The TabCAT mission is to share widely with a diverse research and clinical community psychometrically robust and user-friendly cognitive tasks that have demonstrated high value for answering important questions about brain health and to enable easy and secure access of data for both research and clinical applications.

The Tablet-based Cognitive Assessment Tool (TabCAT) is a software platform developed at UCSF for the administration of clinical and research tools and for the secure storage of, and access to, the data collected. The variety of tools available on TabCAT includes cognitive tests of executive function (including NIH EXAMINER subtests), memory, visuospatial skills and socioemotional functions, as well as symptom questionnaires. Many tests are available in multiple languages. TabCAT is primarily supported by grant funding.

“The Brain Health Assessment for Detecting and Diagnosing Neurocognitive Disorders,” presents the published results of the validation study.


One of the most widely used batteries on TabCAT is the UCSF Brain Health Assessment (BHA), which was developed for the efficient detection of mild neurocognitive disorders in primary care settings. This assessment evaluates cognitive skills that are commonly affected by neurocognitive disorders including memory, executive/speed, visuospatial, and language. An optional 3-minute informant survey is also available to provide information about the level of functional impairment and behavioral changes. The BHA can be administered in 10 minutes, and scoring is automated. It also features an automated text-based report that summarizes the performance and supports care decisions. At UCSF, the report has been integrated into the electronic health record (Epic). The BHA is validated for use in research, dementia specialty care centers and primary care.

TabCAT is comprised of an application that is compatible with certain versions of the Apple iPad and an administrative website. Currently supported iPads are:

  • 2016 iPad Pro, 1st gen, 9.7in
  • 2017 iPad, 5th gen, 9.7in
  • 2017 iPad Pro, 2nd gen, 10.5in
  • 2018 iPad, 6th gen, 9.7in
  • 2019 iPad Air, 3rd gen, 10.5in
  • 2019 iPad, 7th gen, 10.2in
  • 2020 iPad, 8th gen, 10.2in

Data collected on the tablets are stored locally until the user uploads the data to a secure server, hosted at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. The administrative website allows users to customize testing batteries, manage study personnel and download data.

To request to use TabCAT or to request more information about using TabCAT in your research or clinical setting, please contact [email protected]. All users must agree to a Use Agreement. There are limitations to clinical use outside of UCSF; specifically, your institution may restrict you from entering personal health information into TabCAT or may require a higher service level for the software than our academic group can consistently provide. Our team will work with you to assist you on how to best fit TabCAT into your clinical workflow.

If you are already using TabCAT, please reference the TabCAT User Manual for help on installing, managing your study and data, and troubleshooting. Please contact [email protected] to access administration guidelines for each task.

TabCAT Team

Postdoctoral Researcher

TabCAT Alumni