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Neuropsychological Assessments For Teens
At Brain Spectrum, we offer psychological, neuropsychological, and psychoeducational evaluations of teens to help them and their parents understand where they fit into an increasingly complex world.

Dr. Thurlow is passionate about working with teens, and she is widely sought after for her assessments because of her ability to form meaningful connections with them. Her adolescent evaluations are comprehensive, clear, and can be easily understood by professionals and parents alike. Parents and teens enjoy working with Dr. Thurlow, not just because she is an astute diagnostician, but because she cares deeply about improving the lives of teens.

Brain Spectrum offers assessments of teens for the following:

Why Are Psychological Assessments Important For Teens?
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Did you know that one in three teens suffers from at least one diagnosable mental health disorder? Among college students, 29.1% have been diagnosed with anxiety and 23.6% have been diagnosed with depression (NCHA, 2021). Moreover, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for teens and young adults, ages 10-34 (CDC, 2022). The consequences of failing to address adolescent mental health conditions can be serious, with challenges that may extend well into adulthood.

Dr. Thurlow has a special place in her heart for her teen clients. Not only are they bubbling over with hormones, they are having to navigate a more complex world than the one their parents grew up in. Questions about sexual identity and orientation, social isolation, school pressure, social media, depression, anxiety, and autism are quite common nowadays.  An evaluation with Brain Spectrum can help clarify and facilitate conversation between parents and their teens.

What Is Our Process?

At Brain Spectrum, we conduct comprehensive psychoeducational, psychological, and learning disorder evaluations of teens 13-17 years of age. We use a variety of methods to achieve a high degree of diagnostic accuracy. We also recognize that establishing trust, respect, and safety are crucial components of working with teens.

Your first appointment is a parent-only interview during which we obtain history and information about your teen’s challenges. This can be conducted in-person or via our telehealth platform. At the end of this appointment, Dr. Thurlow will discuss with you the type of evaluation that is best suited to your teen.

Depending on the nature of the evaluation, your teen will then be scheduled for up to three testing appointments. These in-person appointments typically last between two and four hours each, during which Dr. Thurlow will observe your teen, and administer relevant tests. Client, parent, teacher, and other relevant questionnaires will be sent out by email.

What Results Can Be Expected?

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Once testing has been completed and all relevant information has been received, all the data that has been compiled is then reviewed and interpreted. A custom evaluation report of the results will be provided at the end of a 50-minute parent feedback session.

Every client will be provided with a clearly-written report of the results and evidence-based recommendations. If indicated, recommendations will also include school recommendations for special education services through an IEP, or accommodations through a 504 plan. This report can be kept private; shared with your school to demonstrate eligibility for special education services; or shared with your treatment team.


Dr. Cheryl Arutt, PsyD, Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

"I have known Dr. Thurlow for 25 years and give her my highest recommendation! She is that special kind of expert who really listens, combining her deep knowledge and experience as a neuropsychologist with her compassion as a human/parent/friend to illuminate ways to really support and deeply understand young people whose brains work differently. Her evaluations improve lives, and I always know those I refer to Dr. Thurlow will be in excellent hands."

Dr. Mandy Moradi, Clinical Consultant Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center

"I have collaborated with Dr. Thurlow in various capacities over the years. She is an exceptionally bright psychologist who is committed to the wellbeing of our neurodivergent community. There is wide variability when it comes to evaluation quality, and finding a professional who offers best practice evaluations using gold-standard measures can be challenging. Dr. Thurlow offers the kind of sensitive, thorough, and evidence-based assessments that I trust. I recommend Dr. Thurlow without hesitation."

Dr. Jesse Olague, Child Psychologist, Del Mar

"Dr. Thurlow is without a doubt the best diagnostician in San Diego. Not only does she have the experience and high-level skills to understand even the most complex cases, she is also incredibly compassionate and kind. Families and professionals alike love working with her. I trust her clinical judgment without reservation."

David Teitelman, parent of a neurodivergent child.

"Dr. Thurlow is a spectacular psychologist/diagnostician. I can attest to her expertise in the areas of autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and Neuro divergence. Dr. Thurlow was able to determine significant flaws in a previous evaluation of my neurodivergent child. With her help, we were finally able to obtain an accurate diagnosis after many years of struggle.

Dr. Thurlow's consultation, compassion, and support in obtaining an accurate diagnosis has truly been life-changing for our family."

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