The Mind and Behavior Assessment Clinic

by Chava Nerenberg, Graduate Programming Assistant
Tuesday, March 02, 2021 9:30 AM

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

Who is Referred to the MBAC?

As part of the Hosford Clinic, the MBAC responds to a wide range of referral reasons for children, adolescents, young adults, and senior age adults. It responds to referrals for: neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., learning problems, attention problems/ADHD assessment, comprehension problems), anxiety disorders (e.g., social anxiety, generalized anxiety), depressive disorders (e.g., major depression, persistent depression), and other similarly related referral concerns. You do not need to be affiliated with the University to receive services.

Who Conducts Assessments at the MBAC? 

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

How Much Does an Appointment at the MBAC 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. Standard neuropsychological testing costs between $2,000 and $5,000 at most locations in California, but as a training clinic, the MBAC is able to provide these services at a significantly reduced cost.

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

How Can I Make an Appointment with MBAC? 

Please contact us by email at to complete an initial phone screen with the MBAC Manager and/or to ask questions. Please allow up to 48 hours for a response. 

How Has COVID-19 Impacted MBAC? 

The MBAC 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 tele-assessment and in-person assessment. One safety measure the MBAC has taken for in-person assessments, for example, is the installation of plexiglass shields.

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Click here to read more about the Hosford Clinic's general services and here to read about the Healing Center, which provides services to Black and African American clients by Black therapists.