A neuropsychological assessment involves the evaluation of cognitive abilities and psychiatric functioning using a battery of standardized assessment measures. These evaluations can be used to help diagnose or rule out conditions as well as to describe the impact of a condition on a person’s functioning.
A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment typically involves evaluation of the following areas:
- Intellectual abilities (e.g., IQ).
- Ability to learn and remember.
- Language functions.
- Visual spatial skills.
- Executive functioning (e.g., planning, organization).
- Academic achievement.
- Personality/emotional functioning.
As part of the neuropsychological assessment, an in-depth clinical interview is conducted, a comprehensive history is taken, and all available medical, psychiatric, vocational, and educational records are reviewed. Findings are summarized in a detailed report and face-to-face feedback is provided. Consultation to schools or other agencies is provided as part of the overall evaluation.
Who is qualified to conduct a neuropsychological assessment?
A neuropsychological evaluation can be performed by a licensed psychologist with formal predoctoral and postdoctoral training focusing on brain-behavior relationships and neuropsychological assessment.
Are all neuropsychological assessments the same?
No. Although there are some central components involved in most evaluations, each neuropsychological evaluation is tailored to the needs of the individual client and referral question in order to yield the most comprehensive information.
How are the assessment results used?
- Confirm or clarify diagnosis or disability.
- Document changes in functioning.
- Develop a profile of strengths and weaknesses to guide treatment planning (e.g., rehabilitation, vocational, educational or other
- Provide appropriate compensatory strategies.
- Refer to other specialists such as cognitive rehabilitation professionals, neurologists, psychiatrists, or vocational counselors.
Who can benefit?
Individuals or families who suspect memory problems, attention deficit disorder, or other cognitive deficits, as well as persons with brain injury, concussion, or neurological illness.
We also provide consultation to medical practitioners, attorneys, insurance companies, case managers, school counselors and an array of other professionals
Neuropsychological Consulting of New York offers high quality forensic neuropsychological services addressing a wide range of civil and criminal issues. Assessment of response bias, malingering, collateral sources of information, and records analysis are all essential components of the forensic evaluation.
Our clients include both individual litigants and major disability, workers compensation, no-fault, and liability insurance carriers.
Forensic services we provide:
- Psychological and neuropsychological IME’s
- Malingering and deception
- Neurological and emotional civil damages (e.g., toxic tort, PTSD, brain injury)
- Civil competency evaluations
- Capital and non-capital mitigating factors and post-trial treatment recommendations
- Competency to stand trial and waive rights
- Criminal responsibility
- Violence risk assessments
Fitness for Duty Evaluations:
On the job difficulties may be experienced even by well-trained, professional personnel. Fitness for duty evaluations are sought by employers when making administrative decisions based at least in part on an employees’ cognitive and/or psychological status.
These evaluations are appropriate to:
- Address employees’ performance issues
- Manage problem behaviors
- Consider accommodations for employees
- Assess return to work adjustment issues
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we provide cognitive and academic achievement testing for possible ADHD, Learning Disability, or other neurological deficit that may indicate the need for testing accommodations in the classroom or for standardized testing (e.g., SAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, Bar Exam, Series 7). Our evaluations are designed to ensure objectivity and we use only nationally recognized, well-validated assessment instruments.
Neuropsychological Consulting of New York can help employers identify potential problems before they arise by conducting in-depth, insightful employment evaluations and profiles to help determine a potential employees’ suitability for a position. These evaluations consist of in-depth clinical interview and standardized testing designed to assess an individual’s intellectual skills, learning ability, behavioral disposition and emotional functioning.
These evaluations may help your organization:
- Determine performance
- Identify potential problems
- Reduce turnover
- Increase quality of employees
The psychodiagnostic assessment focuses on description of thought processes, personality characteristics, and mood states. These evaluations are used to ensure diagnostic accuracy and to assist the clinician in planning appropriate treatment for the individual.
Recovery from an injury, or adjustment to illness or other life-changing event can bring with it considerable psychological distress. Our psychotherapeutic interventions combine supportive understanding with proven therapeutic techniques to improve emotional functioning and enhance life satisfaction.
Although many people who seek psychotherapy have difficulties with problems such as depression and anxiety, there are several other common reasons to seek out psychotherapy.
- Impulse control and anger/frustration problems
- Social skills development
- Excessive stress, tension, and worry
- Self-destructive or self-defeating behaviors
- Marital and other relationship issues
- Job and career issues
- Wellness and personal growth