Neuropsychology is a relatively new field of psychology that focuses on the relationship between the central nervous system and behavior.
At Colorado Springs Neurological Associates (CSNA), we’re thrilled to have an in-house neuropsychologist on our team to provide more comprehensive evaluation and intervention.
Below, you’ll find more information about neuropsychology, neuropsychological testing, and the conditions we commonly evaluate.
For immediate assistance or to schedule an appointment at our Colorado Springs location, please call 719-473-3272 or contact a CSNA representative online.
More About Neuropsychology
A neuropsychologist is an individual with a PhD or PsyD who received general training in psychology and specific training in neuropsychology. A neuropsychologist aims to understand the brain’s cognitive functions (e.g., attention, mood, language, memory).
Disorders that occur within the brain or nervous system can affect feelings, behavior, and cognitive ability. The role of a neuropsychologist is to evaluate patients who may be experiencing neurobehavioral problems and direct a treatment plan, often in concert with a neurologist.
The most common reasons people are referred for neuropsychological evaluations are to:
- Obtain baseline assessments of functioning
- Provide diagnostic analysis
- Assess level of functioning before and/or after treatment
- Monitor a condition over time
- Understand cognitive challenges secondary to a learning disability
- Obtain documentation (e.g., for disability benefits, legal cases, etc.)
The difference between a neurologist and a neuropsychologist is that neurologists can provide medication treatment for physical symptoms associated with neurological disease/illness, while a neuropsychologist treats the cognitive and behavioral effects without medication.
Neuropsychological Testing & Conditions We Treat
A neuropsychological evaluation, or neuropsychological testing, is an in-depth assessment of skills and abilities related to brain function. The evaluation measures things like memory and language, while also providing information about the structural and functional integrity of the patient’s brain.
If you, or someone you care about, experiences difficulties or changes in thinking, memory, speech, personality or other behaviors that interfere with daily living, a neuropsychologist can help evaluate symptoms and aid in forming a diagnosis.
Neurological conditions that can affect mood, personality and behavior include (but are not limited to):
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Movement disorders (i.e., Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease)
- Personality disorders (i.e., bipolar disorder, schizophrenia)
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
Neuropsychological testing and analysis play an important role in determining the nature and origin of cognitive symptoms. Neuropsychological testing informs specific intervention recommendations for a wide range of neurological conditions.
It should be noted that neuropsychological testing is different from tests included in a neurological evaluation (e.g., EEG) or neuroimaging (e.g., CT or MRI scan).
To learn more about neuropsychological testing or to schedule an appointment at our Colorado Springs location, please call 719-473-3272 or contact a CSNA representative online.
Comprehensive Neurological Care at CSNA
Understanding your symptoms is the first step toward a successful diagnosis and treatment plan. When other doctors aren’t able to diagnose an issue, a neuropsychologist can provide new tools and evaluation techniques to aid in forming a successful diagnosis.
At Colorado Spring Neurological Associates, our team specializes in superior neurological testing, evaluation, interpretation and treatment. This includes the expertise of our in-house neuropsychologist, Dr. Brittni Morgan.
Neurological disorders that alter behavior can be extremely challenging for patients and their families. We strive to be an ongoing resource to those in need of answers and comprehensive neurological care.
Our team can help guide you to a better understanding of your condition and treatment options. Additional support can be found in specialty clinics led by our experienced neurologists and their support staff. These personalized programs utilize advanced technologies and intense therapy to improve the lives of patients diagnosed with Huntington’s disease or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Our fellowship trained and board-certified physicians look forward to working alongside you and your family to develop a customized treatment plan.
To schedule an appointment at our Colorado Springs location, please call 719-473-3272 or contact a CSNA representative online.