, Assumption College, Philippines
  • Romero, R., (2006, June) What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? Psychology training seminar at St. Mary’s Project School Care, San Francisco, CA.
  • Romero, R., (2010, March) Autism: What’s new in the field? Panel speaker at Minnesota Occupational Therapy Association - Pediatric Special Interest Group, St. Catherine’s University, St. Paul, MN
  • Romero, R., (2010, May) Transition to Adulthood Services for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Guest lecture presented for the Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology didactics seminar at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN