What is Neuropsychological Testing?
A neuropsychological evaluation includes an interview with the neuropsychologist and a comprehensive battery of standardized paper-and-pencil tests of attention, concentration, memory, language, reasoning, and learning strengths and weaknesses. The tests also include measures of intellectual functioning and behavior as well as instruments to assess mood, behavior, and stress levels. The tests result in a thorough cognitive profile which provides the referring doctor with objective information about the patient’s functioning in terms of specific issues that may benefit from intervention.
Each testing is personalized depending on the reason for referral. Specific measures may vary according to the patient’s age, symptoms, and educational background. Following the interview and testing, which typically takes three - four hours, a full, written report, complete with detailed recommendations, is provided to the referring doctor.
Assessment Areas and Clinical Services
Neuropsychological testing measures a patient’s strengths and weaknesses in the following areas:
- Visual-spatial functioning
- Executive functioning
- Processing speed
- Academic achievement
- Mood and personality
The testing offered by our Center includes specialized clinical assessments such as the following:
- Memory evaluations (related to mild cognitive impairment, dementia, normal aging)
- Dementia assessments (for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body dementia)
- Baseline cognitive functioning
- Cognitive disorder in psychiatric conditions (such as depression and PTSD)
- Cognitive changes following medical illness or surgery
- Cognitive changes due to substance abuse
- Traumatic brain injury
- Language disturbance
- Learning disability
- Attention deficit disorder
- Competency / capacity
- HIV-associated dementia complex
Test Results and Recommendations
Following the interview and testing, our Center provides a full written report to the referring physician and / or to the patient and family. Our reports contain objective information about the patient’s functioning, along with detailed recommendations regarding treatment options, referrals to specialists, and follow-up care. For example, some recommendations might include a driving evaluation for patients with cognitive and spatial difficulties, a consultation with a psychopharmacologist for the treatment of depression or other psychiatric disorders, or meeting with a social worker to determine the appropriate level of home care. Our Center also offers 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 Testing and Evaluation Center is a fee-for-service clinical program. We accept Medicare Part B and also facilitate all other insurance claims.