Neuropsychological Evaluations

 

Neuropsychology is the scientific study of brain-behavior relationships. By utilizing standardized tests and techniques, a neuropsychologist can compare a person's current performance to others with similar backgrouds in order to assess any problem areas. The tests are done directly with Dr. Shindell, verbally, with paper and pencil, or on a computer.

 

Dr. Shindell conducts neuropsychological evaluations with adults ages 16 and older for the purpose of aiding both in diagnosis and treatment of patients with neurological diseases and injuries such as concussion, traumatic brain injury, dementia, multiple sclerosis, tumors, and other disorders. Often times the referral question to a neuropsychologist would include an assessment of the person's current strengths and weaknesses, making diagnoses, assessing progress over time, and evaluating a persons ability to do tasks such as employment, driving, or other aspects of independent living. 

 

Evaluations by a neuropsychologist  include:
•    Extensive interviews
•    Reviews of available records
•    Formal assessment of:

 

  •  Orientation

  • Effort

  • Attention (verbal, visual, sustained, divided, etc.)

  • Memory (verbal, visual, immediate, delayed)

  • Visual-Spatial Abilities

  • Language Functions

  • Motor Skills

  • Emotions and Moods

  • Behavior

 

The results are discussed with the patient and a written report is made by the neuropsycholigist of the findings and recommendations.

Psychotherapy

Dr. Shindell is a board-certified clinical neuropsycholigist and he offers cogntive-behavioral therapy for the treatment of adults with depression, anxiety, and other disorders.  He sees patients with general concerns as well as those coping with chronic illness and pain. He is trained in individual, marital, family, and group therapy. 

Psychological Assessment and Pre-surgical Evaluations

Dr. Shindell offers psychological assessments of adults both for mental health diagnostic purposes as well as for the psychological appropriateness of surgical procedures such as a spinal stimulator or transplant (heart, kidney).