Cognitive Disorders Center

Cognitive Disorders Center

The UT Health Austin Cognitive Disorders Center at the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences provides evaluation and treatment to patients and families who are living with conditions that impact memory, behavior and other cognitive functions. Our goal is to help determine what is causing the changes you are experiencing and support you through the process.

Conditions We Treat


We provide diagnostic evaluation and evidence-based treatments for people with memory concerns mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s disease (AD), vascular dementia (VaD), frontal temporal dementia (FTD), primary progressive aphasia (PPA), semantic dementia, corticobasal syndrome (CBS), idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (PD), rapidly progressive dementia and dementia with Lewy body (DLB).

Collaborating with a multidisciplinary team helps us develop a tailored treatment plan specific to your needs. Our team includes specialists from multiple disciplines including neurology, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychology, nursing, clinical social work and speech and language pathology. We will be there to guide you every step of the way.

Making an Appointment


  • A referral is required by your primary care physician or neurologist.
  • Please complete and use our form to request your medical records from your primary care physician, neurologist or other referring clinician. The medical records should include recent medical records from the past year that include diagnostic reports, any relevant lab results, clinical notes, and brain imaging (MRI, CT scan). Please have them sent to: FAX: 512-495-5680 Attention: Cognitive Disorders Center
  • If you need assistance with getting a referral, please call us at 1-833-UT-CARES and we will be happy to assist you.
  • We strongly encourage all of our patients to bring a close family member or friend to the appointment. The patient and family member will have appointments scheduled at the same time with our care team
  • Our clinical and staff team will:
    • Make recommendations to your referring provider.
    • Review your medical records to plan the appropriate care pathway for you.
    • Set up an appointment at our clinic.

Prepare for your Appointment


  • Be prepared. Confirm that your referring doctor has sent us your medical records. Please arrive 30 minutes early to fill out registration, patient privacy and health questionnaire forms. Bring a list of questions and concerns with you to the appointment.
  • Speak up. Mention your most important concerns early in the visit.
  • Take notes. We will also provide you with patient Instructions after your visit.
  • Ask questions. Ask for clarification if you are unsure about something.

What to Expect at Your Appointment


We strongly encourage you to bring a close family member or friend to your appointments. It is very helpful to us to meet with you and someone who knows you well to best understand your situation. It is common to schedule multiple visits to allow your care team enough time to provide a comprehensive evaluation and create a patient-centered treatment plan. Typically, the first visit will last around 90 minutes. You will meet with an advanced practitioner, neurospsychologist and social work counselor during this visit. We will first review your symptoms and medical history. Then, we will conduct a neurologic exam to assess your thinking, strength, coordination and reflexes. The social worker will ask questions to better understand your situation regarding your goals, mood, living situation, and social support.

It is common to order diagnostic testing that best fits your situation, such as:

  • Brain imaging (such as CT scan, MRI or PET scan) to determine possible causes of cognitive impairment.
  • Blood tests to look for common causes of memory loss such as low thyroid, vitamin deficiency or infection.
  • Neuropsychological testing to assess your memory, attention, mood, language, problem solving and visuospatial abilities. This testing can sometimes be scheduled on the same day as your initial visit or on another day depending on your insurance and preference.

At your feedback visit, our neurologist or geriatric psychiatrist and social work counselor will meet with you and your family members to review your test results and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. This visit typically lasts 60 minutes, and we encourage you to come prepared with questions and ready to take notes. Your treatment plan will commonly include medications, care management, family or individual counseling, cognitive-communication therapy, community resources and follow-up visits.

Follow-up visits are conducted by our Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (APRN) and a social work counselor as needed. Patients and families are encouraged to contact us via the patient portal or nurse line with questions in between their scheduled visits. We are happy to work with your primary care provider to coordinate care. Call our nurse line at 1-833-882-2737.

Treatment


Treatment recommendations may include things like medications, cognitive-communication therapy, home health, counseling, driving assessment or care management. If you are interested, you or your family members may be eligible to participate in research studies.

Our social work counselors are able to support you and your family by providing education and information on legal care, financial planning, long-term care options, finding help, support groups and driving resources.