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“The symbolism and the substantive significance of this tree represents our patients. It is from the grounding of our roots that we draw sustenance to adapt and grow.”
Dr. Jeffrey Ewert
What is Neuropsychology?
Clinical neuropsychology is a sub-specialty of clinical psychology that specializes in the assessment and treatment of patients with brain injury or disease.
A clinical neuropsychologist holds a doctorate in clinical psychology (i.e., Ph.D. or Psy.D.), and has completed a clinical internship and specialized post-doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology. Some neuropsychologists have a doctorate in clinical neuropsychology. What distinguishes a clinical neuropsychologist from other clinical psychologists is knowledge of the brain, including an understanding of areas such as neuroanatomy and neurological disease. The discipline involves the application of standardized psychometric measures in the study of brain behavior relationships. They use neuropsychological tests (clinically referred to as “batteries”) to assess cognitive deficits, and they are involved in the management, treatment and rehabilitation of cognitively impaired patients. (American Neuropsychiatric Association). Only board certification guarantees competency in clinical neuropsychology.
Who Should Have a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Neuropsychological services can be useful for many individuals with known or suspected brain dysfunction. Many conditions can affect brain functioning, including general medical conditions, neurological disease, and neuropsychiatric disease. Disorders may be developmental/genetic, acquired (e.g., concussions, traumatic brain injury), or of unknown etiology. Dr. Ewert and his team routinely provide neuropsychological evaluation for individuals with:
- Acquired brain injury (concussion, CTE, and traumatic brain injury)
- Cerebrovascular disease and stroke
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Learning Disability (i.e., dyslexia)
- Dementia (Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body Dementia, etc.) and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
- Movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease)
- Mood disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder)
NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS & EVALUATION
At Carolina Neuroservices, we offer several comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations (clinically referred to as) “batteries”, to assess cognitive functioning, aid in diagnosis, and guide in the treatment of each individual patient. Neuropsych testing is an all day process in which the patient is administered a variety of tests to complete in order to be able to identify neurocognitive impairment, specifically assessing various domains of cognitive functioning such as attention, memory, motor skills, visual perception, executive functioning, language, intelligence (IQ), motor skills, tactile functioning, and personality. Pediatric evaluations are available for patients 4 – 16 years old, and adult evaluations are available for those 17 – 90 + years of age.
A neuropsychological assessment is a performance-based method to assess cognitive functioning. This method is used to examine the cognitive consequences of brain damage, brain disease, and severe mental illness. There are several specific uses of neuropsychological assessment, including collection of diagnostic information, differential diagnostic information, assessment of treatment response, and prediction of functional recovery.
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P. JEFFREY EWERT, PH.D., ABPP
Dr. Ewert specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children and adults who have congenital and acquired brain injuries. Click the button to view the complete list of disorders treated by Dr. Ewert and our staff.