Neuropsychological evaluations can document changes after a head injury (traumatic brain injury), determine if there is evidence for dementia and potentially identify the type of dementia, and evaluate for cognitive changes related to a host of other conditions (epilepsy, stroke, multiple sclerosis). Neuropsychological evaluations typically last for much of the day, with breaks offered throughout. In some cases, testing might take place over more than one day, depending on the nature of the referral.
within Clinical Psychology that focuses on brain-behavior relationships. There are many reasons for a neuropsychological evaluation. These detailed evaluations provide information about individual cognitive areas such as memory, language, visual-spatial abilities, attention, executive functions, and more.
Neuropsychology is a specialty area
typically scheduled by a third party, such as an insurance company or their intermediary. These evaluations are designed to assess reported psychological and neuropsychological symptoms and how those symptoms impact functioning, typically in a work setting.
These are different than clinical evaluations in that the results of the evaluation are provided to the referral source and the evaluating psychologist cannot offer clinical services, such as feedback or therapy. Other independent evaluations include pre-employment screenings and fitness for duty evaluations.
An IME is an independent evaluation
Independent Psychological Evaluations
Typically, the court or the attorney is considered the “client” in such evaluations. Establishing who the client is offers certain protections in a forensic assessment.
Although background records are important in clinical evaluations, they can be crucial in a forensic context.The end result of a forensic evaluation can be quite different than a clinical one. The results might or might not be intended to directly benefit the person being evaluated. There are specific questions being asked by the court or the attorney that are often very different from the questions being asked in a clinical context.
An evaluation becomes forensic when legal proceedings are involved
Forensic evaluations and IMEs are not covered by insurance. Please contact the office for further details.