Dr. Silva is a bilingual (Spanish/English) licensed psychologist from Miami, Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., majoring in psychology and Spanish, and her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Health Service Psychology (Forensics) at Emory University School of Medicine.
Throughout her doctoral studies, Dr. Silva completed training in outpatient and inpatient settings, ranging from community mental health centers to forensic and psychiatric hospitals. She has formerly been employed in residential/outpatient, inpatient, and university settings, and has also been employed by the Department of Justice, developing policies and programming for vulnerable populations within the federal prison system. In her various roles, she has conducted psychological, psychoeducational, and forensic assessments, including competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and immigration evaluations, and provided individual, couples, and group therapy, primarily to adolescents and adults.
Dr. Silva’s clinical and research interests have largely focused on underserved and marginalized communities, including racial and ethnic underrepresented groups, the LGBTQ+ community, individuals involved in the criminal justice system, and survivors of trauma, specifically survivors of abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. She has presented at professional conferences and provided training on these topics. Currently, at Peachtree Psychiatric Professionals (PPP), Dr. Silva is involved in program development for the new Cognitive Center, provides therapy services, and conducts psychological and forensic assessments.
Dr. Silva’s approach to therapy can be best described as eclectic, as she combines therapeutic modalities to best fit her clients’ individual needs, mainly applying cognitive behavioral and interpersonal techniques. She prioritizes the therapeutic relationship as an instrument for change and strives to facilitate insight-building and action in her clients, viewing therapy as a collaboration. Dr. Silva is also involved in several professional organizations, including the Georgia Psychological Association (GPA), the American Psychological Association’s American Psychology – Law Society (APLS), Emory School of Medicine’s Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee (DISC) and Atlanta Behavioral Health Advocates (ABHA), and the National Latinx Psychological Association (NLPA).
In her down time, Dr. Silva enjoys spending time with her family and friends, venturing outdoors, exploring new places, and practicing self-care through dance. She is thrilled to be a part of the PPP team and to have the opportunity to serve the larger Atlanta community.