Psychology

Pediatric Neuropsychology Program

The Pediatric Neuropsychology Program at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital provides neuropsychological evaluations for children, adolescents, and young adults with a diverse range of medical, neurological, and neurodevelopmental disorders that impact thinking or behavior. 

A neuropsychological evaluation can be conducted on outpatient or inpatient basis to help a child’s family, doctor, teacher, and therapists provide support and assistance to meet the child’s unique needs. We know that a child with cognitive or behavioral problems—as well as his parents and family—often need the help and assurance available only through testing by a trained professional.

Neuropsychologist Michael Lavoie, PhD, Division Chief of Psychology leads the comprehensive evaluation program here that offers testing based on an appreciation of functional neuroanatomy and normal brain development, defining how a child is functioning in comparison to expectations for that child's age level. 

The Neuropsychology Divison has a staff of five neuropsychologists, who collaborate to provide excellence in patient care and clinical research. The staff regularly works with a wide range of patients from children with epilepsy to children needing inpatient rehabilitation services. This interdisciplinary cooperation means your child's treatment plan is developed by experts in many different fields, such as rehabilitation, neurosurgery, neurophysiology and neurology, to provide the comprehensive care your child needs to get better faster.

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