Dr. Rachna Varia co-founded MindWell in 2004 and specializes in neuropsychological testing. Dr. Varia has been a licensed clinical psychologist for over 20 years. After becoming a parent, she saw a need to create a professional clinic in a warm, family friendly setting that understood the needs of parents and children. Dr. Varia trademarked MindWell ® in 2009.
EDUCATION: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA with Highest Honors and Distinction in Psychology, 1993, University of Virginia, M.Ed, 1994 and University of Virginia, PhD in Clinical Psychology, 1998.
INTERNSHIP: Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, associated with Stanford University.
POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP AND EXPERIENCES: University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX; Department of Psychiatry; Assessment Supervisor, City of Alexandria Mental Health Center; Brain Injury Rehab Clinic: Austin, TX; Private Practice since 2002; Virginia Expert Witness.
CREDENTIALS: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Forensic Evaluator, Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
SERVICES PROVIDED: Psychoeducational Testing, Neuropsychological Testing, Emotional Testing, Admissions Testing; Children – Adult
MEMBERSHIP: International Dyslexia Association (Former Board member), Dyslexia Advantage, LearningAlly certified provider, Northern Virginia Society of Clinical Psychologists, Virginia Psychological Association, Virginia Dyslexia Association, Board Member at Auburn School, and the American Psychological Association.
- Learning Disabilities
- Critical Thinking
- Promoting Grit
- Parenting Skills
Dr. Varia enjoys conducting learning disability (psychoeducational/neuropsychological) testing and has an expertise with diagnosing reading disorders, particularly the different subtypes of dyslexia. Her understanding of dyslexia is extremely thorough and individualized. She feels passionately about uncovering dyslexia at an early age to promote the correct interventions. She works hard at understanding and explaining in plain language the interaction between behavioral, educational, and emotional findings to best inform both home and school recommendations. She also works with families in teaching the concept of grit, critical thinking, and self motivation. Dr. Varia will work with your family in a very personalized way that is warm, precise, and approachable.
Dr. Varia is married and has two teenage daughters (ages 16 and 13). She is a Board member of the local chapter of the National Charity League (NCL) and enjoys the mother-daughter philanthropic work NCL promotes. She also enjoys traveling, reading good books, listening to podcasts, and practicing vinyasa flow yoga when not driving her kids around Northern Virginia and thinking about how to better balance work and family!
Contact MindWell today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Varia.
YouTube Dyslexia Tutorial created by Dr. Varia: