Neuropsychology

The NeuroMedical Center’s Neuropsychology department is comprised of licensed neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, and medical psychologists who specialize in the testing, evaluation, and treatment of patients with a wide variety of neurological and psychological conditions. Through standardized assessment, our psychologists and staff provide expert insight to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of our patients’ psychological health. Our psychologists commonly see patients with a variety of known or suspected neurological conditions including traumatic brain injury (TBI), brain tumors, dementia, ADHD, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, and sleep disorders.

Group photo of The NeuroMedical Center Neuropsychology Department

Neuropsychological evaluations

What is a  neuropsychological evaluation?

A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of your cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning, using a set of standardized tests and procedures.  Numerous mental functions are evaluated including:

  • Intelligence
  • Attention & Concentration
  • Learning & Memory
  • Problem-Solving
  • Language Skills
  • Academic Skills
  • Sensory Perception & Motor Skills
  • Emotions, Behavior, and Personality

When is a neuropsychological evaluation needed?

A neuropsychological evaluation may be recommended by your doctor for any situation in which the functioning of your brain is relevant, such as in the case of:

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Stroke
  • Attention/Learning Problems
  • Brain Tumors
  • Memory Issues
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Chemical Exposure/Substance Abuse
  • Sleep Disorders

What is the neuropsychological evaluation like?

Each neuropsychological exam performed at The NeuroMedical Center is tailored to the needs of the individual patient. To understand an individual’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, our clinicians conduct an initial diagnostic interview and mental status exam.  These tests are conducted one-on-one in a private room with a specialty-trained neuropsychological testers.  Most tests are in paper-and-pencil format and can take 3-5 hours to complete. 

How are the results from a neuropsychological evaluation used?

A referral from your healthcare provider to The NeuroMedical Center’s Neuropsychology department may help your doctor confirm or clarify a diagnosis, or to rule out the possibility of certain conditions.  The results from your neuropsychological evaluation may be used to understand your situation in a number of ways:

  • Differential diagnosis (normal aging vs. dementia)
  • Assess severity of impairment
  • Provide a profile of cognitive strengths and weaknesses to guide treatment, rehabilitation, vocational, or educational decisions
  • Document changes in functioning from prior evaluations, of from effects of treatment
  • Make recommendations for ways you can compensate or cope with cognitive issues
  • Guide referral to other specialists, such as neurologists, speech and language pathologists, and sleep study professionals
Following evaluation, your psychologist at The NeuroMedical Center will work in conjunction with your referring physician to establish an appropriate treatment regimen.  Treatment may involve primary counseling or medication management, or some combination of the two.

MEET OUR PSYCHOLOGISTS

Our Neuropsychology Department offers a seasoned team of experts with exceptional experience and compassion in caring for people with neurologic diseases and disorders. They take the time to meet with patients one-on-one to understand their symptoms, as well as learn how the disorder is affecting their lives and the lives of their families..

CONDITIONS EVALUATED

  • ADHD
  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy & Seizure Disoders
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Head Injuries
  • Memory Problems
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stroke

refer a patient to our neuropsychology department

Neuropsychological assessment is helpful in determining the differential contribution of neurologic and psychiatric factors in a patient’s presenting problems, and in the specification of the patient’s psychological and behavioral strengths and weaknesses related to neurological dysfunction.