Adult Neuropsychological Assessment Services

Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Adult Neuropsychological Assessment Services

Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Neuropsychology is a specialty profession that focuses on the relationship between brain functioning and behavior. Specifically, neuropsychological assessment can provide useful information about how different systems of the brain are functioning through objective testing of various mental abilities. This is usually warranted when there are symptoms or complaints involving memory or other thinking skills.

Compared to traditional psychological assessment, neuropsychological testing focuses more on measuring higher cognitive processes (intelligence, learning and memory, visuospatial abilities, language, etc.) than personality traits or emotional functioning. However, examination of mood and behavior is often an important component of a neuropsychological assessment.

A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation typically involves a clinical interview with the patient and caregivers, administration of standardized tests that measure a wide range of abilities and symptoms, and discussion of the test results and treatment recommendations. The length of testing is flexible, depending on factors like the reason for referral and what is reasonable for each person, but is typically two to four hours.

Who we treat

This service cares for adults (ages 18+) with a known or suspected neurocognitive deficit. Services for children and adolescents are offered separately. A referral is required.

We do not accept workers’ compensation and active motor vehicle accident insurance.

Occasions where it may be beneficial to have a neuropsychological evaluation include:

  • Diagnostic clarity and treatment planning (for example, distinguishing Alzheimer’s dementia vs. vascular dementia vs. depression)
  • Early identification and differentiation of neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration
  • Objective monitoring of disease progression
  • Determining surgical or treatment candidacy (for example, epilepsy surgery or deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease
  • Identifying and quantifying cognitive deficits that may impact functioning in important life areas

There are some types of evaluations that we do not provide, or at certain times, may not be appropriate for us to see someone, such as:

  • When someone has delirium, advanced dementia, active psychosis, active substance abuse or severe psychiatric symptoms
  • Evaluations for legal purposes (legal cases, immigration cases, capacity questions, guardianship, etc.); disability determination, exclusively for psychological or personality assessment; and for diagnosis of neurodevelopmental conditions, such as autism, ADHD or learning disabilities