What is a neuropsychological assessment?
Neuropsychology is the study of brain-behavior relationships. Neuropsychological assessment is the practice of measuring brain function with objective tests and methods that are evidence-based (e.g., shown through research to be reliable and valid for measuring brain-behavior relationships).
How can a neuropsychological assessment help?
Neuropsychological assessment is helpful for diagnosing and treating central nervous system illnesses or injuries that impact brain function.
For example, by identifying cognitive strengths and weaknesses for disorders like multiple sclerosis, dementia, ADHD, learning disabilities, concussion or stroke, the neuropsychological assessment can help direct educational plans or rehabilitation services. Neuropsychological assessment is also used to monitor change in brain-behavior function over time either as a result of recovery or improvement of symptoms or as a result of progressive decline or worsening of symptoms. Neuropsychological data is sometimes used in legal cases and disputes.
What does Drexel’s Neuropsychological Assessment Services offer?
The Neuropsychological Assessment Services at Drexel’s PSC offers specialized assessments for adults (i.e., 18 years of age and up) with a range of cognitive and behavioral concerns stemming from an illness or injury that impacts central nervous system function. These concerns may include:
- ongoing or new problems with attention
- executive control
- learning and memory
- other symptoms associated with a range of neurological conditions
What can I expect when I schedule a neuropsychological assessment at Drexel’s PSC?
Our assessments have three main components: a clinical interview, a comprehensive testing session and a feedback session.
- The clinical interview allows us to gather information about why you are seeking an assessment and what you hope to learn or gain from it, so we can take a careful history tailored to the needs of your assessment.
- During the comprehensive testing session we will administer a series of cognitive tasks and self-report questionnaires that measure brain-behavior relationships and psychological adjustment. The interview and testing session can be completed in about 5-6 hours, and may take place in a single session or spread out over a few sessions, with breaks as needed.
- Once the interview and testing are complete, we will combine all the information we gather into a comprehensive report that we will review and discuss with you during a single 1-hour feedback session. Because it will take some time to review and compile the data we gather, your feedback session will be scheduled for 2-3 weeks after your testing session.