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The Stanford Neuropsychology Clinic is the largest clinical neuropsychology program in Northern California. Our team has been providing comprehensive neuropsychology assessments and treatment recommendations for more than 30 years.
Our neuropsychology clinic has over 30 years of experience in providing comprehensive neuropsychology assessments and treatment recommendations for the cognitive and behavioral effects of neurologic, psychiatric and other medical disorders. Our experienced neuropsychologists, most of whom are board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, have specialized expertise in a wide range of complex conditions. These include traumatic brain injury, memory disorders and neurodegenerative disorders, like Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, stroke, Moyamoya disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, cancer, and brain tumors.
Neuropsychological evaluation can help 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. Our neuropsychologists in the Stanford Center for Memory Disorders work closely with neurologists to assist with diagnosis clarification and treatment planning.
Correct identification and removal of the seizure source is critical to the success of epilepsy surgery for individuals with intractable epilepsy. The neuropsychological evaluation is used to provide measures of brain function to determine concordance with other pre-surgery neurodiagnostic findings through imaging tests like EEG, MRI, MEG, and PET that help identify the seizure focus.
The neuropsychological evaluation is also used to determine post-surgery outcome, emotional adjustment, and return to work and school. Our neuropsychologists are a part of the Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.
Neuropsychological evaluation helps predict post-surgery cognitive and behavioral outcome, identify cognitive and behavioral deficits that can be present in movement disorders, and track the long-term cognitive and emotional effects of medical and surgical treatments.
Traumatic brain injury/concussion
Both mild and more severe traumatic brain injuries can affect mental abilities, behavior, and emotions. Our neuropsychologists perform assessments to evaluate the cognitive and psychological 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, our neuropsychologists conduct 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 can affect cognition, behavior, and mood. Neuropsychological assessment helps 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. Our neuropsychologists are members of the Stanford Multiple Sclerosis Center.
Patients who have suffered a stroke or cerebrovascular event undergo neuropsychological evaluations to establish a level of overall function, which helps guide recommendations for neurocognitive rehabilitation, vocational adjustments, and social-emotional support, as needed. A subset of patients, those with Moyamoya disease, are also evaluated. These individuals undergo a pre-surgery cognitive evaluation to establish a baseline prior to surgical treatment. They are also usually re-evaluated as part of post-surgery follow-up.
Susan Harvell's memory lapses signaled early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Getting a clear diagnosis at Stanford has allowed her to plan her future with her family.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.
For your convenience, you may check in for all same-day appointments at the Stanford Neuroscience Health Center through a centralized, check-in desk near the front lobby. In addition to all outpatient services, you also can access onsite pre-surgery consultations at the center.
The best place to start if you have concerns about your memory or cognition is with your doctor. A referral directly from your medical provider can help facilitate the scheduling process, including authorization for health care insurance coverage.
Stanford Health Care 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
Please make sure your patient understands why you are referring them for neuropsychological testing. We conduct one-time, diagnosis-focused evaluations to objectively measure cognitive and psychiatric functioning. We do not provide medical care, medication management, or ongoing treatment.
Please make your referral question as specific as possible so that we can answer the question as best as possible and provide relevant information and recommendations. If you would like to provide additional information pertaining to the referral or would like to ask about the appropriateness of the referral, please call 650-723-7181.
We do our best to complete the evaluations in a timely manner (the report is usually sent out within a week after the patient is seen for an evaluation). However, if the report or verbal feedback is needed sooner, please let us know.
Please be sure to provide us with your contact information and the best method for sending you the completed report.
Please be aware that we perform neuropsychological evaluations for clinical purposes. We do not do any forensic or legal evaluations, such as for worker's compensation and formal capacity evaluations.
Outside providers, please call 650-723-7181.
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.