Neuropsychology is a specialty that focuses on brain functioning. A neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with expertise in how behavior and skills are related to brain structures and systems. Neuropsychology evaluates brain function by testing memory and thinking skills.
Why Have I Been Referred to Neuropsychology?
You've been asked to have a neuropsychological evaluation to help your doctors and other professionals understand how the different areas and systems of your brain are working. This is especially important after a stroke, head trauma, neurosurgery, or in any case where changes in brain functioning may be seen due to medical factors.
How Are Test Scores Used to Understand My Specific Situation?
Your test scores are compared to scores from people who are similar to you in age and educational background, etc. This way, the neuropsychologist can judge whether or not your scores are normal for you. The pattern of your own test scores will also be reviewed to estimate whether or not there has been a change in certain abilities.
What Should I Expect?
You will be asked about your symptoms, medical history, medications, and other important factors. You will also be tested to assess your brain functionality. Testing involves taking paper and pencil or computerized tests and answering questions. Bring glasses or hearing aids if you use them. You will probably find the tests interesting, and the detailed information gathered from your tests will help the neuropsychologist develop your treatment.
What Will the Test Results Tell Me?
Test results are used to understand your situation in a number of ways. Testing can identify problems in specific areas of the brain. The tests are very sensitive to mild memory and thinking problems that might not be obvious in other ways. When problems are very mild, testing may be the only way to detect them.
Your results will help the doctors understand what problems you may have in everyday life, and will be used to develop a treatment plan. For example, the results can help to plan and monitor rehabilitation or to follow the recovery skills after a stroke.
Making An Appointment
You will need a referral from your Primary Care Physician or another specialist to make an appointment with our program. Have your physician's office call our office at (585) 275-3271, option 3.
** If it is required, a referral MUST be in place before an appointment can be made.
Where We're Located
Our neuropsychologists, Dr. Amy Pacos Martinez and Dr. Renee Madathil, see patients at our Clinton Crossings outpatient office located at:
4901 Lac Deville Blvd, Bldg D
Rochester, NY 14618