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Crys Rivers, Ph.D., J.D.

As a clinical neuropsychologist licensed in Iowa, I provide evaluations for patients (age 9 through geriatric) with known or suspected neurodevelopmental conditions, neurocognitive disease, and traumatic brain injury, as well as complex medical disorders, chronic medical conditions, and various psychiatric disorders.  I focus on providing a culturally fair and valid assessment. I provide my services through teleneuropsychology as well as on-site. In general, my practice most often receives referrals for identifying problems related to medical conditions; for diagnosing constellations of symptoms with developmental delays; and for identification of neuropsychological conditions when patients have not had expected treatment response to medications.

My clinical training includes a predoctoral residency in neuropsychology at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, AZ, and internship with major rotations in neuropsychology, Geropsychology, and pain psychology at VA Central Iowa Health Care Systems in Des Moines, IA.  I received two years of specialized training in psychovocational assessment of individuals with low vision, TBI, or serious mental illness with Arizona State University Clinical Psychology Center in Phoenix, AZ and Arizona Department of Economic Security, Rehabilitation Services Administration in Phoenix, AZ. My post-doctoral experience includes psychological evaluations for residential rehabilitation and treatment Veterans at VA Central Iowa Health Care Systems in Des Moines, IA. 

I earned a PhD from Arizona State University’s Clinical Psychology program in Tempe, AZ. I also hold a law degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and wrote for two health law journals. My research interests and publications include various areas of lifespan mental health, such as resilience-based interventions for PTSD (Kent et al, 2015), the effects of chronic pain on affect/ mood (Davis et al, 2018), cognitive shift (Rivers, 2014; Rivers, 2018), and the effects of early trauma on daily event reactivity (Infurna et al, 2015).