Dr. Vilija Petrauskas
Associate, Registered Psychologist
Dr. Petrauskas earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Windsor. She completed her residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and completed an APPCN accredited postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the Henry Ford Health System. While her training has included working with individuals across the lifespan in a variety of settings, Dr. Petrauskas’ main passion and current focus is on working with children and adolescents. Dr. Petrauskas strives to provide a warm and caring environment and to work collaboratively with her clients and their families to best meet their individual needs.
Dr. Petrauskas sees children and adolescents primarily in an assessment context. She provides neuropsychological assessments to individuals with neurological conditions, brain injuries, medical problems (e.g., seizures, chemotherapy/radiotherapy treatment), or other conditions known to affect brain development. A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment can help to clarify the processes underlying a child’s difficulties, which in turn may lead to a better understanding of individuals’ strengths and weaknesses, assist in determining appropriate diagnosis, and documenting changes over time.
Dr. Petrauskas also provides psychoeducational assessments to children and adolescents experiencing difficulties at school to evaluate for learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, developmental disabilities, or other problems. This type of evaluation is often useful when a student is experiencing academic difficulties and one wishes to know why and how best to help. These types of assessments can also evaluate for gifted status. The results of a neuropsychological or psychoeducational assessment often lead to a better understanding of the individual, and help to guide treatment planning and appropriate recommendations and accommodations for school and other areas of life.
In addition to her work at Cornerstone, Dr. Petrauskas is a staff Psychologist in the Neuropsychology service at BC Children’s Hospital. In that role, Dr. Petrauskas works with a variety of medical professionals to provide comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for children referred within the hospital. She is registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (Registration #2375). She is also a member of several professional organizations including the BC Psychological Association, International Neuropsychological Society, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology.