Starting September 2nd, 2014, the Northwestern Mental Health Center, Inc. (NWMHC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Heather Pedersen, LP, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist, to its outpatient staff.

    Starting September 2nd, 2014, the Northwestern Mental Health Center, Inc. (NWMHC) is pleased to welcome Dr. Heather Pedersen, LP, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist, to its outpatient staff.    

    Dr. Pedersen will provide comprehensive evaluations for adolescents and adults with a variety of developmental, learning, medical, neurological, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. Dr. Pedersen has specialized training in the evaluation of traumatic brain injury, stroke, seizure disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disorders, substance abuse, multiple sclerosis, and dementia, as well as other neuropsychiatric and medical disorders. Dr. Pedersen’s office is located in Crookston, MN. Please call (218) 281-3940 for appointments or more information.   

    Neuropsychology is a subspecialty within psychology that focuses on brain-behavior relationships. A neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist who has undergone additional training to develop expertise in how different cognitive abilities and behaviors are related to brain functioning. Any injury, disease, or disorder that impacts the brain can lead to changes in behavior and cognition.        

    Possible reasons for referral to a neuropsychologist include: Assessment of cognitive strengths or weaknesses; identification of cognitive dysfunction following certain medical diagnoses such as stroke, seizure disorder, concussion, or dementia; characterizing learning or attentional difficulties in adolescents or adults; documentation of brain function over time, in the case of chronic medical conditions, such as multiple sclerosis or neurofibromatosis; diagnostic clarification in the context of comorbid psychiatric and/or substance abuse disorders.   

    What this means for residents of our communities is access to a subspecialty service that is hard to find without having to drive for hours. Through relationships the NWMHC has with various healthcare facilities, schools and human service agencies across the region, Dr. Pedersen will be available to patients in a variety of ways to help minimize the travel and financial burden. In addition, Dr. Pedersen will work with the patient, caregivers and other supports to develop a plan based on the evaluation results that will help the patient be successful.   

    Originally from California, Heather Pedersen graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fresno. She moved to Minnesota and obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota in Clinical Psychology. She is a licensed Psychologist in the state of Minnesota who completed focused training in Neuropsychology during her one-year pre-doctoral internship and two-year postdoctoral fellowship while employed within the Veterans Affairs Medical system. Dr. Pedersen seeks to provide detailed, comprehensive recommendations for both clients and providers, as appropriate.
    The Northwestern Mental Health Center, Inc. has provided services in the community for over 50 years; we offer a comprehensive, integrated system of care to enhance individual and family health and well-being. It is our mission at the Northwestern Mental Health Center, Inc. to provide high quality services and relationships which promote wellness and recovery so that individuals and families are successful in achieving their personal goals for an enhanced quality of life. For more information visit us at and like us on Facebook.