Psychological Services in Tampa, FL

Neuropsychological Evaluation

Neuropsychological evaluation is a way of assessing a person’s cognitive functioning (memory and thinking skills) by integrating multiple sources of information, including

  • reviews of relevant medical records
  • interview with the patient
  • interviews with people who know the patient well
  • standardized testing (mostly paper-and-pencil, with some computerized tests)
  • observations of the patient’s behaviors and style of interacting

Test scores are then compared to a large sample of results from the population. Scores may be below, within, or above the normal range. Scores are also evaluated compared to what is expected from that particular person based on their work and educational background, to see if there has been a change over time.

Each evaluation is different depending on what the patient, doctor, or other professional wants to understand about the person. Types of evaluations may include

  • clarify if a diagnosis, such as dementia, is present and if so, what type
  • determine whether problems with memory are due to depression or another medical condition
  • track changes in brain functioning over time
  • evaluate a person’s functional abilities (for example, the ability to live independently, drive a motor vehicle, or manage money)

Recommendations are made based on the outcome of the evaluation. These are designed to be helpful to you. Examples include:

  • helping your doctor make decisions about medications
  • determining if treatment for depression or anxiety is needed
  • assessing if you would benefit from additional supports such as a part-time home companion
  • developing strategies to make the most of your memory
  • creating a system to better plan and organize your daily tasks
  • providing customized information for caregivers