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What is Clinical Neuropsychology?

Student Evaluators

Clinical neuropsychologists apply specialized knowledge in assessment, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with neurological, medical, psychiatric, or neurodevelopmental disorders across the lifespan.

What Kind of Questions will a Neuropsychological Evaluation Answer?

  • My child has epilepsy. What aspects of learning and behaviour are affected and what can we do about it? 
  • My loved one is more forgetful than usual. Is this a sign of dementia?
  • My teenager had a concussion during a hockey game and is still having problems. Why is it taking so long for them to recover?
  • My partner is having trouble keeping up with work and family expectations, Now, there is a disciplinary letter in their file at work. Could this be adult Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

What are Typical Reasons for Referral?

  • Determination of strengths, weaknesses, and appropriate treatment after brain injuries, stroke, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders
  • Investigation to determine whether brain dysfunction adds to difficulties with mood regulation or to engagement in illegal behaviour
  • Evaluation of learning, memory and/or behaviour problems across the lifespan
  • Desire to have current ability profile and updated recommendations after brain surgery or another intervention
  • Need for In-depth neurodevelopmental assessments for children with multiple risk factors