Overview

The Help Group – UCLA Neuropsychology Program specializes in helping families and educational teams understand the student’s learning patterns. The program began under the partnership of The Help Group and UCLA’s Medical Psychology Assessment Center. Our goal is to help  explain what advances a child’s learning and what inhibits their development, as well as providing individualized recommendations to maximize a student’s learning potential.

What is Pediatric Neuropsychology? Pediatric Neuropsychology is a unique specialty that studies how the developing brain affects the way a child thinks, behaves and learns.

Services & Assessments

Neuropsychological Services

Neuropsychological Services include evaluation and testing, diagnosis, family conferencing, education, consultations with schools and physicians and follow-up services. The evaluation will help answer questions about the student's learning ability and behavior.

During each evaluation, a pediatric neuropsychologist examines a wide range of functions:

  • Academic skills
  • Attention and concentration
  • Executive functioning
  • Intellectual abilities
  • Language processing and speech
  • Learning and memory capacities
  • Motor functioning
  • Sensory capacities
  • Visual and nonverbal functions

Neuropsychological Reports

The clinician will generate a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation report. This report will consist of the patient's relevant history, the results of the testing in narrative and data formats, a diagnosis section, and recommendations for further treatment. The patient will meet with his or her clinician for a one-hour feedback session, during which he or she will be able to go over the information contained in the report, as well as receive his or her own copy of the report.

Common diagnoses include:

  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Birth injury / Anoxia
  • Brain injury or stroke
  • Brain tumors
  • Epilepsy
  • Genetic anomalies
  • Infectious diseases
  • Learning disabilities
  • Lead poisoning
  • Tourette's Syndrome

Recommendations

After a diagnosis is made, our neuropsychologist will work closely with parents, the referring physicians and the educational team to design a personalized treatment plan. A full range of follow-up services is provided at The Help Group including: outpatient psychotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and psychiatric treatment.

Faculty

Post-doctoral fellows from UCLA’s Medical Psychology Assessment Center perform the testing under the direct supervision of Philip Levin, PhD, the Director of the Help Group - UCLA Neuropsychology Program.

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Philip Levin, PhD

Program Director

Dr. Levin began his relationship with The Help Group as a psychology intern in 1993. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology at The Help Group/ UCLA Neuropsychology Program, and in 1999, he became Program Director.

In 2005, Dr. Levin also assumed the mantle of Director of Outcomes Research for The Help Group, providing research on the educational outcomes for Help Group students, as well as providing feedback on the effectiveness of psychological, speech and occupational therapy interventions.

Dr. Levin is currently an assistant clinical professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, as well as an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University.

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Lev Gottlieb, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Gottlieb is a second-year fellow at UCLA and The Help Group. He earned his BA in Psychology from University of Pennsylvania and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern Medical School, and completed specialty training in Neuropsychology at Children’s Hospital of Chicago, NYU Child Study Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Gottlieb has extensive experience providing evaluations and cognitive rehabilitation to youth with neurodevelopmental differences and acquired brain injuries, and has published research in epilepsy, Tourette’s syndrome, mood disorders, executive functioning and neuroimaging.

 

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Christina Young, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Young is a first-year postdoctoral fellow in pediatric neuropsychology at UCLA and The Help Group. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary and received training in adult and pediatric neuropsychology in a variety of settings including Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. She completed the APPIC-accredited internship at Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center, where she provided evaluation and therapy to youth and adults with neurological and developmental disorders, significant trauma history, and brain injury. Research interests include social functioning in individuals with congenital brain abnormalities, outcomes in children with PTSD, and cognitive rehabilitation.

Scheduling Evaluations

The Help Group - UCLA Neuropsychology Program evaluates all individuals five years of age or older. A complete neuropsychological battery takes approximately 12 to15 hours to complete. Patients will meet with their clinicians twice during the week for a one-on-one assessment. Testing time blocks are typically 9:00 a.m. to noon, the families break for lunch, and then we resume from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Help Group serves Medi-Cal eligible clients. For more information regarding fees for services and private insurance, or to schedule an appointment, please call 877.943.5747 or 818.781.0360 or e-mail assessment@thehelpgroup.org.

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