We are dedicated to excellence in patient care through the study of the cognitive and behavioral changes that can result from medical and brain injuries. We are experts in identifying a patient’s pattern of cognitive and emotional functioning and how this relates to expected brain function.
A neuropsychological evaluation combines tests of cognition, behavior, and emotional functioning. This comprehensive evaluation will help to determine whether cognitive changes are related to symptoms of a medical or neurological illness, a psychological condition, or a normal part of aging. This evaluation is also part of the gold-standard workup for neurosurgery candidates.
We provide neuropsychological evaluations for a wide array of medical and neurological disorders, as well as neurosurgery-specific candidacy evaluations. In addition, our bilingual neuropsychologists are able to provide evaluations in Spanish. We have expertise in the following areas.
- Memory disorders & dementia
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Traumatic brain injury
Prepare For Your Visit
What to expect at your appointment
A neuropsychological evaluation consists of an interview and testing, and lasts approximately three to six hours. During the interview, you will be asked about your cognitive and emotional symptoms, health history and medications, and other important background information.
Neuropsychological Testing: Cognitive testing is designed to assess domains of thinking including attention, processing speed, memory, language, visual spatial abilities, and problem solving. Tests include paper-and-pencil as well as computerized methods. Emotional functioning is evaluated during the clinical interview and supplemented with self-report measures. We often request information from a close relation (family member or caregiver) about the individual’s functioning in daily life. The results from testing will aid your providers in diagnosis, treatment planning, and recommendations to improve your overall well-being.
The neuropsychological evaluation typically includes administration of standardized tests to determine cognitive functioning in the following areas:
- General/baseline intellectual ability
- Processing speed
- Visuospatial abilities
- Executive functioning (problem solving)
- Motor skills
- Behavioral and emotional functioning
What to bring to your appointment
We are very attentive to our patients’ needs. We work with each patient so that they feel as comfortable as possible. We encourage patents to get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast before the appointment. Please bring the following:
- Glasses and hearing aids
- Water and a small snack, if needed
- Reports from any prior neuropsychological testing previously completed
- A family member, friend, or caregiver so they can provide insights into your abilities
Please call us at 203-785-4085 if you have any questions about your appointment.