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Clinical neuropsychology is a specialty of psychology that focuses on brain function.
A neuropsychologist has a doctoral degree in psychology and additional specialized training in brain anatomy, brain function, and brain injury and disease.
CHI Health Neuropsychological evaluations are conducted to assist physicians, patients, and their families in the diagnosis and treatment of difficulties or changes in thinking, memory, language, mood, and personality. A neuropsychological evaluation can:
A neuropsychological evaluation usually consists of an interview with the clinical neuropsychologist, and then testing, at times by a specially-trained technician. During the interview, the patient may be asked about their symptoms, medical history, medications, and other information that is important in addressing cognitive concerns. Testing involves taking standardized paper and pencil or computerized tests and answering questions. The length of the examination will depend on the problem being assessed. In general, evaluations last 3 to 6 hours, and testing usually is paid for by insurance.
Changes in thinking and behavior may be due to any number of medical, neurological, psychological, or developmental causes, including dementia, stroke, head injury, chronic heart and pulmonary diseases, liver failure, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral aneurysm, brain tumor, depression, psychosis, learning disability, attention deficit disorders, sleep disorders, and/or the effects of medication, medical treatments, and brain surgery.
Healthcare providers might consider referring for a neuropsychological evaluation if patients and/or their family members express concerns about:
Neuropsychological Evaluations include a detailed clinical interview, review of relevant records, and the administration of a wide variety of paper-pencil and computer-based tests.
To obtain a neuropsychological assessment, you will need a doctor's referral. To schedule a neuropsychological assessment, please call (402) 572-2169.