UT Southwestern Medical Center offers state-of-the-art neuropsychological assessments to examine the brain function of patients with a variety of neurological conditions.
Neuropsychological evaluation provides important information about a person’s cognitive (mental/thinking) strengths, weaknesses or symptoms. Neuropsychological assessment, a non-invasive battery of paper-pencil or computer type tests, is often useful for diagnosing and treating a variety of neurological or neuropsychiatric conditions. Testing can contribute helpful information regarding a person’s cognitive function, such as how a person thinks, remembers or carries out daily tasks. Our neuropsychologists collaborate with referring physicians in order to deliver a comprehensive diagnosis and the best care for patients. They provide valuable feedback to patients and families about how to cope with and compensate for cognitive/mental disability and how to maximize a person’s strengths.
At UT Southwestern, a neuropsychological test is recommended in situations when it is suspected that brain impairment is affecting cognitive function or behavior. Typical referrals are made to assist in diagnosis, track progress after rehabilitation, plan educational or vocational programs, determine a disability, or may be used for legal purposes.
Testing may diagnose or rule out cognitive impairment related to the following conditions:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Brain trauma
- Cognitive changes following surgery
- Developmental disorders
- Parkinson’s disease
- Psychiatric or neuropsychiatric disorders
- Seizure disorder
- Stroke and other cardiovascular disorders
- Effects of toxins or chronic substance abuse
It is important to note that neuropsychological assessment is highly specialized and is different from psychological assessment or psychiatric evaluation. They involve different procedures, are conducted by psychologists with different areas of expertise and are used for different purposes.