Neuropsychology involves the assessment of cognition and behavior in people with known, suspected or disputed abnormalities in brain function. A referral from your primary care physician, pediatrician, neurologist or other medical professional is typically required if you want to utilize Mary Free Bed’s outpatient neuropsychology services.
Through interviews, observation and a series of tests that evaluate attention levels, memory, mood and other mental functions, the neuropsychologists at Mary Free Bed will work to determine the presence and nature of abnormal brain function and will assist with treatment planning.
Mary Free Bed employs several neuropsychologists. Doctors Jacobus Donders and Carrie-Ann Strong are both board-certified in clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Mary Free Bed offers brief neuropsychological screenings and comprehensive neuropsychological assessments. We also provide follow-up treatment, including behavioral management consultations and psychotherapy.
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A neuropsychological evaluation involves an interview, observation and various tests with a psychologist who has special expertise in the relationship between the brain and various aspects of human behavior. The goal is to develop an understanding of why your brain might not be functioning in a normal and healthy way and what needs to be done to improve your brain function.
The psychologist may recommend certain types of therapy, but those will most likely need to be approved first by your own doctor and/or your insurance company. Often, the evaluation can help your doctor decide what kind of treatment is needed.
The majority of the neuropsychological evaluations at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital are done at the request of physicians or other service providers. A much smaller number are independent medicolegal evaluations (IMEs), which typically are completed at the request of a lawyer, claims adjuster or other person involved in a case where there is disagreement about the nature or cause of the problem. Under those conditions, the psychologist performing an IME has agreed to do a one-time evaluation and will not continue as your treating doctor.
Below are questions we hear from patients and their families who are interested in learning more about our neuropsychology services.