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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.
What Is the Purpose of a Neuropsychology Assessment?
The major purposes of a neuropsychology assessment are to assist with questions about:
Integrity of cognitive functions The evaluation is helpful to determine the presence, nature, and severity of cognitive dysfunction. We provide a baseline to monitor future changes in cognitive abilities, mood and personality, including treatment effects.
Differential diagnosis – to confirm or clarify a diagnosis Regarding differential diagnosis, we help evaluate neurological and psychiatric disorders. One unique contribution of the neuropsychological assessment is the detection and evaluation of cerebral dysfunction in the absence of clear anatomical evidence of alterations. We also identify psychological factors such as depression that contribute to cognitive dysfunction.
Treatment planning We provide treatment recommendations for cognitive disorders and psychological adjustment, including a profile of strengths and weaknesses to guide rehabilitation, educational, vocational, or other services. We also determine levels of cognitive functioning as they relate to work, school, and independent living.
The evaluation can serve to assess readiness to return to work or other important life activities, such as financial management and driving, after a brain injury or neurologic illness. Such evaluations address whether a person is able, from a mental ability perspective, to make a successful return to major life roles. We address strengths and weaknesses with regard to performing such roles, and the adjustments and adaptations that may be necessary to optimize the chance of a successful return.
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.
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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 650-723-5462.
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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