A Chicago native, Valencia earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Neuropsychology, from Roosevelt University and completed a competitive internship at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. She completed her 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles and the Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research in July 2019.  Currently, Valencia provides neuropsychological services on the inpatient rehabilitation unit at St. Joseph Mercy Health System Ann Arbor and is Treasurer of the Michigan Psychological Association. Valencia is passionate about helping others understand the course, diagnosis, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. She believes that community engagement is a critical component of wellness and was a sought after speaker in the Los Angeles area on the subject of dementia. Additionally, she has excellent clinical and research training, having first-authored peer-reviewed articles, served as PI on several projects, and presented at numerous conferences domestically and abroad. She strives to provide culturally sensitive treatment to individuals impacted by poor access to services.