Neuropsychological Assessment

Neuropsychological evaluation is an assessment of how one's brain functions, which indirectly yields information about the structural and functional integrity of the brain. Comprehensive psychological, neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessments are available, conducted both in English and Spanish for patients of all ages. We place special attention on evaluating individuals suffering from head trauma, neurological impairment as well as learning disabilities to assist in developing vocational and rehabilitation intervention strategies.

Computer-based technology is available to assist in our ADD & ADHD work-ups. Children, adolescents and adults are seen in both of our offices to evaluate learning and attentional problems. Specialized neuropsychological evaluations are available to airline pilots where highly sensitive tests are of paramount importance. Geropsychological work-ups are available (in office, hospitals and nursing facilities) to assess memory/cognitive functioning for our elderly clients in order to assist families who are facing a wide range of legal, clinical and practical concerns. Please check our specialty clinic section for detailed information.

Utilizing state of the art standarized tests and procedures, we systematically and objectively assess a number of areas including:

  • Intelligence functioning

  • Attention, concentration and learning

  • Verbal and non-verbal memory

  • Language functioning

  • Academic abilities

  • Motor and visuo-motor functions

  • Sensory perceptual functioning

  • Problem solving, conceptualization, planning and organization skills

  • Effort and motivation

  • Emotions, behavior and personality

Reasons for referral

Typical referrals are made to diagnose or rule out disorders such as:

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Neurological disorders (e.g., strokes, tumors, multiple sclerosis)

  • Learning disabilities

  • Attention deficit disorders

  • Psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders

  • Seizure disorders

  • Medical illness

  • Effects of toxic chemicals or substance abuse

  • Dementia

What to expect

After contacting our center, a timely appointment with one our neuropsychologists will be made. Your initial office visit will consist of a one-hour interview. During this first visit a clinician will review your history, discuss the nature of the problem and answer any additional questions or concerns. If the evaluation is for a child, the parent(s) also should attend this initial meeting.

After the clinical interview the clinician will administer a battery of tests. An entire evaluation takes between 2 and 5 hours to complete but can take up to 8 hours depending on the complexity of the issues to be addressed and the patient's condition (for example, fatigue, confusion, and motor slowing can extend the time required for an evaluation). Occasionally, it is necessary to complete the evaluation in 2 or more sessions. In general, the clinician attempts to elicit the patient's best possible performance under optimal conditions. Depending on the reason for the evaluation, a neuropsychological exam may provide:

  • Information regarding strengths and weaknesses to guide rehabilitation, educational, vocational or other services

  • An evidence-based diagnosis to help your primary care physician with treatment approaches

  • Documented changes in functioning since prior examinations, including effects of treatment

  • Recommendations for possible treatment options

  • Referrals to other specialties, such as educational therapists, cognitive rehabilitation professionals, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, special education teachers, vocational counselors, etc.

Once data collection is complete, you will be asked to schedule a follow-up visit, usually in approximately one week. This time is required to score the data, interpret the results and write an evaluation report. At the follow-up appointment we will review the results of the examination together. At this time you will be provided with a detailed explanation of the diagnosis and treatment plan. As stated previously the treatment plan may involve referrals to other specialists, specific therapies, and/or recommendations regarding school placement and programming. We will also advise you regarding any follow-up examinations, if needed.

For further information regarding any of our services, please contact us at 415-457-3451.