MGH services for Hispanic patients and families with memory disorders: MUNDOS

MAPP hosts the MGH Multicultural Neuropsychology Program (MUNDOS), based at the Psychology Assessment Center. This program is Co-Directed by Dr Janet Sherman and Dr. Yakeel Quiroz. MUNDOS directly targets the Latino population in the area by offering culturally sensitive neuropsychological assessments and psychoeducation, available in Spanish and English. MUNDOS provides these evaluations for a variety of disorders that impact brain and cognitive functioning including dementia, epilepsy, brain tumors, and learning disabilities, among others.

The evaluations consist of: a clinical interview with the patient and/or the patient’s family members, the administration of a battery of tests designed to evaluate different aspects of cognitive functioning, and the solving of tasks that require the patient to give either verbal responses or non-verbal responses.

MUNDOS also offers memory workshops for older individuals to help them develop and maintain strategies for optimal memory function. They also offer cognitive rehabilitation to help patients re-learn cognitive skills that have been lost or altered as a result of a brain disease and to learn new skills to compensate for lost cognitive functions.

-Valentina Rojas Posada, MAPP Scholar