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What Is A Neuropsychologist?

Neuropsychological evaluation at UW Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, is recommended for individuals who display difficulties or changes in thinking, memory, speech, personality, or other behaviors which are significant enough to interfere with their daily living or development.

 

What is a neuropsychologist?

 

A neuropsychologist is an individual with a PhD or PsyD who received general training in psychology as well as specific training in neuropsychology. The training and clinical focus of a neuropsychologist is unlike the doctors you typically see for medical or psychological concerns.

 

Neuropsychological Emphasis

 

A neuropsychologist is interested in the brain's cognitive functions, such as attention, language, and memory. This is different from a clinical psychologist, who mainly focuses on behaviors and emotions and therapy for related concerns. Neuropsychologists also differ from medical doctors because they do not prescribe medications or perform surgery.

 

During your appointment, you will be interviewed by the neuropsychologist and a psychometrist will administer a number of tasks for you to do. The neuropsychologist will interpret the results in the context of your medical history, providing information about your abilities in different areas of cognitive functioning. A summary will be sent that is likely to be helpful to the doctor who referred you.