Our Neuropsychology Department

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Lisa Barker, Ph.D., Manager of Neuropsychology Services

Lisa is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who provides assessment services to individuals with a variety of referral questions. While her specialty is concussion and TBI, she also works with individuals who experience other cognitive challenges including PTSD, behavioral health issues, ADHD, and aging-related questions.

As a graduate of Brigham Young University, Lisa studied with Dr. Erin Bigler. She completed her internship at the Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio, TX, and her two-year post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research in Houston, Texas.

Lisa has worked in various settings including adolescent residential treatment facilities, within a military treatment facility, and within a community mental health outpatient clinic. She has been pursuing an interest in neurofeedback since her move to Colorado Springs more than three years ago.

In addition to her neuropsychological activities, Lisa is a registered yoga instructor and enjoys singing with her three older children.
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Zoe Bonack, Psy.D., BCN, QEEG-D, Clinical Director

Zoe’s passion thrives on being able to give people answers to better help them understand their struggles.

Passionate about how the brain works and discovering ways to help people become more successful in their lives, Zoe enjoys working with individuals through the use of psychotherapy, neurofeedback, and neuropsychological testing. She particularly enjoys the neuropsychological evaluation process and in helping people determine their strengths and struggles.

Zoe’s personal experience with her stepdaughter, who struggles with autism and developmental disabilities, has further fueled her desire to help families find the support they need. In neurofeedback, she discovered a tool that helps people move beyond their perceived limitations and feel more hopeful about their future.

In her free time, she enjoys biking, hiking, traveling, playing with her dog Lambeau, and spending time with her husband and stepchildren.
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Angela Mion, Ph.D., NCSP, Post Doctoral Fellows.

Angela is a postdoctoral fellow in neuropsychology as well as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Her primary interests include autism, learning disorders/dyslexia, concussion/TBI, and dementia. She is passionate about educational supports for children. She earned her B.A. in psychology from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. She worked as a pediatric psychometrist for two years at Alexian Brothers Health System in suburban Chicago, IL. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in school psychology with a focus in clinical neuropsychology from Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

She completed a predoctoral internship in clinical neuropsychology at Fraser in Minneapolis, MN. She then worked as a school psychologist in suburban Nashville, TN. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, baking bread, knitting, hanging out with her cat, and exploring beautiful Colorado.
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Stephanie Spies-Upton, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Stephanie Spies-Upton, is a Neuropsychology postdoctoral fellow at Neuro Hope, who’s interests primarily lie within the intersection of forensic psychiatric neuropsychology, specifically with those who have persistent serious mental illness and with neurodegenerative diseases. She completed her MA from Sam Houston State University in Clinical Psychology and then taught at the university after graduating. She also worked for a private practice who held contracts with Social Security and the Department of Rehabilitative Services, providing psychological assessment and tailored recommendations for clients. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University with specialized training in Neuropsychology and Forensic Psychology and completed her internship at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo with a neuropsychology rotation. Her research interests are focused on psychopathy, mental illness, race, trauma, executive functioning, and biomarkers (e.g., cortisol) within legally-involved individuals. She is also interested in cultivating cultural competence within the field of psychology for working with oppressed and marginalized populations, specifically with gender and sexual minorities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her partner, two daughters (1 and 3-years), and her three dogs in the outdoors and creating artwork from her own photography.

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Kirsten Larson, BS – Psychometrist - Manager of Psychometrists

Kirsten grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and graduated from Mary Washington College (now called the University of Mary Washington), with a BS in Psychology.

She worked for the Department of the Navy in Japan until moving to Italy where she spent three difficult years eating pasta and learning to speak Italian.

She has been in Colorado Springs for 12 years and has worked as a psychometrist for the past 7 years.

Kirsten has three teenagers and a beloved cocker spaniel. In her free time, she enjoys road biking, gardening and playing spikeball with her friends, family, and even coworkers!