Tara Victor

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychology


(310) 243-3467





FellowshipHarbor-UCLA Medical Center
Clinical Neuropsychology Post Doctoral Fellowship (APA accredited)
Ph.D.Michigan State University
Clinical Psychology
Internship: VA West Los Angeles (APA accredited)
M.A.Michigan State University
Clinical Psychology
B.A.University of Kentucky

Over the past 10+ years, Dr. Victor’s research has focused on the detection of performance and symptom invalidity, populations vulnerable to false positive error (e.g., individuals with low IQ, dementia, other bonafide disability), as well as ethnocultural bias in neuropsychological assessment.  Current interests also include the neurophysiology of trauma and dissociation and trauma-induced psychological disorder.  Other areas of research include: the utility of mindful awareness practices in educational settings and organizational development.

To learn more about her Brain and Behavior Laboratory or to apply to become a research assistant in the lab, please fill out an application.

Dr. Victor is also interested in developing and evaluting high impact co-curricular educational practices designed to promote student engagement and well-being, preparing them for life after graduation. The annual Leadership and Creative Expression group relations conference is one such practice. 

To learn more about the annual Leadership and Creative Expression group relations conference, please visit the conference website, http://www.csudh.edu/group-relations.


Victor, T.L. & Abeles, N. (2004). Coaching clients to take psychological and neuropsychological tests: A clash of ethical obligations.  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 35, 373-379.       

 T.& Boone, K.B. (2007).  Assessing Effort in a Mentally Retarded Population.  In K.B. Boone (Ed.), Assessment of Feigned Cognitive Impairment:  A Neuropsychological Perspective.  New York: Guilford Publications, Inc.

Boone, K., Victor, T.L., Wen, J., Razani, J. & Ponton, M.  (2007).  The association between neuropsychological scores and ethnicity, language and acculturation variables in a large patient population.  Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 22, 355-365.

Dean, A. C., Boone, K. B., Kim, M. S., Curiel, A. R., Martin, D. J., Victor, T. L., Zeller, M. A., & Lang, Y. K.  (2008). Examination of the impact of ethnicity on the MMPI-2 Fake Bad Scale. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 22, 1054-1060.

Victor, T.L., Boone, K., Serpa, G., Beuhler, J. & Ziegler, E.A.  (2009).  Interpreting the meaning of multiple effort test failure.  The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 23, 297-313. (chosen by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology as a Continuing Education piece)

Victor, T.L., Kulick, A.D. & Boone, K.B.  (2013).  Assessing noncredible attention, processing speed, language and visuospatial/perceptual function in mild traumatic brain injury cases.  In D.A. Carone & S.S. Bush (Eds.), Mild Traumatic Brain Injury:  Symptom Validity Assessment and Malingering.  New York:  Springer Publishing Company.

Victor, T.L., Boone, K.B. & Kulick, A.D.  (2013).  Assessing noncredible sensory, motor, and executive function, and test battery performance in mild traumatic brain injury cases. In D.A. Carone & S.S. Bush (Eds.), Mild Traumatic Brain Injury:  Symptom Validity Assessment and Malingering.  New York:  Springer Publishing Company.

Smith, K. Boone, K.B., Victor, T.L., Miora, D., Cottingham, M., Zeigler, E.A., Zeller M. & Wright, M.  (2014).  Comparison of credible patients of very low intelligence and non-credible patients on neurocognitive performance validity indicators.  The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 28, 1048 - 1070.

Cottingham, M., Victor, T.L., Boone, K.B., Ziegler, E & Zeller, M.  (2014). Apparent effect of type of compensation seeking (disability versus litigation) on performance validity test scores may be due to other factors.  The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 28, 1030 - 1047.

Victor, T.L. & Van Dyk, K. (2017). The Role of Trauma in Medically Unexplained Symptoms.  In K. B. Boone (Ed.) Neuropsychology Evaluation of Medically Unexplained Symptoms: Assessment Primer.  Taylor & Francis.  

Yamada, K. & Victor, T.L. (2012).  The impact of mindful awareness practices on college student health, well-being, and capacity for learning: A pilot study.  Psychology of Learning and Teaching, 11, 139 – 145.


PSY 101: General Studies Psychology (traditional, televised and online)
PSY 342: Interpersonal and Group Dynamics
PSY 363: Abnormal Psychology
PSY 495: Special Topics in Media Psychology
PSY 563: Seminar in Psychopathology
PSY 564: Advanced Psychotherapeutic Techniques
PSY 585: Neuropsychology
PSY 565: Psychology of Clinical Groups
PSY 571: Practicum in Clinical-Community Psychology