Barbara Koltuska-Haskin, Ph.D.
Barbara Koltuska-Haskin, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico with over 30 years of clinical experience, and the author of How My Brain Works: A Guide to Understanding It Better and Keeping It Healthy. In addition to her doctorate in psychology/neuropsychology, she has a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology and Bachelor of Education degree. She also completed 450 hours of academic coursework in psychopharmacology sponsored by the Southwestern Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy/New Mexico State University Collaborative. She is also a classically trained mezzo-soprano.
Koltuska-Haskin was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. In 1989, she was awarded the AAUW (American Association of University Women) International Fellowship given to one out of 30 international applicants. She spent her fellowship year at UCLA’s postdoctoral training program in neuropsychology. She later received her U.S. citizenship as an “alien of exceptional abilities” on the basis of her educational, research, and clinical achievements. After her fellowship, she worked for many years as a neuropsychologist at the New Mexico State Hospital in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Because she was the only neuropsychologist for the entire San Miguel and Mora Counties area, she was exposed to many types and stages of brain trauma, chronic mental illness, and addiction. She continued working for the state of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and was later a clinical director for a local nonprofit organization. Since 2003, she has worked full-time in her private practice, providing comprehensive and compassionate care.