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Neuropsychology

One of the services provided by the psychology department is neuropsychological evaluation. Such evaluations are usually requested for patients complaining of decreased cognitive functioning. Examples of perceived impairment include: short or long-term memory loss, attention problems, language impairment, perceptual difficulties, and problem-solving deficits. Evaluations are often used to clarify diagnosis, determine etiology of impairment, quantify functional loss, monitor changes in cognitive functioning, and determine baseline level of cognitive functioning. Neuropsychological evaluation is often quite helpful in determining whether perceived cognitive problems are related to organic brain damage or psychiatric conditions. Furthermore, such evaluation is often essential in accurately diagnosing and differentiating various types of dementia. In addition to diagnostic impressions and description of functional loss and cognitive strengths, clinical evaluation reports include detailed treatment recommendations. Patients in need of neuropsychological evaluation should be referred by primary care or other providers.

 

For answers to questions about the appropriateness of a specific referral or more generally about neuropsychological evaluation, please contact section chief, Dr. Kris Kratz at (602) 277-5551 x7884.

Contact Info

Location

  • ACC, Topaz Clinic

Contact Number(s)

  • 602-277-5551 Ext. 7884

Hours of Operation

  • 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.