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Neuropsychology focuses on how different areas and systems of the brain are working and affecting behavior. A neuropsychological evaluation can:

  • Identify a person’s pattern of cognitive strengths and challenges
  • Help to better understand what could be causing problems with thinking, understanding, learning, and memory
  • Assist with clarifying diagnosis
  • Establish a baseline of functioning and track changes overtime
  • Monitor the progress and response to interventions
  • Guide treatment recommendations
  • Provide strategies to help a person succeed in school, at work, and at home

A clinical neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with specialized training in how behavior and skills are related to brain structures and function. Our neuropsychologists evaluate (or “test") patients of all ages with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Autism
  • Learning disabilities
  • Genetic disorders (e.g., Down syndrome)
  • Brain tumor/cancer
  • Concussion/traumatic brain injury
  • Cognitive changes from alcohol or drug use
  • Seizures/epilepsy
  • Demyelinating diseases (e.g., multiple sclerosis)
  • Stroke
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease)
  • Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia

A person might benefit from neuropsychological evaluation if they are experiencing any of the following concerns:

  • Noticeable changes in thinking or memory
  • Attention and learning-related problems
  • Difficulties with reasoning and problem solving
  • Emotional and behavior dysregulation (e.g., poor impulse control, frequent mood changes, etc.)
  • Social difficulties
  • Language difficulties, such as trouble finding words or getting confused in conversation
  • Increased difficulty with activities of daily living such as preparing meals, remembering to take medications, or managing bills
  • Changes in personality or behavior, such as unexplained increases in anxiety, depression, or agitation
  • Other unexplained changes in functioning or problems in school, at work, at home, and/or social functioning

What is involved in a neuropsychological evaluation?

  • A clinical interview: The interview is usually completed with the patient and/or family member(s) to gather information about the patient’s history and current changes or concerns in the patient’s functioning. This appointment typically takes 1 to 2 hours.
  • Testing: Testing involves completing paper-and-pencil and/or computerized mental tests and answering questions. Testing usually lasts 3 to 6 hours, depending on the problem being evaluated.
  • Feedback: Feedback sessions are offered to review evaluation results and recommendations with the individual, family, and/or other caregivers. A written report is provided to the referring provider.

View our Neuropsychological Services brochure here. Click for new patient information, including referral and insurance information, and patient forms. Neuropsychological services require a referral from a provider. Referrals for neuropsychological services can be faxed to 860-748-4432. For more information about our services, please contact us at 860-270-0600 x100 or

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