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.

Philip Levin, PhD

Philip-Levin

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.

Ani Khatchadourian, PsyD

Ani-Khatchadourian

Dr. Ani Khatchadourian received a master's degree in clinical psychology from California State University, Northridge prior to completing her PsyD in clinical psychology at Pepperdine University (APA approved) in 2012. She completed an APA-approved pre-doctoral internship in neuropsychology/behavioral psychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is currently a first-year Paul Satz postdoctoral fellow in pediatric neuropsychology at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry
and Biobehavioral Sciences.

Jennison Salata, PhD

Jennison-Salata

Dr. Jennison Salata is in her second year of a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA and The Help Group, specializing in pediatric neuropsychology. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in Los Angeles, California. She completed an APA internship in clinical and neuropsychology at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. Dr. Salata is a native of Michigan; as an undergraduate she attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, earning two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Archaeological Anthropology.

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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