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  • Aksel Narvaez

    Aksel Narvaez

    DNP, FNP-C 

    Aksel Narvaez, DNP, FNP-C is a bilingual healthcare professional with 5 years of experience in emergency care as a registered nurse. He graduated from the University of San Diego Family Nurse Practitioner program with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) in May 2021. He currently works as a family nurse practitioner at Sun Valley Behavioral Medical Center and a Sub-Investigator for Sun Valley Research Center and continues to work as a registered nurse at a few local hospitals in Imperial County.
    As a sub-investigator, Aksel is responsible for performing all delegated investigator duties such as assisting with identifying potential participants for all studies, assisting in the informed consent process, reviewing medical history and current medications, confirming inclusion and exclusion criteria, performing physical and neurological exams, reviewing lab, EKG, MRI and PET scan results, performing infusions, and administering rater assessments and many other study-specific procedures.


    Bernardo Ng M.D.

    Principal Investigator & Rater (Board Certified Psychiatrist)

    Ernesto Tiznado, M.D.

    Board Certified Pediatric Neurologist

    Manjusha Kurada, M.D.

    Board Certified Psychiatrist

    Patricia Ogude, MSN FNP-BC, RN

    Sub-Investigator (Licensed Family Nurse Practitioner)

    Rater and Therapist
    Erike Apolinar, LMFT

    Sub-Investigator & Rater (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist)

    Judy Galindo, CCRC

    Director of Research (Certified Clinical Research Coordinator)

    Leslie Michelle Dowling

    Bilingual Clinical Research Coordinator & Phlebotomist

    Rossy Sanchez

    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Jennifer Deroma

    Marketing and Outreach Representative/Recruiter

    Adolfo Ng

    Research Assistant

    SVRC Intern
    Jessica Barrios

    SVRC Research Assistant and Bilingual Clinical Research Coordinator in Training

    Inga Avagyan

    Clinical Research Contractor