What is Neuropsychology?
Neuropsychological testing is a comprehensive procedure that measures and identifies the interaction between cognition and psychological functioning and their impact on academic, professional, interpersonal and daily behavior. This sort of comprehensive testing is recommended for cases in which a detailed but general overview of functioning is requested.
Neuropsychological testing provides quantifiable data about the following mental functions:
Short-term and long-term memory
Problem solving and conceptualizing
Ability to learn new skills and solve problems
Attention, concentration, and distractibility
Logical and abstract reasoning functions
Ability to understand and express language
Visual-spatial organization Visual-motor coordination
Planning, synthesizing and organizing abilities
Functional impacts on learning and information recall
Concept Formation and Reasoning
Academic Ability and Achievement
Emotional and Behavioral Status
Rationale and Purpose
By using standardized tests, neuropsychologists obtain information that is necessary in an overall diagnostic work-up and can offer referring providers important information often necessary for:
Assessment of cognitive impairment and areas of preserved functioning related to a neurological injury or disease.
Diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disorder in adults and children.
Diagnosis of dementia (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease) for patients complaining of memory problems.
Differential diagnosis between psychological and organic causes of cognitive dysfunction.
Recommendations for reasonable accommodations at work or school as per the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Monitoring functioning over time in a patient taking medication for cognitive dysfunction.
Throughout the evaluation process, you will be working with licensed professionals at all times. To meet the doctors, click the link below.
Dr. Caster has been conducting psychological assessments for individuals in the process of preparing for weight loss surgery for many years. The evaluation is broken down into two appointments. For the first appointment, the patient comes into the office and takes several computerized psychological measures and submits the completed background history information forms. The second appointment is face-to-face with Dr. Caster and includes a comprehensive clinical interview lasting approximately 60-minutes. Subsequent to attending both appointments, Dr. Caster writes a thorough report assessing the patient's strengths, weaknesses, and ways to bolster his or her likelihood of long-term success prior to undergoing weight loss surgery. Findings are transmitted to the patient's referring provider and results are discussed in great detail at the time of the second appointment.