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Mind and Behavior Assessment Clinic

Welcome!
Welcome to the Mind and Behavior Assessment Clinic (MBAC), formerly known as the Psychology Assessment Center! The MBAC provides individuals of Santa Barbara county and surrounding areas a low-cost option to quality, comprehensive neuropsychological assessments. It is the belief of the MBAC that one’s finances should not be a barrier in accessing neuropsychological assessments. We also believe assessment of one’s neuropsychological functioning ought to be considered an essential aspect of one’s overall health.

What is a “neuropsychological assessment”?
Neuropsychology, a subdiscipline of psychology, refers to the study of the brain and how the brain facilitates behavior. Specifically, neuropsychology studies the brain’s involvement in processes such as thinking, feeling, understanding, reading, and more. At the MBAC, we assess these brain-implicated processes by conducting comprehensive cognitive, executive functioning, academic, personality, social-emotional, and behavioral assessments. Results of these assessments provides us information regarding an individual’s challenges and strengths. Our assessment reports include specific recommendations that empower individuals to address their area of concern.

Who conducts the assessments?
All neuropsychological assessments are conducted by advanced level doctoral students from the Department of Couseling, Clinical, and School Psychology who work under the supervision of Dr. Miriam Thompson who is a licensed psychologist and the Director of the MBAC.

¿Se ofrecen evaluaciones neuropsicológicas en español?
Por el momento, estamos limitados en las evaluaciones neuropsicológicas que se pueden dar específicamente en español. Sin embargo, se pueden conducir entrevistas clínicas en español. Se reconocen la necesidad para dar servicios en español y esperamos a llenar esta necesidad completamente. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre eso, nos mande un email en mbac@education.ucsb.edu.

Is an assessment at the MBAC right for me?
The MBAC responds to wide range of referral reasons for children, adolescents, and adults. We respond to referrals for the following: neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., learning problems, attention problems, comprehension problems), anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety, generalized anxiety), depressive disorders (e.g., major depression, persistent depression), and other similarly related referral concerns. We do not respond to referrals for the following: child custody evaluations; disability assessment for social security; schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders; substance use evaluations; or bipolar disorders.

What does the assessment process include?
First, all potential clients complete a brief phone screen with the MBAC Manager. Next, the MBAC manager schedules a 60-to-90-minute clinical interview during which clients discuss their areas of concern with the assessment clinicians. Third, clients complete six to nine hours of testing, which can be completed over the course of a few days. Fourth, when the results have been interpreted, a report is written, and a one-hour feedback session is scheduled with the client. During this feedback, the client and clinician discuss the assessment results, diagnostic impressions, and specific recommendations for support.

How much do MBAC assessments cost?
Our standard assessment rate is $950.00. The Hosford Clinic does not accept insurance, but if you qualify for Medi-Cal and can provide documentation to show qualification, the rate is $475.00. There is a $150 non-refundable deposit to reserve the initial appointment. The remainder of the fees must be paid in full at the intake session. There are no additional fees and the cost does not change if additional testing is added to the assessment battery.

Are there COVID-19 procedures in place?
We are in the process of finalizing a COVID-19 protocol to ensure the safety of our doctoral student clinicians and our potential clients. We will be following a hybrid model, which will involve a combination of teleassessment and in-person assessment.

How do I schedule an appointment?
Please contact us by email at mbac@education.ucsb.edu to complete an initial phone screen with the MBAC Manager and/or to ask question. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response. We look forward to meeting you.