what is a neuropsychologist?
A neuropsychologist is a doctor of clinical psychology who has specialized additional training in neuroscience, brain physiology, and neuroanatomy. The purpose of a neuropsychological evaluation is to help figure out whether a person is having difficulty in any of the following areas:
- Learning and Memory
- Multi-tasking, Reasoning and Problem-solving skills (known as Executive Functions)
- Visual Processing
- Speeded Processing
who needs a neuropsychological evaluation?
A neuropsychological evaluation is more extensive than regular psychological testing. Healthy Mind Sacramento offers both psychological and neuropsychological testing. Typically, neuropsychological testing is needed in the following situations:
- To determine thinking strengths/weaknesses in epilepsy and other brain conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis
- To diagnosis dementia and mild cognitive impairment
- After a brain injury or stroke, to assess for deficits and help develop a treatment plan
- When a psychological evaluation for ADHD or learning disorder has not answered all the questions
- When significant mental health issues have persisted despite going to multiple doctors and trying different treatments. Neuropsychological and personality testing can help with figuring out the correct diagnosis.
what does a neuropsychological evaluation involve?
A neuropsychological evaluation at Healthy Mind Sacramento typically involves an intake interview, plus one or two half-days of testing. The testing is paper-and-pencil and verbal. People who enjoy “brain teasers” or mental puzzles may like the testing process. Many people report the testing process is interesting, but most also report that it is challenging.
Dr. Miller offers neuropsychological evaluations for teens, adults, and older adults.
what happens after the neuropsychological evaluation?
After the neuropsychological evaluation, you will return 2-3 weeks later for a feedback session to go over you or your child’s results. Results are explained in a way that is digestible and all your questions can be answered at this time. Additionally, a comprehensive report will be provided. This report can be given to school or work if needed, or faxed to your doctor at your request.
how do I choose a neuropsychologist in Sacramento?
A neuropsychologist is someone who completed their PhD in psychology, completed an internship with neuropsychology emphasis, then did an additional 2-year fellowship specifically in neuropsychology. A person who does not have this training is not a neuropsychologist.
Dr. Miller completed a neuropsychology-specific clinical psychology PhD program at University of Florida, followed by a neuropsychology internship and neuropsychology fellowship. Dr. Miller previously served as Assistant Training Director at Sacramento VA and previously taught assessment at UC Berkeley’s Department of Clinical Science. Currently, Dr. Miller is on Clinical Faculty at UC Davis Medical Center Department of Neurology and is Co-chair of Sacramento Valley Psychological Association Behavioral Health/Neuropsychology Division. To find out more about Dr. Miller, please read her About page.
getting in touch
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