WE OFFER NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL assessment services to examine the effects of disease, brain injury, or developmental disorder on an individual’s cognitive function and behavior. Evaluations are conducted by a clinical neuropsychologist, a licensed psychologist with expertise in the relationships among cognition, behavior, and brain structures and systems.
We receive referrals from a range of professionals including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, neurologists, pediatricians, primary care physicians, geriatricians, and social workers regarding patients who are suspected or known to have problems with cognition and behavior. A typical neuropsychological evaluation will involve assessment of the following areas of function:
- General intellect
- Higher-order executive functions
- Attention and concentration
- Learning and memory
- Visuospatial ability
- Motor and sensory functions
- Mood and personality
The specific areas to be examined, tests selected, and length of assessment depend on the type of disorder suspected, complexity of symptoms, and ultimate purpose of the evaluation, among a host of other factors.
Assessment results can be used to gain an understanding and help you in a number of ways:
- To identify strengths and weaknesses in specific areas.
- To differentiate among illnesses, which is important because appropriate treatment depends on accurate diagnosis.
- To establish a “baseline”, i.e., document a person’s skills prior to or at the early stages of a disorder. In this way, subsequent changes may be measured objectively.
- To assist with treatment planning.
- To provide clinical communication with physicians and mental health professionals.
- To provide documentation for request for special testing accommodations.
Patients sometimes make appointments directly, or are referred from doctors or other psychotherapists who believe that their patient may benefit from neuropsychological assessment. To make an appointment, call 646-200-5088 or email us here.