Neuropsychology

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Neuropsychology Department
Located on the St.Vincent Indianapolis campus
2001 West 86th Street, 7SE
Indianapolis, Indiana 46260
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What is clinical neuropsychology?

Clinical neuropsychology is a specialty practice within the field of clinical psychology that focuses upon the understanding of brain behavior relationships, such as how behavior and cognitive skills relate to brain structures and medical conditions. At St. Vincent Hospital, our neuropsychologists provide consultation and evaluation services across the lifespan for patients with a variety of medical, neurologic, and developmental concerns.

What is a pediatric neuropsychologist?

A pediatric neuropsychologist is a licensed clinical psychologist with doctoral level training in psychology and specialty training within pediatric neuropsychology. Our team of pediatric neuropsychologists at St. Vincent Hospital focuses upon consultation and assessment services for children and adolescents with suspected cognitive concerns (e.g., attention, reasoning, problem-solving, language, as well as learning and memory) with associated medical illness, traumatic brain injury, and neurodevelopmental disorders impacting the central nervous system.

Specialty areas include: epilepsy, hematology, oncology/neuro-oncology, traumatic brain injury/concussion, stroke, cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes, prenatal exposure to neurotoxins, pre/post surgical evaluations for cochlear implantation, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorders, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

What does a neuropsychological evaluation involve?

A neuropsychological evaluation focuses assessment of thinking, behavior, as well as social-emotional functioning. Each evaluation begins with a clinical interview with the patient and their family. The evaluation includes use of standardized assessments and procedures, and may include a combination of paper/pencil and computer based tasks. Examiners work directly with each patient in a quiet, non-distracting environment.

Neuropsychological evaluations may assess the following domains:

  • Intellectual functioning (IQ)
  • Attention and concentration
  • Executive functioning (e.g., planning, problem-solving, and organization)
  • Language and communication
  • Learning and memory
  • Academic skills
  • Fine-motor functioning
  • Visuoperception and visuospatial reasoning
  • Social functioning
  • Emotional and behavioral functioning

This information is then integrated with clinical history, behavioral observations, collateral information to formulate diagnostic impressions and resulting recommendations. This information is often used to inform treatment planning and determine need for additional interventions/services. Our providers work closely with referring physicians and psychologists, parents/families, and schools to help each patient achieve their full potential.

 

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