In my practice I conduct comprehensive psychological, neuropsychological, educational, pre-surgical screening, educational, parenting, and forensic assessments. I work with children older than 6 years old, teenagers, and adults.
Neuropsychological assessment involves administering a battery of tests that measure the performance of different brain systems. These test results are examined in the context of a person’s behavior, history and symptoms along with collateral information. This process allows a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses and makes it possible to come up with a treatment plan that is personalized and specific.
A number of tests are very sensitive to impairments that might not be obvious in other ways. An assessment can identify specific weaknesses in memory and thinking. Test results can be used to help differentiate among illnesses, which is important because appropriate treatment depends on accurate diagnosis. Different illnesses result in different patterns of strengths and weaknesses on testing. Therefore, the results can be helpful in determining which areas of the brain might be involved and what illness might be operating. A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment allows to determine if your problems or your child's problems are caused by depression, attention deficits, or other developmental disabilities. Your physician will use this information along with the results of other tests, such as brain imaging and blood tests, to come to the most informed diagnosis possible.
Psychological testing can provide a deeper understanding of your strengths and insight into specific barriers to optimal functioning that are
preventing you from reaching your full potential.
Neuropsychological Evaluation specifies:
- Attention, Concentration and Learning
- Motor and Visual-motor Functions
- Sensory Perceptual Functioning
- Executive (problem solving) and Conceptualization
- Planning and Organizational Skills
- Emotions, behavior, and personality
Neuropsychological evaluation may be recommended to diagnose, rule out, or clarify:
- Neurological disorders (e.g., strokes, tumors, Parkinson's Disease)
- Attention deficit disorders
- Psychiatric or neuropsychiatric disorders
- Effects of chronic substance abuse
- Dementing conditions (e.g., mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's Disease)
An evaluation can take 2 to 14 hours, depending on the specific assessments used, patient's test-taking speed, the complexity of the case, and the extent of the interviews and feedback session.