EDUCATION

Graduate Degree

  • Carlos Albizu University , 2008 , Miami , FL

Internship

  • Miami Children's Hospital , 2008 , Miami , FL

Fellowship

  • Yale University School of Medicine , 2010 , New Haven , CT

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Dr. Vega is a clinician and researcher mainly in the area of pediatric epilepsy, specifically studying the cognitive, behavioral and affective comorbidities in epilepsy syndromes, as well as outcomes of neurosurgery for treatment of refractory epilepsy. As a bilingual Spanish-English practitioner from Cuban immigrant parents, Dr. Vega’s areas of interest also include research and provision of services with ethnic minority populations in the U.S. and abroad, as well as patient advocacy for underserved populations as a member of several national organizations. He lectures on topics such as brain development, neuropsychology of pediatric epilepsy, and assessment of bilingual children.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Professional Psychology

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Vega C, Sánchez Fernández I, Peters J, Thome-Souza MS, Jackson M, Takeoka M, Wilkening GN, Pearl PL, Chapman K, Loddenkemper T. Response to clobazam in continuous spike-wave during sleep. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2018 03; 60(3):283-289. View abstract
  2. Vega C, Brenner LA, Madsen J, Bourgeois B, Waber DP, Boyer K. Lexical retrieval pre- and posttemporal lobe epilepsy surgery in a pediatric sample. Epilepsy Behav. 2015 Jan; 42:61-5. View abstract
  3. Suarez RO, Taimouri V, Boyer K, Vega C, Rotenberg A, Madsen JR, Loddenkemper T, Duffy FH, Prabhu SP, Warfield SK. Passive fMRI mapping of language function for pediatric epilepsy surgical planning: validation using Wada, ECS, and FMAER. Epilepsy Res. 2014 Dec; 108(10):1874-88. View abstract
  4. Peters JM, Taquet M, Vega C, Jeste SS, Fernández IS, Tan J, Nelson CA, Sahin M, Warfield SK. Brain functional networks in syndromic and non-syndromic autism: a graph theoretical study of EEG connectivity. BMC Med. 2013 Feb 27; 11:54. View abstract
  5. Vega C, Guo J, Killory B, Danielson N, Vestal M, Berman R, Martin L, Gonzalez JL, Blumenfeld H, Spann MN. Symptoms of anxiety and depression in childhood absence epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2011 Aug; 52(8):e70-4. View abstract
  6. Killory BD, Bai X, Negishi M, Vega C, Spann MN, Vestal M, Guo J, Berman R, Danielson N, Trejo J, Shisler D, Novotny EJ, Constable RT, Blumenfeld H. Impaired attention and network connectivity in childhood absence epilepsy. Neuroimage. 2011 Jun 15; 56(4):2209-17. View abstract
  7. Vega C, Fernandez M. Errors on the WCST correlate with language proficiency scores in Spanish-English bilingual children. Arch Clin Neuropsychol. 2011 Mar; 26(2):158-64. View abstract
  8. Vega C, Vestal M, DeSalvo M, Berman R, Chung M, Blumenfeld H, Spann MN. Differentiation of attention-related problems in childhood absence epilepsy. Epilepsy Behav. 2010 Sep; 19(1):82-5. View abstract
  9. Bai X, Vestal M, Berman R, Negishi M, Spann M, Vega C, Desalvo M, Novotny EJ, Constable RT, Blumenfeld H. Dynamic time course of typical childhood absence seizures: EEG, behavior, and functional magnetic resonance imaging. J Neurosci. 2010 Apr 28; 30(17):5884-93. View abstract