Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health
Neuropsychologists perform neuropsychological evaluations. They can evaluate for brain injury months, years, or even decades after injury. If you are seeking a diagnosis, however, please ask the provider if they are willing to diagnose. If not, you will still get valuable information from a neuropsychological evaluation that will help with treatment planning. For diagnostic purposes, you may need to see a brain injury medicine physician. Please contact the Brain Injury Resource Center at 505-292-7414 for a referral.
They are clinical psychologists with special training in testing cognition or thinking skills. Neuropsychological evaluations are often needed in determining disability, treatment planning, and understanding a patient’s strengths and weaknesses in order to build compensatory strategies. Most insurance companies, including NM Centennial Care, cover one per year. We typically recommend that you have your first neuropsychological evaluation at about six months after a brain injury.
All but one of the neuropsychologists on our list requires a physician referral for a neuropsychological evaluation. From the time you request a referral until the final results are presented to you may take up to one year. So if you want or need a neuropsychological evaluation, please do not put off asking your primary care provider for a referral.
Typically a neuropsychological evaluation consists of:
- a) An initial interview in which the doctor will take your history including the history of your injury. Bring a loved one or someone who knows you well to this appointment, especially if you would like them to provide some details about your history.
- b) Usually at a separate appointment, your cognitive skills will be tested. These may include attention, different kinds of memory such as working, immediate, and delayed memory, visuospatial perception, listening comprehension, and other skills.
- c) Finally the doctor will write up your report and will schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss your results with you. You will leave with a copy of your report (or you’ll receive it in the mail if the final appointment is by telemedicine). You may then provide a copy to any medical, behavioral health, or rehabilitation professional you wish. Or if you prefer, you may sign forms called “Authorizations to Disclose Private Health Information,” and you may name any professional you wish to receive a mailed copy of your report.
The following neuropsychologists take a wide range of insurances. Please call the office of each to check if the doctor takes yours.
Sandra Montoya, Ph.D.
3900 Juan Tabo Blvd NE # 11
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Complete neuropsychological evaluation services for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Montoya does not require a physician referral, so you may call her office directly for an appointment. Dr. Montoya accepts Medicaid, private insurance, and Presbyterian Medicare.
GD Psych Services
2200 Grande Blvd. SE Suite B
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
Fax: 505 636-6338
Complete neuropsychological evaluation services for adults. GD Psych Services accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance.
Neuropsychological Services of New Mexico
John H. King, Ph.D., ABPP
Jeffery Young, Ph.D
4001 Indian School Road NE, Suite 310
Albuquerque, NM 87110-3816
Services: Neuropsychological, neurobehavioral, psychological, and forensic evaluations for adults and children. Psychotherapy for adjustment to neurological conditions. Cognitive, behavioral, and emotional treatment for children.
Southwest Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health, LLC
Jonathon R. Kurtyka, PhD, Director of Clinical Services
320 Gold Ave. SW, Suite 1001
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Services: Child and adult neuropsychological evaluations, psychology, psychiatry, pediatric (child) occupational therapy.
Insurances: This office accepts a wide range of insurance including private insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare. Please call the office to learn if yours is accepted.
Barbara Koltuska-Haskin, Ph.D.
11927 Menaul Blvd NE, #107
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Complete neuropsychological evaluation services for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Koltuska wrote an award-winning book entitled How My Brain Works: A Guide to Understanding It Better and Keeping It Healthy. It’s a slim volume filled with information good for everyone’s brain and especially yours if you’ve experienced brain injury. Dr. Koltuska-Haskin accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. Please call her office to learn if she can accept your coverage.
Jo Velasquez, PHD, MSCP
1635 S Don Roser Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Dr. Velasquez is the go-to psychologist in Southern New Mexico for neuropsychological evaluation and treatment after brain injury. Dr. Velasquez has been providing psychological services for almost three decades. With advanced training in psychophysiology, neuropsychology, forensic psychology, and psychopharmacology, she is experienced in neuropsychological evaluation and treatment planning and therapy for individuals living with brain injury. She is also a prescribing psychologist. Dr. Velasquez accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and a wide range of private insurances.
Psychotherapists may provide therapy for communication skills, social skills, and cognitive skills as well as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brain Injury Training for Mental Health Therapists
Inquire if your mental health therapist is experienced in assessing and treating patients with brain injury. If not, consider asking your therapist if he or she would like training in rehabilitation psychotherapy for brain injury, and ask your therapist to reach out to the Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico at info @ braininjurynm.org to request therapist training. We would love to list more therapists in this directory who are trained in working with patients with brain injury.
Mental health therapists must have at least a master’s degree in a professional program leading to licensure or they must have a doctorate in psychology or education. They are licensed at two levels:
Non-independently licensed therapists practicing under the supervision of an independently licensed clinician:
- Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSW)
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
- Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (LAMFT)
Independently licensed therapists (advanced licensure):
- Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW)
- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC)
- Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
- Psychologists (Ph.D, some perform therapy – some provide testing)
Christin Barden, LCSW
1740 Grande Blvd SE, Suite E1
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
3736 Eubank Blvd NE, Suite B1
Albuquerque, NM 87111
Christin Barden: “I have been a licensed social worker since July 2017, but I have been helping New Mexico military families, Veterans, aging population and the homeless for over 12 years. As a military veteran, I understand the struggles with adapting to civilian life, and have experience working with substance abuse, trauma, depression, anxiety, chronic pain and coping with stress. I love working with tweens and teens and I have experience with couples and family therapy.” Christin is brain-injury-informed, having participated several times in behavioral health clinician training provided by the Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico. Christin accepts multiple insurances and has a sliding scale for cash patients.
Margot Feldvebel, LCSW
Based in Albuquerque, NM, and serving patients across New Mexico via Telemedicine and office-based appointments
Phone: 505-328- 9448 (phone calls preferred on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, please)
Margot provides Integrative Cognitive Rehabilitation Psychotherapy for adults living with brain injury, treating cognitive skills, trauma, psychosocial issues, and substance abuse.
If Margot is unable to accept a new patient, she will encourage you to become involved with a brain injury support group and may suggest other avenues for care. Support groups for people living with brain injury are instrumental in healing. Admission to support groups is free. There are no requirements for membership other than the ability to be polite and respectful to other members. You may find information for this and other support groups at https://www.braininjurynm.org/support/. Ms. Feldvebel has served on the board of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico since 2017. She accepts the following Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance: Presbyterian, Blue Cross, and Humana plans.
Mark Pedrotty, Ph.D.
Clinical Rehabilitation Psychologist
Professor Emeritus, UNM Dept. of Pediatrics, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Private Practice Office
3200 Carlisle NE, Ste. 224
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Office Phone: 505-889-4597
Dr. Pedrotty founded and provides Integrative Cognitive Rehabilitation Psychotherapy for brain injury for children, adolescents, and adults. He works with individuals and families in person and via telemedicine. He treats cognitive skills, trauma, psychosocial issues, and substance abuse.
Dr. Pedrotty is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics after retiring in 2022 from the division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dept. of Pediatrics, at UNM-HSC. For 24 years he worked at Carrie Tingley Hospital-UNM, providing inpatient and outpatient clinical services and teaching at the medical school and conferences. He participated in the TBI clinic and the Pediatric Concussion Clinic at CTH. In response to limited services for people living with brain injuries and co-occurring conditions he developed integrative cognitive rehabilitation psychotherapy and has been the program director of the Integrative Cognitive Rehabilitation Psychotherapy ECHO yearlong seminar since its inception in 2017. He is now in private practice in Albuquerque. He has been a member of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico for over 20 years and has served on the Board of Directors in several capacities. He currently serves as past president.
Katie Morrison, Ph.D.
Clinician Educator, Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychologist
Dept. of Pediatrics
Carrie Tingley Hospital
1127 University Blvd NE
Dr. Morrison provides psychological treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults. A wide range of insurances are accepted including Medicaid.
Jo Velasquez, PHD, MSCP
1635 S Don Roser Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Dr. Velasquez is the go-to psychologist in Southern New Mexico for neuropsychological evaluation and treatment after brain injury. Dr. Velasquez has been providing psychological services for almost three decades. With advanced training in psychophysiology, neuropsychology, forensic psychology, and psychopharmacology, she is experienced in neuropsychological evaluation and treatment planning and therapy for individuals living with brain injury. She is also a prescribing psychologist.
Joanne Rossi, MA, LPC
56 Priestly Pl
Corrales, NM 87048
Ms. Rossi brain-injury aware in working with patients with brain injury