Vickie has been working with CSD since 2016. She previously worked on various Autism research studies conducted by Kaiser Permanente. She coordinated the Study for Early Development (SEED) and the Environmental Exposures and Autism Study at the San Jose Autism Spectrum Disorder Center.
Director of Neuropsychology
Dr. Elsie Mak is the Director of Neuropsychology and a neuropsychologist at Best Steps. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University, with a focus on neuropsychology. She completed her neuropsychology practicums at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System and Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, pre-doctoral neuropsychology internship at Cincinnati VA Medical Center, and postdoctoral neuropsychology residency at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco. Following licensure, she worked at the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Autism Spectrum Disorder Center, conducting Autism and other psychological and cognitive evaluations for children and adolescents. She was also a supervising psychologist at Kaiser Permanente San Jose ASD Center. Dr. Mak previously worked at Center for Social Dynamics, Children’s Health Council, Pacific Coast Psychology Group, Stanford Math Project, San Andreas Regional Center, Gifted Support Center, and Richmond Area Multi-Service. Dr. Mak also has a private practice at Saratoga, California, providing neuropsychological evaluations, psychotherapy, and consultations for adults and children. Dr. Mak has a M.S. degree in Computer Science and a B.A. degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, and she was previously a software engineer before pursuing her passion for neuropsychology.
Lacy Ryburn is a native Californian who was born and raised in Danville, California. She studied psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She went on to get her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Argosy University in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a breadth of experience providing therapeutic services to children and families from diverse backgrounds and with various mental health, behavioral, and developmental challenges including children with autism spectrum disorder.