What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Neuropsychology is the study of how behavior and thinking skills are related to the brain, including its structures and systems. Brain function is assessed through the use of noninvasive tests, primarily verbal and paper and pencil type tasks. No shots, no pills, no x-rays, no physical examination!
The neuropsychological evaluation is far more comprehensive and sophisticated than a standard psychological evaluation. Cognitive areas assessed for potential dysfunction include: attention, memory, visual-spatial functioning, language skills, higher level problem-solving, and visual-motor speed and coordination.
The assessment also examines emotional and motivational issues. You might be requested to remember information or solve puzzles. The pattern of strengths and weaknesses is used to assist diagnosis and for health care treatment planning, work capacity, appropriateness for cognitive rehabilitation, behavior management, psychotherapy or psychiatric medication management.
The Neuropsychological Evaluation includes an in-depth interview as well as actual testing. The total time for test administration can be short (an hour or two) or lengthy (6 hours in one day and sometimes over 2 days depending on the nature and type of referral question. The evaluation report is usually completed in approximately 2 weeks but can also vary depending on the circumstances. Some cases involve litigation and the evaluation must be comprehensive enough to withstand courtroom examination. Several CMPS staff are board certified in different areas of Neuropsychology and Psychology and have litigation and courtroom experience; this is the highest level of documentation of proficiency.