WHAT IS NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING?
Neuropsychological testing is a way of examining the relationship between the brain and cognitive abilities.
Neuropsychological tests are an important part of an overall evaluation because they provide an objective measure of an individual's strengths and weaknesses. Neuropsychological
assessment provides a systematic evaluation of cognitive abilities such as
intelligence, memory, language, attention, problem-solving ability, visual-motor skills, sensorimotor abilities, personality/emotional functioning, and
academic skills. A typical evaluation involves administration of
neuropsychological and psychological tests, record review, and an
interview with the patient, including a parent or other family member when
available. Neuropsychological tests usually involve paper-and-pencil or
computer based measures.
An evaluation takes from as few as 1-2 hours to as many as 8 hours
depending on the referral question. Evaluations are flexible and tailored to
a specific referral question. The results of the evaluation are often the first
step in developing an effective treatment or remedial plan. Services at the
UCHC Neuropsychology Service are provided for adolescents and adults.
HOW TO USE OUR SERVICES
Referrals for neuropsychological evaluations may be requested by
physicians, by other health care professionals, by patients themselves, or
by family members. Referrals are accepted from inpatient and from
outpatient clinics, and also from general practitioners and specialists.
Please call our patient coordinator, Tina Rich, at 860/679-6728 to
schedule an appointment or to get more information.
In addition, there is a team of highly qualified specialists in Psychiatry,
Neurology, and Geriatric Medicine within the Health Center who are
available for consultation.
SPECIALTY CLINICS IN THE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY SERVICE
Forensic Evaluation Clinic - Independent Medical Evaluations needed for
workman's compensation, insurance claims, and legal proceedings are
provided. Dr. Kaplan has over 25 years experience conducting forensic
evaluations and providing trial testimony.
Adult Outpatient Clinic - Dr. Kaplan sees adult
patients for neuropsychological evaluation who present with a variety of
problems and referral questions. Test battery length and content are
flexible and dependent on the nature of the referral questions.
Huntington's Disease Clinic - The mission of the Huntington's
Disease (HD) Program of the University of Connecticut Health Center is to
provide care and treatment to HDpatients and their families. Persons
eligible include Connecticut residents who have, orare at risk for,
Huntington's Disease. An initial evaluation consists of a visit with theneuropsychiatrist, psychiatric nurse, social worker and neuropsychologist.
A visit withour genetic counselor can be arranged for those individuals
interested in pre-symptomatic testing. For more information, please
contact the Huntington Disease Clinic at 679-4418.
UCHC Inpatient Clinic - Short neuropsychological batteries are used to
assess UConn Health Center inpatients for cognitive dysfunction and
neurologic conditions. These complete test batteries are designed to be
repeatable so that multiple assessments of cognitive function can be
performed during an inpatient hospitalization if needed by the nature of the