UNM Health’s Center for Neuropsychological Services provides comprehensive outpatient and inpatient neuropsychological evaluation and consultation services for children, adolescents and adults. Our goal is to provide these personalized evaluations in a timely manner to effect positive outcomes for our patients and their families.
Our clinic remains an integral part of UNM Health’s epilepsy surgery program by providing pre- and post-surgical evaluation as well as Wada (sodium amytal) testing. We also offer consultations for the Transdisciplinary Evaluation and Support Clinic and the Special Needs Clinic in the Department of Family Practice, as well as for the Young Enduring Survivors Clinic in the Pediatric Oncology Department.
What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
It involves testing that is sensitive to problems in brain functionality. It examines how well the brain works when it performs certain functions (such as remembering). The types of tests in each evaluation will depend on the specific questions you and your physician have. They assess some or all of the following areas:
- Attention and memory
- Reasoning and problem solving
- Visual-spatial functions
- Language functions
- Sensory-perceptual functions
- Motor functions
- Academic skills
- Emotional functioning
The tests are non-invasive and most will involve simple questions and answers or working with materials on a table.
How Does an Evaluation Help?
These evaluations are essential to properly manage complex psychiatric conditions in addition to various chronic medical and neurological conditions. An evaluation may help in:
- Finding possible problems with brain functionality.
- Forming a proper diagnosis.
- Defining your thinking skill strengths and weaknesses.
- Guiding treatment for your personal, educational or vocational needs.
- Making relevant recommendations to your health care provider(s).
- Documenting possible changes in your brain functionality over time.
What is a Neuropsychologist?
Neuropsychologists are licensed psychologists who have a doctoral degree in psychology but focus in the area of brain-behavior relationships. They have specialized training in administering and interpreting the results of neuropsychological evaluations.
In addition to our seven clinical neuropsychologists, our staff also includes a clinical psychologist and a support staff of postdoctoral fellows, interns, graduate students and psychometrists.
Conditions We Treat
Below is a list of some of the conditions we treat:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Traumatic brain injury
- Mental retardation
- Cerebral palsy
- Spina bifida
- Developmental learning disorders
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Autistic spectrum disorders (autism, Asperger’s, etc.)
All potential patients must be referred by their primary care physician or other medical specialist in order to access our services.
Your physician must download and complete the appropriate referral form and fax it, along with your medical records and insurance information, to our office at 505-272-8316.
Once we have received your complete information, your request will be reviewed by one of our doctors. If the request is accepted, we will schedule the appointment and contact you to notify of the date and time. Due to the high demand for our services, appointments are usually scheduled months ahead of time.
We also ask that you fill out the appropriate history questionnaire and bring the completed form with you to your appointment.