UCHealth Neuropsychology Clinic - Colorado Springs

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Hours
Monday: 8am – 4:30pm
Tuesday: 8am – 4:30pm
Wednesday: 8am – 4:30pm
Thursday: 8am – 4:30pm
Friday: 8am – 4:30pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Your team
Julie E Horwitz, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
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Neuropsychology

Jace M Waguspack, PhD
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Neuropsychology

What we do

Neuropsychology is the subspecialty of psychology that studies brain–behavior relationships.

Clinical neuropsychologists apply current scientific knowledge of brain-behavior relationships to:

  • Assess a patient’s cognitive and psychological functioning.
  • Assist in the differential diagnosis of neurological disorders.
  • Evaluate the impact of cognitive and psychiatric symptoms on a patient’s daily life.
  • Provide recommendations for optimizing cognitive and overall daily functioning.

Our neuropsychologists have doctoral degrees (Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D.) in Clinical Psychology and are licensed psychologists. They have completed additional specialty training at the pre- and post-doctoral levels in the evaluation of cognitive and neurological dysfunction.

Services we provide

Neuropsychological evaluation, including assessments for:

  • Characterization of cognitive strengths and weaknesses following neurological injury or event.
  • Decision-making capacity.
  • Differential diagnosis.
  • Pre- and post-surgical evaluations for DBS implantation and brain tumor resection.
  • Providing pertinent recommendations based on cognitive status, which may address questions about supervision needs, future planning, cognitive compensatory strategies, behavioral health resources, and others.

Conditions we evaluate

  • Brain tumor.
  • Encephalitis.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Normal pressure hydrocephalus.
  • Stroke.
  • Traumatic brain injury.

Neuropsychological evaluations

What is involved in a neuropsychological evaluation?

Elements vary, but evaluations typically include:

  • Thorough chart review.
  • Thorough clinical interview.
  • Neuropsychological testing, which involves administration of standardized tests in order to:
    • Measure different aspects of cognitive and psychological functioning and associate with brain functioning (domains measured can include memory, language, visuospatial skills, executive functioning, and others)
  • A neuropsychological report, which typically contains:
    • A summary of pertinent historical information.
    • Results of neuropsychological testing.
    • Conclusions about cognitive/emotional functioning and underlying causes for abnormalities.
    • Recommendations relevant to patient diagnosis, cognitive/daily functioning, mental health needs.
  • Discussion of results and conclusions with patient.
What kinds of clinical questions can a neuropsychologist assist with?
  • Diagnostic questions (e.g., Psychiatric vs. neurological? Underlying cause of cognitive problems?)
  • Patient care and planning (e.g., Prognosis? Safety issues? Return to work?)
  • Treatment planning and remediation (e.g., Rehabilitation needs? Pre-surgical candidacy?)
  • Treatment evaluation (e.g., Baseline cognition? Treatment efficacy? Adverse cognitive effects?

Scheduling

If you are scheduling an evaluation for litigation or disability screening purposes, please contact the office directly as the provider may not be able to perform this type of evaluation.

At your scheduled appointment, please provide all the following information:

  • Photo ID
  • Insurance card
  • Referral (if needed)

To allow enough time to complete your check-in process, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

We request a 24-hour advance notice if you cannot make it to your scheduled appointment.