Dr. Deborah Smilovitz Foster
Board Certified Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist
Dr. Deborah Smilovitz Foster, specializes in neuropsychology with a sub-specialty in children, trauma and balance. These areas of expertise have provided a strong foundation about how physiological, neurological, and psychological processes interact. Dr. Foster has studied and worked with children for over 30 years, first as as a nurse and then as an elementary school teacher. Her clinical training includes working with gang members, teenage mothers, domestic violence and anger management individuals and groups, domestic violence shelters, women's groups, Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug & Mental Health as a certified member of the crisis team (certified to 5150), assessment team and working with children and families. Her research took place for 3 years at the internationally acclaimed Reiss-Davis Child Study Center-Louis B. Mayer Treatment Center. This is part of a group of child study centers that includes the Yale and Harvard Child Study Centers.