What is a neuropsychologist?
A neuropsychologist is a clinical psychologist that has obtained at least 2 years of post-doctoral training in the specialized subfield of Neuropsychology. Neuropsychology is the study of brain structures, brain functioning, and brain abnormalities and how these relate to psychological processes and behavior. That is, neuropsychologists examine what areas of the brain are responsible for or impacting thinking, mood, and behavior and help to determine if such areas are functioning properly. Most neuropsychologists do not prescribe medications.
Why should I visit a neuropsychologist?
Neuropsychologists can provide the general services of a clinical psychologist to address issues such as depression and anxiety, but are equally equipped to assess and treat these issues if they happen to be residual effects of a brain injury. However, potential patients do not need to be brain injury survivors to visit a neuropsychologist.
What does a neuropsychological evaluation entail?
Neuropsychological testing is a battery of assessments that can be administered by computer, paper-and-pencil, or both. Neuropsychologists can gain information about an examinee’s cognitive, motor, and behavioral functioning from test results. This information is interpreted in conjunction with neuroimaging (i.e., MRI, CAT scans), clinical reports, and other data. The information gained can assist with diagnosis, treatment planning, and appropriate referrals.