A neuropsychological evaluation focuses on etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of impairment due to brain dysfunction from neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders as well as acquired brain injury. Dr. Maclean's practice focuses on acquired brain dysfunction, primarily traumatic brain injury.
A neuropsychological evaluation includes assessment of cognitive, emotional, behavioral and physical functioning as well as personality and interpersonal functioning. The individual is interviewed and undergoes testing as well as deriving information from collateral sources, including medical documents and family or friends. Imaging of the brain can be helpful in determining areas of intact and/or compromised brain structure.
Testing provides an understanding of impairment relative to brain pathology. An individual's performance on specialized measures is used to determine current functioning and the degree of impairment across a number of areas, including attention and concentration, learning and memory, speech and language, visuospatial and perceptual abilities, sensory and motor functioning, and decision-making, planning, and problem-solving.
A neuropsychological assessment often includes evaluation of psychological problems and physical functioning, particularly pain and coping behavior. The length of the evaluation depends on the complexity of the case and the information sought by the referral source, but usually takes place over two days. Repeated neuropsychological evaluations can be performed in order to determine improvement or deterioration of over time.
Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment Services