Dr. Deborah Pontillo is a pediatric psychologist who specializes in child development, behavior, and learning. She is Owner/Director of San Diego Kids First, a pediatric psychology practice that offers diagnostic evaluations/assessments, parent consultations, therapy, and treatment/educational planning for the following concerns: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, anxiety, anger-management, and other learning , social, or behavioral challenges. Dr. Pontillo also offers online courses for parents and teachers of children with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has over 20 years of education, training, and experience in her areas of expertise. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She went on to earn her Master’s and Doctorate in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, rated one of the top Clinical Psychology training programs in the U.S. She completed her internship in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. This was followed by a specialized pediatric post-doctoral training program in at Rady Children’s Hospital. Dr. Pontillo worked as a staff pediatric psychologist at the Developmental Evaluation Clinic at Rady Children’s Hospital prior to opening San Diego Kids First in 2005. In addition to her clinical practice at San Diego Kids First, Dr. Pontillo holds a position as Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine. For more information visit her website at : www.sdkidsfirst.com
Deborah Pontillo Ph.D.
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