UNM Hospital’s Center for Neuropsychological Services (CNS) 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 support 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 testing. We also offer consultations for the Family Practice Transdisciplinary Evaluation and Support Clinic, the Adult Special Needs Clinic, and the Young Enduring Survivors Clinic in the Pediatric Oncology Department. As part of our interdisciplinary mission, we also provide inpatient consultations with other services throughout the UNM Health Sciences Center.
CNS recently founded a Multicultural Excellence in Neuropsychology Training and Evaluation Program (MENTE), a clinical service that strives to serve the multilinguistic population of New Mexico by using appropriate assessment measures and removing the barriers that prevent access to quality care. We provide specialized neuropsychological assessments for monolingual Spanish, bilingual, Native American, and other non-English speaking individuals.
What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation involves testing that is sensitive to problems in brain functioning. 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 clinician have. Testing evaluates some or all of the following areas:
- Attention and memory
- Intellectual functioning
- Reasoning and problem solving
- Visual-spatial functions
- Language functions
- Sensory-perceptual functions
- Motor functions
- 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 often essential to properly manage various acute or chronic medical and neurological conditions or learning problems. An evaluation may help in:
- Finding possible problems with brain functioning.
- Providing a proper diagnosis.
- Determining your cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
- Guiding treatment for your personal, educational and/or vocational needs.
- Making relevant recommendations to your health care provider(s).
- Documenting possible changes in your brain functioning over time.
What is a Neuropsychologist?
Neuropsychologists are licensed clinical psychologists, who have a doctoral degree in psychology and focus in the area of brain-behavior relationships. They have specialized training in conducting in-depth clinical interviews, administering tests, and interpreting the results of the evaluations. In addition to our fourteen clinical neuropsychologists, our staff also includes a support staff of postdoctoral fellows, interns, doctoral students and psychometrists (specially trained technicians).
Conditions We Evaluate
Below is a list of some of the conditions for which we evaluate cognitive abilities:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Traumatic brain injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Spina bifida
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders
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 and applicable medical records (if you are outside of the UNM Hospital system), the referral will be reviewed by one of our doctors. If the referral is accepted, we will contact you to schedule the appointment. Due to the high demand for our services, appointments are usually scheduled a few months ahead of time.