Neuropsychological Assessments

What is a Neuropsychological Assessment?1
Pediatric neuropsychology is a profession concerned with learning and behavior in relation to a child’s brain functioning. I am a licensed psychologist with expertise in how learning and behavior are related to the development of brain structures and systems. A neuropsychological assessment includes formal testing of aspects of brain functioning (e.g. attention, memory, language and visual processing skills). The assessment process includes caregiver/parent interview (s), collateral information, record review, behavioral observations, formalized testing of cognitive, academic and psychological functioning, scoring and interpretation of test results, formulation of recommendations, and meetings with relevant parties to review results. The scope of an assessment is tailored to a child’s age, needs and presenting concerns.

At the conclusion of the process, I provide families with a range of recommendations aimed at supporting a child in a variety of settings (e.g. home, academic, community). After an assessment I typically stay involved as a resource and advocate. I often work closely with schools, parents, physicians, therapists and other treatment providers during and after an assessment.

1 Adapted from the American Psychological Associated Division 40.