Frequently Asked Questions

What is Neuropsychology?

Neuropsychology is the study of how the brain's health influences behaviors that we can see and measure.

What happens in a neuropsychological evaluation?

Your neuropsychological assessment will start with an interview by the neuropsychologist so he or she can learn about you and/or your family's concerns.

The neuropsychologist also asks about your background to better understand your concerns in context. Examples of background information that a neuropsychologist usually asks about include:

  • Social history (marital status, family connections, living arrangements, social support)
  • School history
  • Work history
  • Military history (if any)
  • Mental health history
  • Medical history

The neuropsychologist then gives a series of objective tests that help to measure the brain's abilities that involve listening, answering questions, drawing, or writing. Abilities that are measured include:

  • Intelligence
  • Learning and memory
  • Attention and concentration
  • Language
  • Visual-spatial skills
  • Higher level thinking skills, like problem-solving, reasoning
  • Mental speed
  • Motor skills
  • Overall mood

The neuropsychologist then compiles the data that was gathered about your brain, develops a report that explains the findings of the evaluation and what they mean, and gives you direct feedback about the results in addition to recommendations. The neuropsychologist also communicates with the healthcare provider or agency who referred you, with your permission.

What is a Clinical Neuropsychologist?

A clinical neuropsychologist is a licensed clinical psychologist with a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) who has received specialty postdoctoral training in understanding how the brain's health influences behaviors and abilities, such as remembering or paying attention to important information, driving, and going to school or work.

How do neuropsychological evaluations actually measure the brain's abilities?

A clinical neuropsychologist compares your performance on thinking and memory tests to that of other healthy people like you to see if any concerning differences exist.

What insurance plans are accepted at STLCCH?

STLCCH accepts a wide variety of health insurance plans. You can view all accepted health insurance plans by using the link below:

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