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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.
The evaluation involves clinical interviews with you and a family member or close friend, when possible, to understand your history and how cognitive and emotional changes have affected your life and daily functioning. The interview can take up to an hour. You will then complete neuropsychological testing with either the neuropsychologist and/or a trained psychometrist. You will be tested alone in a quiet room. Family members or friends will be asked to wait in the waiting room and may be asked to complete additional questionnaires.
Neuropsychological testing involves:
A non-invasive process using a variety of written and verbal tasks that are completed while seated at a table. These tests can be paper-and-pencil and/or computerized.
The testing is performed by a neuropsychologist and a trained psychometrist.
The total time of the evaluation depends on the reason why you were referred for testing. The testing is usually completed in one visit and the time for the evaluation usually ranges from 3-7 hours.
If English is not your first and/or primary language, an interpreter may be present to assist with the evaluation. Family members cannot be used as interpreters.
What and who should I bring with me to my appointment?
You will be emailed or mailed forms prior to your appointment, which can include, but are not limited to a Neuropsychology Questionnaire and a Relative Assessment Form.
Please bring these completed forms with you on the day of your appointment. Incomplete forms may lengthen the time of the interview and increase the cost of the evaluation. Other relevant medical records may also be requested, such as prior doctors' notes. 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.
We also ask that you bring a family member or friend to the appointment to provide additional information about your daily functioning. This individual should plan on being available at the start of the appointment to meet with the neuropsychologist, but does not need to be here for the duration of the appointment, unless you require their assistance.
How long does the evaluation last?
A typical evaluation can last between 3-7 hours and is usually completed within one testing session. We may take a lunch break and other breaks as needed throughout the day. Please plan your schedule accordingly; we ask that you do not schedule other appointments on this day unless discussed ahead of time with the scheduler.
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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 650-723-5462.
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 or fax a referral form to 650-498-7868.
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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