Neuropsychological Testing

Comprehensive Neuropsychological Testing for Better Mental Health

At Allen Psychiatry, we're dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health services that cater to the varied needs of our community. We're excited to introduce Neuropsychological Testing as a new addition to our suite of services, designed to help individuals understand the complexities of their cognitive functions. 

Richard Cowles, LP, PsyD

Dr. Richard Cowles, LP, PsyD

Dr. Cowles is a highly skilled Neuroscientist and Clinical Neuropsychologist with extensive training across various medical fields. He earned his Doctoral degree from the University of Denver, completed a residency in Neuropsychology at Harvard Medical School, and holds a Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology. Dr. Cowles has a robust history of giving lectures, serving as an expert witness, and contributing to academia and professional associations.

FAQs About Neuropsychological Testing

What conditions can Neuropsychological Testing help diagnose?

Neuropsychological Testing can assist in diagnosing a range of conditions affecting cognitive functions, including ADHD, dementia, traumatic brain injuries, concussions, learning disabilities, developmental disorders and more. 

What is the purpose of NeuroPsych Testing?
The aim of a neuropsychological evaluation is to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of your cognitive strengths and challenges, benefiting you, your healthcare team, your family and possibly a 3rd party such as school or workplace. It aids in diagnosis, treatment planning, and providing necessary accommodations in educational and work settings. The evaluation examines the relationship between brain function and behavior, focusing on areas such as attention, memory, language, problem-solving, and emotional well-being, to identify cognitive impairments that might affect your daily life or work and academic performance.

It is very sensitive to mild memory and thinking problems that may not be obvious in other ways. Brain imaging such as MRI and CT scans only show what the brain looks like, not how it is working. Neurocognitive testing may be the only way to detect the problems that are causing your difficulties in daily life.  

How long does the testing process take?

An evaluation consists of an in-depth interview and neuropsycholoigical testing  that can identify weaknesses in specific areas of brain functioning. The duration varies depending on the individual's situation but can range from a 2-6 hours. We strive to ensure comfort and support throughout the process.

What to Expect at testing/evaluation?

A neuropsychological evaluation consists of different types of testing used to evaluate your cognitive functions. The testing involves taking paper-and-pencil and computerized tests and answering questions. The time required depends on the problem being assessed. In general, several hours are needed to assess the many skills involved in the brain’s processing of information.

Is Neuropsychological Testing covered by insurance?

 Coverage can vary by insurance plan. We recommend contacting your insurance provider for specific details regarding your coverage. Our office also provides a cost estimate based on your individual plan and testing needs.

How should I prepare for Neuropsychological Testing?

No special preparation is required. However, getting a good night's sleep and eating a healthy meal before the test can help you perform your best.

What happens after the testing?

You'll receive a detailed report of the findings. Our team will discuss these results with you and recommend next steps, which may include treatment options or further assessments.

What are the potential risks and benefits of Neuropsychological Testing?

While the assessment process can be tiring and may cause fatigue, stress, and/or anxiety for some, it offers significant benefits by helping to understand your cognitive functions, tailor treatment plans to your needs, and utilize your strengths effectively. In addition to pinpointing the problem, test results can be used to plan effective treatments and rehabilitation that use your cognitive areas of strength to compensate for any weaknesses. Testing also establishes a ‘baseline’ so that further changes can be precisely measured in the future if you are in ongoing treatment for medical illness or concerned your memory and thinking are declining.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Please call or text us at 469-340-277 or click the link below for an appointment request.

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