Neuropsychological Testing and Evaluation Center
Mount Sinai’s Neuropsychology Center provides comprehensive neuropsychological assessments, treatments, and support for adults and children who struggle with cognitive and learning disabilities. We treat patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, academic and developmental delays, disruptive behaviors, situational anxieties, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive impairment, and those who are on the autism spectrum. Our neuropsychologists provide the most effective and compassionate care for each patient.
We also offer information about clinical research trials related to memory, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease conducted at Mount Sinai’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. The Neuropsychological Center is a fee-for-service clinical program. We accept Medicare Part B, and we help with all other insurance claims.
About Neuropsychological Testing
A neuropsychological evaluation includes an interview with the neuropsychologist and a comprehensive battery of standardized written tests. The interview and testing typically takes three to four hours and includes measures of intellectual functioning as well as assessment of mood, behavior, and stress levels.
Neuropsychological testing measures an adult patient’s strengths and weaknesses in attention, behavior, executive functioning, intelligence, language, memory, mood and personality, processing speed, and visual spatial functioning. The testing offered by our Neuropsychology Center includes specialized clinical assessments for the following:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Baseline cognitive functioning
- Cognitive disorder in psychiatric conditions, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Cognitive changes following a medical illness or surgery
- Cognitive changes due to substance abuse
- Competency and capacity
- Dementia assessments for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and Lewy body dementia
- HIV-associated dementia complex
- Language disturbance
- Learning disability
- Memory evaluations related to mild cognitive impairment, dementia, or normal aging
- Traumatic brain injury
Based on these tests, we produce a report that we share with the referring physician that includes a cognitive profile, detailed recommendations, objective information about the patient’s functioning, and specific issues that may be helped with therapeutic intervention.
We may refer the patient to specialists for follow-up care. For example, some recommendations might include the following:
- Consultation with a psychopharmacologist to treat depression or other psychiatric disorders with medication
- Evaluation of the patient’s ability to drive due to cognitive and spatial difficulties
- Meeting with a social worker to determine the appropriate level of home care
We base our diagnostic and treatment approach on innovative research advances and extensive clinical experience, and we provide patients and their families with the insights and tools they need to receive the most effective care possible. We believe that partnership with our colleagues and referring physicians is a key component to the success of our program and your well-being.
Adult Clinical Psychology Internship Program
The Neuropsychology Center in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offers a year-long, full-time pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology. The internship training program is available to matriculated doctoral students in psychology PhD or PsyD programs accredited by the American Psychological Association. The internship program is an APPIC member and is in the process of applying for accreditation (2019). The training program also offers a year-long, 16-hour per week pre-doctoral externship in psychology for doctoral candidates.