Our faculty are licensed and board-certified neuropsychologists that provide neuropsychological assessments for patients with a wide variety of known or suspected brain conditions.
While the Division of Adult Neuropsychology does not offer its own educational programming, division faculty actively teach courses in other Departments and Programs and are engaged in research. The Division of Adult Neuropsychology also has an active clinical practice within the University of Minnesota M Health system.
What is Neuropsychology?
Neuropsychology examines the brain and applies the science of the brain’s structure and function to address a variety of complex conditions, both physical and emotional/thought-based processes.
Patients are generally referred for a neuropsychological evaluation when there is a concern about cognitive dysfunction. Clinic staff utilize standardized psychological assessment tools to quantify cognitive and psychological strengths and weaknesses in a variety of domains (e.g., memory, language, attention, executive functioning, visually mediated processing, and psychomotor processing). The results from the evaluation provide clues in understanding the strengths and weaknesses of brain regions and systems, which in turn can provide information about possible etiologic considerations and treatment planning. Impressions are typically then provided to patients and the referring providers about the results from the exam. Further, concrete recommendations and guidelines are provided to the patient and the provider.
Our service commonly sees patients with a variety of conditions including cerebrovascular disorders, organ transplant, movement disorders, epilepsy, dementia, traumatic brain injury, demyelinating disorders, psychiatric disorders, and medical conditions for which there is a cognitive component.