Understanding the relationships between brain and behavior within a cultural, ethnic, and linguistic framework.

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Neuropsychology is a specialty within CHA’s Department of Psychiatry that works to understand the relationships between the brain and behavior. Our team of neuropsychologists and trainees see patients with a variety of neurological, medical, psychiatric, and neurodevelopmental disorders to understand their health issues and help them function better in their daily lives.

Core to this service is assessing patients and testing their cognitive abilities. This may include tests for learning, memory, language, coordination, visual-spatial skills, processing speed, problem-solving, and emotions. The results often show a pattern of strengths and weaknesses that let us better understand individual health needs and create personalized treatment plans for each patient.

Our team members are trained in culturally-informed neuropsychological practice. This means we are able to care for people from diverse ethnic, racial, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. We assess patients with medical interpreters, as needed, in many languages.

If you need an appointment

Please talk to your primary care provider who will place an order for referral. Referrals can also be made through your mental health provider. Once a referral is placed, someone from our team will contact you to schedule an appointment.

What do I need to bring for my appointment?
  • Hearing aids (if needed)
  • Corrective glasses (if needed)
  • Snacks and/or drinks (as a typical appointment can last 2-3 hours)

About the conditions we treat

  • Neurological

    Neurological disorders primarily affect the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and other nerves in the human body), resulting in cognitive, emotional, behavioral and functional changes. These disorders are typically acquired during the lifespan.

    • Dementia (e.g., due to Alzheimer’s disease) disorders
    • Memory disorders 
    • Vascular disorders
    • Movement disorders
    • Head trauma disorders
    • Seizure disorders
    • Sleep disorders
  • Psychiatric

    Some of these psychiatric disorders are characterized by significant disturbances in a person's cognition, social functioning, academic/occupational functioning, emotional regulation, or other aspects of behavior. Some of these conditions are: 

    • Anxiety disorders 
    • Trauma and stressor related disorders
    • Bipolar and related disorders
    • Depressive disorders
    • Substance-related and addictive disorders 
    • Psychotic disorders
  • Neurodevelopmental

    Neurodevelopmental disorders are characterized by conditions in which the growth and development of the brain and other aspects of the nervous system (brain and spinal cord) are affected. These disorders occur during the developmental period, they can be any of the following:

    •  Autism spectrum disorders 
    •  Specific learning disorders
    •  Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder  

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Services We Offer

  • Outpatient neuropsychological evaluations

  • Brief neuropsychological assessments

  • Inpatient neuropsychological evaluations (both medical/surgical and psychiatric) 

Conditions We Treat

      • Neurological

      • Psychiatric

        • Neurodevelopmental

    Where You Can Find Us


    Margaret Lanca, PhD

    Margaret Lanca, PhD


    • Psychiatry
    • Neuropsychology

    Jennifer Stinson, PhD, ABPP-CN


    • Psychiatry
    • Neuropsychology

    Hjalmar Zambrana Bonaparte, PsyD


    • Psychiatry
    • Neuropsychology
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