A neuropsychological assessment is a performance-based method to assess cognitive functioning. This method is used to examine the cognitive consequences of brain damage, brain disease, and severe mental illness. Our Neuropsychology program specializes in the relationship between the brain and cognitive, emotional and behavioral functioning and offers neuropsychological assessments to assist providers with diagnosis, treatment planning and ongoing monitoring of a patient’s cognitive status. Jade utilizes a standardized battery of testing to assess patient’s cognitive abilities, including attention, memory and executive functioning (e.g., planning, organizing and problem-solving) as well as linguistic, visuo-perceptual, motor and sensory skills, and their psychological state.
A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment is the only way to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the functional deficits of neurological patients, including those suffering from stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, epilepsy, and brain tumors, among others (McKhann et al., 1984; Roman et al., 1993; Leon-Carrion, ibidem; Martelli et al., 2006). Additionally, the American Academy of Neurology has rated neuropsychological testing as “Established” with Class II evidence and a Type A recommendation and having ICD diagnoses (National Academy of Neuropsychology, 1996).
Our comprehensive diagnostic approach to addressing your mental health allows us to better understand the root of the problems you’ve been experiencing. Their are four main objectives of a neuropsychological assessment: understand the nature of any cognitive or behavioral problems produced by a brain injury, diagnosis any underlying neurological problem, monitor cognitive function and changes over time, and explain changes to an individual’s cognitive actions.