Neuropsychology Clinic

The Stanford Neuropsychology Clinic is the largest clinical neuropsychology program in Northern California. Our neuropsychology team has more than 20 years of experience in providing comprehensive neuropsychology assessments and treatment recommendations.

Neuropsychology Clinic
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300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: 650-721-6024 Getting Here
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Our neuropsychology team has more than 20 years of experience in providing comprehensive neuropsychology assessments and treatment recommendations for the cognitive and behavioral effects of neurologic, psychiatric and other medical disorders. Short-term, long-term and lifelong care management are available for adults, both as inpatients and outpatients. In addition to providing neuropsychological evaluations to adults with a wide range of problems and diseases, Stanford neuropsychologists specialize in assessment of particular groups of patients.

Our experienced neuropsychologists, most of whom are board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, have specialized expertise in complex conditions. These conditions include concussion, head injury, memory disorders and neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, stroke, Moyamoya, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and brain tumors.

Memory disorders

Neuropsychological evaluation can help to differentiate between normal aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and dementia. Results from the evaluation can be helpful in understanding the causes of memory and related functional decline. The neuropsychologists are part of the Stanford Center for Memory Disorders faculty and work closely with the neurologists to assist with diagnostic clarification and treatment planning.

Epilepsy

Correct identification and removal of the seizure focus is critical to the success of epilepsy surgery for patients with medically intractable epilepsy. The neuropsychological evaluation is used to provide independent measures of brain function to determine concordance with other pre-surgical neurodiagnostic findings (EEG, MRI, MEG, and PET) for isolating the seizure focus. The neuropsychological evaluation is also used to determine level of performance for issues surrounding post-operative outcome, emotional adjustment, and return to work and school. The neuropsychologists work directly with the Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center for each individual patient.

Movement disorders

Patients who are candidates for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery undergo neuropsychological evaluation to help determine their candidacy for surgery. The neuropsychologists are part of the Stanford Movement Disorders Center team and consult directly with the other neurology and neurosurgical faculty. Neuropsychological evaluation helps to predict post-surgical cognitive and behavioral outcome, identify cognitive and behavioral deficits that can be present in movement disorders, and track the cognitive and emotional effects of medical and surgical treatments longitudinally.

Traumatic brain injury/concussion

Both mild and more severe traumatic brain injuries can affect mental abilities, behavior, and emotions. Depression is a common reaction to brain injury. We perform neuropsychological assessments to evaluate the effects of trauma to the brain. We document level of recovery to assist with treatment planning, and to determine readiness to return to work and other life activities. In addition to providing services to the community at large, we conduct neuropsychological evaluations for patients with sports-related concussions including members of the San Francisco 49ers, Stanford Cardinal football team, and other Stanford sports teams.

Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis can affect cognition, behavior, and mood. Neuropsychological assessment is provided to help identify and characterize an individual's cognitive strengths and weaknesses. The evaluation contributes to treatment planning, and patient and family goal setting. Repeated assessments can be done to evaluate changes in mental functioning over time. The neuropsychologists provide services as a member of the Stanford Multiple Sclerosis Center.

Stroke

Patients who have suffered a stroke or cerebrovascular event undergo neuropsychological evaluations to establish a level of overall function and to help guide recommendations for neurocognitive rehabilitation, vocational adjustments, and social-emotional support as needed. A subset of patients, those with Moyamoya disease, are seen in conjunction with the Stanford Neurosurgery Department. These patients undergo a presurgical cognitive evaluation to establish a baseline prior to surgical treatment. They are also usually re-evaluated as part of post-surgical follow-up.

For Patients

Please discuss your concerns with your health care practitioner. A referral directly from your health care practitioner can facilitate the referral process, including authorization for health care insurance coverage.

If you have had prior neuropsychological, psychological, or educational testing, please arrange to have those records sent to us for review prior to your appointment.

 

Call us to make an appointment

650-721-6024

For Health Care Professionals

PHYSICIAN HELPLINE

Phone: 1-866-742-4811 
Fax: 650-320-9443
Monday – Friday,  8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

TRANSFER CENTER

Phone: 1-800-800-1551,  24 hours - 7 days a week

Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics) provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.

HOW TO REFER

Outside providers, please call 650-721-6024 or fax a referral form to 650-498-7868.

STANFORD PROVIDERS

Stanford providers should place an order via EPIC for Neuropsychology (Ref 107). The referring clinic will need to obtain insurance authorization through COAR (SHC Centralized Outpatient Authorization & Referrals) or their departmental referral coordinator, but we can provide information and support.

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