A neuropsychologist is a doctoral level psychologist who has received specialty training in evaluating and treating patients with various neurologic and psychiatric conditions. Neuropsychologists at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center have particular experience in working with patients with epilepsy. They provide important information to the neurologist and the treatment team regarding the patient's cognitive and behavioral functioning. Services offered by neuropsychologists at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center include neuropsychological testing, the intracarotid sodium amytal procedure (Wada Test), and Brain Mapping. Neuropsychology staff members also provide a range of treatments including individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and cognitive remediation.
Neuropsychological testing involves taking a battery of standardized of attention, memory, language, and other cognitive functions. The tests also include more general measures of intellectual functioning and behavior. The tests provide important details about cognitive and behavioral functioning. The results provide the doctor and treatment team with objective information regarding level of performance and the presence of any specific strengths or weaknesses in cognitive functioning or areas of concerns in other aspects of behavior. The nature of the testing depends on a number of factors, including the nature of the epilepsy and the treatment plan. The types of tests administered are also determined by the age, level of development, and background of the patient, as well as the ability to become engaged in the testing. A neuropsychological evaluation includes an interview, testing, and an opportunity to obtain feedback on the results. The examination typically takes between 3-5 hours to complete. These evaluations are performed routinely on patients undergoing inpatient monitoring at the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. It can also be completed on an outpatient basis by appointment.
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Download the Brochure from Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) of the American Psychological Association on testing for adults.
Download the Brochure from Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) of the American Psychological Association on testing for children.