Shannel Kassis Elhelou, PsyD, is a geropsychology and neuropsychology post-doctoral fellow at Pacific Neuroscience Institute where she works with Dr. Karen Miller and the Lifestyle program.
Dr. Elhelou earned her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from California Lutheran University in 2023. Prior to joining PNI, Dr. Elhelou worked at the Canandaigua Veteran Affairs Medical Center in New York. During this time, she conducted comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations with adults and older adults within the Veteran inpatient and outpatient population. She has served as a consultant within multidisciplinary teams to aid in managing challenging/dementia related disruptive behaviors for patients within the long-term care setting. In addition, she independently developed and facilitated a reminiscence group for Veterans living in the community living center (CLC) to promote socialization and cognitive stimulation, as well as facilitated neurocognitive rehab groups.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Elhelou pursued specialized training in neurodegerative disorders at UCLA and Pacific Neuroscience Institute with Dr. Karen Miller and Dr. Stella Panos. Her training has included an emphasis on psychiatric disorders in late life, neuropsychological syndromes, and neuroanatomy, enhancing her expertise in evaluating and diagnosing cognitive disorders. Her theoretical orientation encompasses various evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and humanistic psychotherapies.
Dr. Elhelou is an active member of professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, and International Neuropsychological Society. She values community engagement and has dedicated her efforts to advocating for older adults, promoting their well-being and access to mental health resources. With a deep passion for older adults and a commitment to their healthy aging, Dr. Elhelou’s research interests lie in non-pharmaceutical interventions for cognitive decline, exploring lifestyle factors that contribute to cognitive health, and understanding the complexities of neurodegenerative disorders. She aspires to contribute to the field by conducting innovative research and implementing evidence-based practices that positively impact the lives of older adults.