Dr. Eva Svoboda
Director, Founding Psychologist
Dr. Eva Svoboda is a founding psychologist of and director at Toronto Brain Health. She has significant experience assessing and treating individuals with persistent symptoms following concussion (e.g., headaches, low stress tolerance, anxiety, irritability, low mood, noise/light sensitivity, etc.), chronic pain or unexplained symptoms, adjusting to chronic illness or injury, and providing rehabilitation to those with acquired brain injury. She works with individuals challenged by anxiety, stress, insomnia, depression, OCD, trauma, or who would like to work on assertiveness, healthy boundaries and personal development. Her approach is eclectic (drawing on various evidence-based approaches), empathic and client centered. What she finds most rewarding in her work is accompanying individuals on their journey of overcoming barriers or adversity to reach their full potential.
Dr. Svoboda obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Toronto and the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences, specializing in clinical neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. She was awarded national scholarships for her masters and doctoral work in the areas of memory, aging, brain injury, and neuroimaging from Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). Her pre-doctoral clinical internship was completed at Baycrest in clinical psychology (depression, anxiety), neuropsychology and cognitive rehabilitation. She completed further post-doctoral clinical training in these areas and also in rehabilitation psychology.
Dr. Svoboda is an invited speaker and educator on the topics of concussion and brain injury rehabilitation at conferences, insurance companies, legal firms, teaching hospitals and universities. She has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed research publications, she is the co-author of a book on memory intervention (The Memory Link Handbook: A memory intervention method for acquired brain injury), and has been interviewed by TIME magazine, Popular Mechanics, Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Zoomer Radio, everything zoomer and others. She tweets on innovation, psychology and brain health @EvaSvoboda.
Outside of Toronto Brain Health, Dr. Svoboda has held several other positions including neuropsychologist and director of a memory rehabilitation program for individuals with brain injury at Baycrest (2008-2017). In this role she provided neuropsychological and psychological assessment, cognitive rehabilitation and psychological therapy, conducted clinical research, supervised doctoral students and psychologists in supervised practice and created innovative rehabilitation applications for patients. She has worked in private practice offering psychological assessments and therapy for a broad range of conditions. Between 2008 – 2015 she provided consultation, assessment and psychological therapy services to West Park Healthcare Centre in neuropsychology, clinical psychology and rehabilitation psychology. She has also completed training and provided clinical services at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. She was a long-standing course instructor in Neuropsychological Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto, and adjunct faculty member in Psychology Graduate Studies at York University.
Dr. Svoboda is a registered psychologist and member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She is also a member of the Ontario Psychological Association. Her practice areas are in clinical neuropsychology, clinical psychology, and rehabilitation psychology across all adult ages (18-90+). Dr. Svoboda has certification in medicolegal expertise, CMLE (ON) and in the assessment for Catastrophic Impairment – Mental Behavioural, C-CAT (MB), through the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators / Canadian Academy of Psychologists in Disability Assessment (CSME-CAPDA).