psychological evaluation with neuropsychological testing

Psychological Evaluations with Neuropsychological Testing at Jones-Wood Psychological

Psychological evaluations may include a variety of neuropsychological tests to measure one’s cognitive abilities. These abilities tested might include:

  • Intellectual abilities (IQ)
  • Reading/reading comprehension
  • Language usage
  • Attention/concentration
  • Processing speed
  • Learning and memory
  • Reasoning
  • Visuospatial skills
  • Mood and personality
  • Executive functions (higher level skills you use to organize and maintain self-control)

Why might I need neuropsychological testing?

  • Confusion
  • Language difficulty
  • Cannot recognize things
  • Cannot recognize familiar persons
  • Poor judgement/decision making; lack of reasoning ability
  • Unexplained change in personality, increase in anxiety or depression, development of delusions or hallucinations
  • Gets lost easily
psychological evaluation with neuropsychological testing
  • Frequently loses items
  • Visuospatial difficulties
    • Difficulty drawing or using a map
  • Poor attention and concentration
    • Does not appear to listen
    • Gets confused in conversation
  • New difficulty with understanding or organization
    • Problems managing bills or finances
  • Changes in short-term memory
    • Asks the same questions repeatedly

Other reasons to seek a psychological evaluation with neuropsychological testing:

  • Seek diagnosis for recent symptoms
  • Seek diagnostic clarification continued, unresolved symptoms
  • Assessment following a traumatic brain injury

What conditions can be diagnosed?

Many different disorders can be diagnosed as a result of comprehensive psychological assessment. These
are the most common ones that can be diagnosed at Jones-Wood Psychological Associates, Inc.:

  • Neurocognitive disorders
    • Dementia
    • Delirium
    • Amnesia
    • Cognitive disorders due to:
      • Traumatic brain injury
      • Parkinson’s disease
      • Alzheimer’s disease
      • Huntington’s disease
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • ADHD
    • Intellectual disability
    • Specific learning disorders

What testing would not be performed?

A neuropsychological exam is different than the medical tests that might be utilized by a neurologist. Brain imaging (MRI, fMRI, CAT scan, PET scan, EEG) is not performed at Jones-Wood Psychological Associates, Inc. However, we will recommend to your physician that you obtain such imaging to explore medical causes for presenting symptoms when necessary.

How long does a psychological exam with neuropsychological testing take?

The length of time for testing varies considerably, depending on the nature of the issue and reason for
examination. It typically takes between 3 and 6 hours.

Our Jones-Wood Psychological Associates, Inc. psychologists that conduct these evaluations are:

Lynn A. Luna Jones, Ph.D. (Independent medical evaluation) ABPP
Lynn A. Luna Jones, PhD, ABPP
Arcangela Wood - psychologist
Arcangela Wood, PsyD

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