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Mary Free Bed’s Neuropsychology Stroke Services

You had a stroke and you want to know what to expect in terms of returning to your life. Mary Free Bed’s neuropsychologists, after a comprehensive assessment, give you and your family a realistic look at what the future holds. They also help you deal with any deficits, such as cognitive impairments or personality changes. Your neuropsychologist develops therapy goals and a care plan, and monitors your recovery progress.

What is a neuropsychologist?

Neuropsychologists specialize in evaluating and treating brain behavior and are trained in the pathology, anatomy, and physiology of the nervous system.

Some neuropsychologists specialize in research and development, while others are experts at evaluating and treating people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, such as a stroke. Mary Free Bed’s staff of neuropsychologists specialize in both areas, helping deliver better patient outcomes.

Neuropsychology Team

The team is led by chief neuropsychologist Jacobus Donders, PhD, who has more than 20 years experience in treating patients and in research. He is board certified in both clinical psychology and rehabilitation psychology. Dr. Donders is widely published and a leading researcher in his field.

Also on staff are five neuropsychologists and psychologists, all with experience evaluating and treating rehabilitation patients. The collective education, patient treatment experience, and research of Mary Free Bed’s neuropsychological team means they understand the effects of your stroke and will determine the steps needed restore your hope and freedom.

Neuropsychological Assessment

Mary Free Bed’s neuropsychological assessments help you, your family, and your doctors understand more about the effects the stroke had on your brain. Your assessment’s results are an important component of deciding your therapy goals and care plan.

Your neuropsychological evaluation assesses the following:

  • Attention, memory, and learning capacity
  • Communication, writing, or reading difficulties
  • Attention or concentration problems
  • Organizing, planning, and multitasking
  • Spatial skills or vision
  • Thinking or confusion
  • Ability to problem solve and conceptualize ideas
  • Language skills
  • Academic skills
  • Perceptual and motor abilities
  • Emotions, behavior, and personality tendencies

Neuropsychological Services

In addition to recommending treatments to make the most of your recovery and potential, the psychologists at Mary Free Bed help you and your family: 

  • Come to terms with the effects of your stroke
  • Identify and overcome barriers to the rehabilitation progress
  • Manage frustrations related to the rehabilitation process
  • Cope with anxiety, depression, or stress related to your stroke

Contact Mary Free Bed’s Neuropsychology Department



For Neuropsychological Referrals

616.242.0395 or 800.668.6001


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