UCSD Neuropsychological Associates is an assessment program directed and operated by the Department of Psychiatry of the UCSD School of Medicine. The program offers neuropsychological testing services for the evaluation of a broad range of cognitive and behaviorial disturbances resulting from brain dysfunction.

The specific function of neuropsychology is psychometric evaluation of brain-behavior relationships as they relate to attention, verbal ability, learning and memory, spatial organization, initiation of behavior, abstract thinking, and other higher-level cognitive abilities.

Some of the services offered by UCSD Neuropsychological Associates are:

  • Evaluation of cognitive capacity for specific patient groups:
    • elderly patients with memory problems 
    • head injury patients
    • stroke victims, or patients with other neurological disorders 
    • patients with substance abuse problems
  • Determination of baseline mental function in conditions that may be improving or worsening:
    • before initiating treatment programs 
    • when progressive dementia is suspected 
    • before neurosurgery
  • Establishing the impact of brain injuries or disorders on patient's everyday functioning:
    • vocational implications
    • independent living
    • compensation strategies

Assessments by UCSD Neuropsychological Associates not only describe the patient's current abilities with reference to other people in the population with his/her education, age, gender and ethnic background, but also with respect to how those abilities translate into real-life employment and life management potentials. Different test batteries have been developed to respond to specific referral questions arising from diverse patient populations, ranging from closed head injuries to Alzheimer's disease, as well as to document cognitive changes occurring during the course of disease or treatment. Many of our neuropsychologists are board certified, a further assurance to consumers of the quality and professionalism of the evaluations they received.

Research-based assessments ensure that all tests, methods, and scoring procedures are uniform and precise, and that conclusions drawn from test results will be substantiated and reliable.

The neuropsychologists in our program are well-know clinician-scientists, respected in the academic and clinical communities.

Mark Bondi, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor of Psychiatry, Co-Director
UCSD School of Medicine

J. Vincent Filoteo, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Co-Director
UCSD School of Medicine

Robert K. Heaton, Ph.D., ABPP
Professor of Psychiatry
UCSD School of Medicine

Amy Jak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
UCSD School of Medicine

Carrie McDonald, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
UCSD School of Medicine

Christina Wierenga, Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
UCSD School of Medicine

Test batteries of differing lengths are used in our assessment, dependent upon the nature of the referral. All require several hours of testing, scoring and interpretation. Although not inexpensive, our service is committed to keeping cost reasonable and below the price of most comparable community-based services. In addition, many insurance companies cover either all or a substantial portion of the cost of assessment, if policy provisions such as pre-authorization are met.

For more information or to schedule an appointment for a patient, you may either call the UCSD Neuropsychological Associates office at (858) 534-1213, or you may FAX medical referral information to us at (858) 822-5269, marked to our attention. Please include information about how to contact the patient and why he/she is being referred. Referral sheet must indicate that the doctor has requested "Neuropsychological Testing". Our testing site is currently located on campus in La Jolla. Testing generally begins at 8:30 and is over by 4:30 or 5:00 depending on the battery given, with a 45-minute lunch break. An effort is made to have the reports in the hands of referring parties within 3-4 weeks from the date of the testing appointment.


University of California, San Diego, Department of Psychiatry, 9500 Gilman Drive, Mail Code 0603 La Jolla, CA 92037-0603
Telephone: (858) 534-3684, Fax: (858) 534-7653, Electronic Mail: psychiatry@ucsd.edu