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Psychological Evaluations that include Neuropsychological Testing

How Can a Neuropsychological Assessment Help?
Neuropsychological assessment is often helpful toward determining an accurate diagnosis, when there are changes or concerns about functioning or competency. 
Neuropsychological assessment can often detect neurological illness or disturbances in neurological status before these are apparent on routine neurological examinations, though neuropsychological testing is not a substitute for neurological consultation or medical testing.  Neuropsychological assessment helps to increase understanding of the behavioral, cognitive, emotional, and functional impact of brain dysfunction noted by the test results.

What Kinds of Problems Require a Neuropsychological Assessment?
Concerns related to intelligence (IQ), personality, emotional adjustment, and learning disabilities are frequently explored within a neuropsychological assessment.   Memory problems, the possibility of dementia, problems with language skills, nonverbal skills, and sensory and motor skills may also benefit from this specialized assessment approach.   The consequences of stroke, anoxia, neurological illnesses and injuries can be revealed by neuropsychological assessment.  People who have experienced brain injuries,  toxic exposure,  the effects of medication, and chronic substance abuse benefit from the targeted recommendations for recovery that are possible from neuropsychological assessment data.  Finally, neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD benefit from a comprehensive approach to assessment that includes an evaluation that screens for co-existing problems, such as auditory processing problems and other learning difficulties.

How are Neuropsychological Assessments Conducted?
Neuropsychological Assessment involves administering and interpreting specialized psychological tests.  The test battery consists of  assessment measures that will best address the questions that resulted in the referral for the evaluation.  The test results are integrated with data that is collected regarding current and past symptoms. Observations, information about developmental, biological, social, educational, and life experiences are gathered during an interview process. 

Can Children and Adolescents Benefit from Neuropsychological Assessment?
Yes. We have an extensive collection of psychological and neuropsychological tests that are tailored to the needs of preschool children, school-age children, adolescents, and adults.


An assessment battery is designed to provide data regarding the specific problems that are demonstrated.  Most often, an assessment seeks to answer a number of different questions.  Clinical Staff at NEOBH have experience and training in the administration and interpretation of a wide variety of assessment measures that can provide answers regarding the sources of puzzling symptoms and functional difficulties.

Tests for the Assessment of Personality and Mental Health Symptoms:
Tests within this category provide data regarding the presence of mental health disorders  such as Major Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Somatoform Disorders.  These kinds of tests can also help to identify  problematic personality traits such as Histrionic, Antisocial, Borderline, Paranoid, and Schizoid Personality Disorders.
Some tests have validity scales which help to whether or not malingering as well as efforts to appear unreasonably virtuous may have affected the rests results.

Tests that assess Mental Health concerns include:
The Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-2), Children's Apperception Test (CAT), Eating Disorder Inventory (EDI-2), Geriatric Depression Rating Scale, Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2, MMPI-RF, and MMPI-Adolescent), Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), Rorschach Inkblot Technique, Rotter Incomplete Sentence Blanks, Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI), Adult Manifest Anxiety Scale (AMAS), Differential Assessment of Post-Traumatic Stress (DAPS)

Tests for the Evaluation of Visual-Motor Problems:
Beery Test of Visual Motor Integration (VMI), Bender-Gestalt-II, Benton Judgment of Line Orientation (BJOLO), Benton Visual Form Discrimination Test (BVFD), Hooper Visual Organization Test (HVOT), Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure (RCFT)
Tests for Language Difficulties and Related Language Skills:
These tests are designed to assess verbal fluency, receptive and expressive language skills, as well as auditory processing and comprehension. Tests within this category include:  Boston Naming Test (BNT), Clinical Evaluation of Language Functioning (CELF), Multilingual Aphasia Examination, Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT), Reitan-Indiana Aphasia Screening Test (RIAST), Test of Adolescent Language (TOAL), Test of Written Language (TOWL), Token Test

Assessment of Memory and Learning Capacity:
California Verbal Learning Test - II (CVLT-II), Continuous Visual Memory Test (CVMT), Mattis Dementia Rating Scale (MDRS), , Tests of Memory and Learning (TOMAL), Wechsler Memory Scale–III/IV (WMS-III and IV), Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning (WRAML-2)

Tests of Assessment Validity:

These tests are designed to assess effort, the validity of memory and neuropsychological tests, response bias, and suboptimal effort. In addition, many neuropsychological tests have built-in measures or scales which help assess validity and effort. Tests of Neuropsychological Malingering (TNM-Memory), Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM), Rey Fifteen Item Test, Green's Word Memory Test (WMT), Victoria Symptom Validity Test, Rey 15-Item Test represent a sample of the tests that may be used for this purpose. 

Additional tests such as the MMPI-2, MMPI-2-RF, and PAI include scales which examine for response bias that may be present when a person is responding to self-report inventories.  Measures such as the Structured Inventory of Malingered Symptoms (SIMS) may be helpful for assessing atypical psychiatric, cognitive or memory complaints.

Behavioral Rating Scales:
Achenbach Child Behavior Checklist, Conners’ Rating Scales - Revised (CPRS and CTRS), Parenting Stress Inventory (PSI), Adaptive Behavior Assessment System (ABAS-II), Gilliam Asperger’s Disorders Scale (GADS), Gilliam Autism Rating Scale (GARS)

The Assessment of Attention and Related Abilities:
Continuous Performance Test (CPT), GFW Test of Selective Auditory Attention, Seashore Rhythm Test (SRT), Speech Sounds Perception Test (SSPT)

Tests of Sensory, Motor, Coordination and Related Skills:
Grip Strength, Finger Oscillation, Grooved Pegboard, Reitan-Klove Lateral Dominance Examination (RKLDE), Reitan-Klove Sensory-Perceptual Examination, Tactual Performance Test (TPT)

The Assessment of Competency and Adaptive Functioning:
Adaptive Behavior Assessment System II (ABAS-II), Independent Living Scale (ILS) Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale (Vineland-II)

Occupational/Career Assessment:
Career Assessment Inventory (CAI), Self Directed Search (SDS)

The Evaluation of Executive Function and Miscellaneous Neuropsychological Tests:
Stroop Word Color Test, Trail Making Test (TMT), Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST), Category Test (computer and booklet forms for children, adolescents, and adults), MicroCog

Cognitive and Achievement Testing:
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - IV (WAIS-IV), Wechsler Intelligence Scale For Children - IV (WISC-IV), Wechsler Primary Preschool Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI), Wide Range Achievement Test (WRAT-4), Woodcock-Johnson Achievement Battery (WJ-III), Woodcock-Johnson Cognitive Battery (WJ-III).  Brief screening measures include the Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test (KBIT-2)

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