A neuropsychological evaluation is the assessment of cognition, mood, personality, and behavior via a set of objective standardized tests, in conjunction to a clinical interview and behavior observations. Through such an approach, the neuropsychologist is able to determine the neurological correlates of symptoms and status of brain functioning.
Testing entails the evaluation of several cognitive domains such as attention and concentration, memory, intelligence, visuospatial/visuoconstruction, reasoning, executive functions, and language. Additional areas are assessed depending upon the reason for referral. Most neuropsychological evaluations also include the assessment of mood and personality.
The results of a neuropsychological evaluation are helpful in several ways. Some of the reasons include the
- determination and/or clarification of a diagnosis
- determination of an individual’s response to neurological treatment
- determination of an individual’s cognitive/psychological fitness to return to work subsequent to an injury or illness.
- determination of baseline cognitive/ emotional status prior to neurological interventions.
- determination of treatment recommendations to address neuropsychological issues.
Dr. Freeman’s population of patients are adults (18 and older), who are typically referred to establish the presence/ absence of:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, etc)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (cognitive/psychological status)
- Cognitive deficits associated with a medical condition (e.g., sleep apnea, cardiac disease)
- Cognitive deficits associated with a psychiatric condition
- Personality/psychological factors that may hinder medical interventions
© 2010 Dr. Rhonda Freeman