Neuropsychology & Behavioral Health

Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health looks at brain-behavior relationships following traumatic brain injury, strokes, tumors, dementia, and other neurological problems.

Our board-certified neuropyschologists specialize in the evaluation and treatment of neurological and pain related conditions.  Through specialty Neuropsychological and Psychological evaluations they develop evidence-based treatment plans and recommendations and provide information to treating doctors about your medical condition.

Behavioral treatment approaches used include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), progressive muscle relaxation, pacing with symptom monitoring and other evidence-based behavioral interventions for these medical conditions. The goal of these psychological interventions is generally to reduce emotional distress, return to work, reduce pain and other symptoms, and increase self-regulation of symptoms. 

Neuropsychological Evaluation can help with establishing an appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan for many injuries or conditions:

  • Automobile accident injuries
  • Chronic Pain
  • Concussion
  • Delayed Recovery from injury or surgery
  • Dementia
  • Neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Epilepsy, etc
  • Pain Psychology & Management
  • Personal Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain injury
  • Whiplash

 

Neuropsychological Evaluations are an important part of many determinations:

  • Independent Medical Evaluations (IME’s).
  • Workman’s Compensation Claims.
  • Disability Determinations for Long-term Disability and Social Security Disability.
  • Medical Clinical Decision making and treatment planning.
  • Pre-surgical Evaluation
  • Vocational Planning
  • Educational Planning and accommodations
  • Legal Capacity/Competency Decisions
  • Malpractice

WHAT IS A NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION?

A neuropsychological evaluation involves testing that is sensitive to problems in brain functioning. Unlike CT or MRI scans, which show what the structure of the brain looks like, neuropsychological testing examines how well the brain is working when it performs certain functions (for example, remembering). The types of tests that you will take depend upon the questions you and your doctor have. The tests may assess the following areas: attention and memory, reasoning and problem-solving, visual-spatial functions, language functions, sensory- perceptual functions, motor functions, academic skills, and emotional functioning. The tests are not invasive; that is, they do not involve attaching you to machines or using X-rays.

Psychological Evaluation including health, pain, and rehabilitation psychological assessment looks at psychological, behavioral, and personality factors that affect a person’s response to illness or injury, and recovery. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is used to help the person rid themselves of negative emotions in order to cope better and return to function. It is also used to help people acquire skills for managing pain, emotional distress, social interactions and return to work.

Areas in which Neuropsychological Evaluation is used to develop treatment plans:

  1. Finding possible problems with your brain functioning
  2. Forming a diagnosis
  3. Defining your thinking skill strengths and weaknesses
  4. Guiding treatment for your personal, educational or vocational needs
  5. Making relevant recommendations to your health care provider(s)
  6. Documenting possible changes in your functioning over time

 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THE EVALUATION?

There are at least two ways you might expect to hear about the results of this evaluation. The neuropsychologist may schedule an appointment to go over the results with you and/ or may send you a written report. With your permission, the neuropsychologist may send the results to the doctor or healthcare provider who referred you. This doctor may talk to you about the results of testing on your next office visit. If requested, the neuropsychologist will give you specific recommendations to guide your treatment or otherwise help you in your daily life.