What is clinical neuropsychology?

Neuropsychology is concerned with brain-behavior relationships. Clinical neuropsychological assessment can provide a range of information to referring physicians, and also add a valuable piece of information in conceptualizing complex symptom presentations. Neuropsychological testing is becoming an increasingly common component of the diagnostic workup for patients with known or suspected neurological conditions.

What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

A neuropsychological evaluation is designed to objectively assess an individual’s cognitive and psychological functioning. This is accomplished using a variety of interactive tests- the majority of which have been rigorously researched and standardized- that assess different type of cognitive functions such as: attention, memory, visual-spatial perception, processing speed, language skills, academic functioning, problem-solving, judgment, flexible thinking, and adaptive functioning. In addition, testing also includes screening for different psychiatric and behavioral factors, with particular attention to how these can impact thinking and also with an eye toward providing a comprehensive whole-person diagnosis.

Conditions commonly referred include:

Dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy Body dementia, Frontotemporal dementia)

Parkinson’s disease

Cerebrovascular accidents

Tumors

Multiple Sclerosis

Epilepsy

Traumatic brain injury

Concussions

ADHD

Learning disabilities

Psychiatric disorders