Clinical Neuropsychology Evaluations

What is a Clinical Neuropsychologist?


A Clinical Neuropsychologist is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the relationships between the brain and your behavior. Although a Clinical Neuropsychologist has a doctoral degree in psychology, he/she does not just focus on emotional or psychological problems. A Clinical Neuropsychologist has additional training in the specialty field of neuropsychology. This means that a Clinical Neuropsychologist is educated in brain anatomy, brain function, and brain injury and disease. In addition, a Clinical Neuropsychologist has specialized training in administering and interpreting the specific tests included in a neuropsychological evaluation. 

Who is Qualified to Conduct a Neuropsychological Evaluation?

A neuropsychological evaluation can only be done by a Clinical Psychologist who has had specialized training and experience in the field, which includes: 

  • Formal coursework during graduate school in Neuropsychology
  • Predoctoral training (1 year) in Psychology and Neuropsychology. 
  • Ph.D. or Psy.D in Clinical Psychology with related clinical training
  • Formal Postdoctoral training (2 years) focusing on assessment, treatment and interventions, consultation, research and teaching.  

What is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?

A neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment of cognitive, behavioral and emotional abilities using a standardized test battery.  Various mental functions are systematically tested, including, but not limited to: 

  • Validity, Effort, Motivation, Response Bias
  • Intelligence
  • Academic Achievement
  • Attention/Concentration
  • Language
  • Learning/Memory
  • Executive Functioning (Planning, Organizing, Problem Solving)
  • Fine Motor Coordination/Manual Dexterity
  • Emotion, Behavior, Personality

When is a Neuropsychological Evaluation Needed? 

A neuropsychological evaluation is recommended for any case in which brain-based impairment in cognitive function or behavior is suspected. Typical referrals are made to diagnose or rule out the following conditions, and to describe their impact on a person's cognitive functioning: 

  • Academic and Learning Difficulties
  • Attention Deficit Disorder and Executive Function Weakness
  • Developmental Disorders
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Medical Illness
  • Memory Concerns
  • Emotional/Behavioral Problems
  • Dementing Conditions (e.g., Alzheimer's Disease)


Clinical Neuropsychology Resources

Child and Adolescent Health


Alzheimer’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease


Caregiver Support

Brain Injury

Brain Tumors

Multiple Sclerosis

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