Adult Neuropsychological Evaluation Service

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Adult Neuropsychological Evaluation Service

Columbia Psychiatry’s Adult Neuropsychological Evaluation Service uses the latest evidence-based assessments to determine whether possible cognitive and behavioral changes are related to a neurodegenerative condition, psychiatric disorder (e.g., depression), or another brain disease or treatment.

A thorough assessment is key to making the correct diagnosis and developing the most effective personalized treatment plan tailored to each person’s unique needs, including recommendations for treatments and follow-up care.

About the Evaluation

The evaluation consists of an intake, 1-2 testing appointments, and a feedback session.

Neurocognitive domains assessed may include:

  • Intelligence
  • Attention
  • Executive functioning (e.g., abstract reasoning, problem solving, set-shifting/cognitive flexibility)
  • Learning/memory
  • Language
  • Visuospatial processing
  • Mood state
  • Personality style

In addition, for individuals who may have had previous neuropsychological testing, re-evaluation can be helpful in measuring any changes in cognitive/behavioral functioning that may have occurred over time. For example, follow-up testing can help identify the rate of decline in a progressive dementia or improvement associated with treatment.

Conditions We Evaluate

  • Neurological conditions (e.g., epilepsy, TBI, stroke)
  • Cancers that affect the brain directly or as a result of treatment (e.g., radiation, chemotherapy)
  • Neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., dementia)
  • Movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson's disease)
  • Individuals being considered for an organ transplant (e.g., heart, lung, kidney); to determine risk factors that may complicate their candidacy
  • Psychiatric disorders (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder)
  • Substance abuse