Neuropsychology is a clinical specialty that is essentially concerned with the cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems that may arise from known or suspected brain dysfunction. This area of knowledge and practice is formed by intra and interdisciplinary foundations, with an understanding of various areas, such as: neuroanatomy, neurobiology, psychopharmacology, neurological illness or injury, the use of neuropsychological measures to accurately assess cognitive deficits, and the management, treatment, and rehabilitation of brain injured and neurocognitively impaired patients.
Through extensive experience and a deep understanding of brain functioning, the doctors of NeuroHealth of Connecticut are able to assist in the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered from a neurological or psychological disability, through comprehensive and modern neuropsychological evaluation.
We practice in both a clinical and forensic capacity. While these two areas of specialty often overlap, there are a few key distinctions to note.
From a strictly clinical approach, we focus solely on the diagnosis, treatment and care of the patient. This may involve:
- Assessing behavioral changes as a result of a brain injury or nervous system disease.
- Evaluating a patient’s cognitive deficits.
- Devising a rehabilitation plan to help improve brain function.
Impressions provided in a clinical neuropsychological report are aimed at offering insight with regard to specific clinical questions and are not set forth as forensic opinions. Clinical test results may help determine what type of further medical intervention is needed.
Through a forensic approach, our doctors provide consultation as requested, and perform neuropsychological assessments on those involved in legal proceedings. These patients are often referred by the court or an attorney to assist in civil or criminal litigation, most commonly when a client suffers a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident. Forensic testimony during trial is meant to further educate the court about an individual’s neurodevelopmental, neurological or psychiatric disorder.
Benefits to Medicine
The work of our doctors in both clinical and forensic neuropsychology is useful to other areas of medicine. From the results of our assessments, we can:
- Act as a referral source to other medical professionals who work with individuals impacted by cognitive dysfunction.
- Provide a better understanding of a patient’s psychological and/or neurological condition through the evaluation process.
- Help other treatment providers decide whether to prescribe medication or pursue other interventions.
Contact us with any further questions regarding neuropsychology.