Barbara Koltuska-Haskin


Nonfiction: Healthcare/Self-help


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Dr. Barbara Koltuska-Haskin is a Clinical Neuropsychologist in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has over thirty years of clinical experience. She also has a research and academic teaching background. In addition to her doctorate in psychology/neuropsychology, she has a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology and Bachelor of Education degree (valedictorian). 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.

Dr. 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 thirty international applicants. She spent her fellowship year at UCLA’s postdoctoral training program in neuropsychology. She later received her US citizenship as an “alien of exceptional abilities” on the basis of her educational, research in neuropsychology, 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. It was challenging work, but an extensive and meaningful experience. 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 been working full-time in her private practice, providing comprehensive and compassionate care for her New Mexico patients.


Title: HOW MY BRAIN WORKS: A Guide to Understanding It Better and Keeping It Healthy
Publisher: Terra Nova Books (2020)
Genre: Healthcare/Self-help

Comments on the book:
“This is an excellent and clearly written book which will be useful for patients, their families and members of the medical community who treat them.”
~ J. Mitchell Simson MD, MPH, FASAM

“Dr. Koltuska-Haskin’s book is informative, is practical in terms of improving brain functioning, and has helpful nutritional information. Despite a difficult subject, she has written a book that is engaging and easy to read.”
~ Betsy L. Williams, Ph.D. ABN, FACPN

“This book is a must read not only for people who have a history of brain trauma or other neurological diseases, but also for their families and health care providers.”
~ Susan Glacken, MA, LPCC

Awards for How My Brain Works:

  • June 30, 2021: Finalist in the 2021 International Book Awards (Health: Psychology, Mental Health category)
  • September 15, 2021: Silver Medal Winner in the Readers Favorite 2021 International Book Awards (Health-Medical)
  • October 1, 2021: Finalist in the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards (Body, Mind and Spirit category as well as Self-Help and Guides category)
  • October 26, 2021: Distinguished Favorite Award in the New York City Big Book Awards
  • November 14, 2021: Finalist in the Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards (Health/Medicine category)
  • November 30, 2021: 1st Place Winner in the 2021 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards (Health, Diet, Nutrition category)
  • Spring 2022: Finalist in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards, da Vinci Eye category

More News about How My Brain Works:

A winner of seven awards, the book has been translated into Polish and published in Poland.

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