Desert Psychology and NeuroScience Center

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 3.18.43 PMNEUROSCIENCE: Recent neuroscience studies have focused on Parkinson’s.   Many aspects of the ‘psychological’ problems found in Parkinson’s have been directly linked to biochemical and neurobehavioral changes in brain function. Reduced dopamine levels have been implicated in motor problems. Serotonin levels are also affected. Serotonin deficits cause neuronal changes linked to unexplained anxiety and moodiness.  Similarly, acetylcholine production is often disrupted and can trigger unexplained bouts of apathy, hopelessness and/or fatigue.

Advances in NeuroScience and Mindfulness in the last decade are improving how we think about many issues in individual psychology, family studies and behavioral medicine. These advances have already changed many areas of applied clinical psychology, including ADD, emotional reactivity, stress resilience, conflict management and coping with pain and disability. I am excited to bring the latest technology to my clients.

If needed, our Institute provides a variety of objective psychological tests. We can also provide state-of-the-art  neuroscience-based techniques, such as functional Q-EEG, and biofeedback, and neurofeedback technologies.

Our goal is to correct habits and optimize performance. Neuroscience has new insights into old problems, so even if you tried before and had marginal benefits, you might want to give this a try.


Dr. Robert Grove is a licensed psychologist. He specializes in dealing with caretakers and clients with medical problems not adequately controlled by medications. For those with neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disorders, he works with you and your treatment team to optimize resilience, reduce unnecessary stress, and control pain and minimize disability. He got his PhD in medical psychology at the University of Minnesota, in a unique program including both psychology and medical school courses in pathophysiology, neuroanatomy, biophysics, genetics, and medical pharmacology. He has developed hospital-based programs for pain-and-disability, head-injury rehabilitation, and swallowing retraining for stroke-induced dysphagia. He is also a computer programmer. He pioneered in computer-aided neurophysiological conditioning applications using neuroscience technologies. When appropriate, this approach can lead to improved health, reduced anxiety, and facilitation of neuronal flexibility.

Dr. Julie Madsen is a licensed psychologist, and has been on staff at Eisenhower Medical Center for several years. She has post-doctoral training in psychopharmacology and medical disorders. Like Dr. Grove, she specializes in applied neuroscience applications. A former school teacher, her practice focuses on attentional and emotional problems in individuals, as well as with families, children and the elderly. Where appropriate she will recommend neurofeedback and somatic feedback along with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help deal with the earliest somatic signs of stress reactivity before they become a problem. She specializes in providing care for caregivers, and works with family and/or friends to avoid burnout and improve their quality of life, too.

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