Frequently Asked Questions

What is Neuropsychology? 
Neuropsychology is the science of what
specific psychological processes, behaviours,
and abilities reveal about the structure and
function of the brain.

What is a Neurospychologist?
A neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist
who has received the additional training
required to understand the complex
relationship between an individual's specific
psychological processes, behaviours, and
abilities and the structure and function of
his or her brain.

What is a Neuropsychological
Evaluation? 
A neuropsychological evaluation — also
known as an examination, assessment, or
test — is an objective study in which the
individual is asked to answer a series of questions and complete a series of tasks designed to determine his or her level of functioning in several skill areas so that specific strengths and weaknesses can be determined.
That information is then used to assist the individual's team of medical providers, support staff, and family  with detailed decision-making and treatment recommendations.  And although each evaluation varies according to the individual and referral information, a neuropsychological evaluation will typically focus on
the following:
 
• Attention and concentration                                            
• Behavior, mood, and personality
• Executive functions (i.e., problem solving)                

• General intellectual abilities
• Language and communication
• Memory and learning capabilities
• Motor and sensory skills
• Visual-spatial/perceptual skills

Other areas may also be assessed, as needed.

How long does a Neuropsychological Evaluation take?  
The length of each evaluation varies, but generally the information required to assist an individual can be gathered in one to three visits. Typically, evaluations begin with a detailed interview to gather particulars about an individual's medical history, symptoms, and personal and family background. The longest visit will last approximately from three to six  hours — with breaks whenever needed. You will receive feedback on the results at the final visit, at which time all questions will be answered so that you can move forward with treatment and decision making. 
 

Why have I been referred? 
If you have been referred for a Neuropsychological Evaluation, it means that your medical provider (Neurologist, Physiatrist, PCP, etc.) or a legal representative (attorney or Workers’ Compensation Commission) has asked for assistance in understanding how your brain works — usually in response to concerns about difficulty with thinking, attention, and/or memory.  Brisman Associates In Neuropsychology, PLLC, is extensively trained and highly experienced in helping to  determine the reason whatever 
difficulties you might be experiencing and how best to assist you and your referral resource with treatment recommendations, if appropriate. 

Some medical disorders are complex, making equally complex testing to determine a “baseline” and monitor progress and the effects of treatment over time essential. The goal of such assessments is to determine whether concerns are simply the product of normal age-related changes or evidence of a potential medical or neurological condition, a psychological issue, or a substance abuse problem. Because testing can differentiate between age-related changes, dementia, and depression, assessing your current level of function will equip your medical team with the tools required for effective treatment and planning — including medication needs, skilled rehabilitation training, and the potential for disability benefits. 

Brisman Associates In Neuropsychology, PLLC, specializes in neurological disorders that present themselves with cognitive (i.e. memory problems) and/or behavioral (i.e. depression) issues. Our goal is to understand you as an individual and maximize your potential for independence.  Some typical referral issues include (but are not limited to):
 
• Brain tumors
• Concussions
• Dementia
• Forensic (legal) evaluations
• Moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury, including concussions, stroke, and brain tumors
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Seizure disorders
• Undiagnosed/unknown causes of cognitive complaints
  
What should I bring? 
Because you will be seated for the majority of the evaluation, please wear comfortable clothes — and if you
use glasses or a hearing aid(s), be sure to bring them with you.  Take all prescribed medications as directed for all visits — and please bring a list of current medications, any relevant medical records you would like us to review, as well as the names of the providers you would like to receive a copy of your evaluation report. Feel free to bring along non-alcoholic beverages and snacks to enjoy during the evaluation, if desired — as well as your lunch or money to purchase a lunch nearby. 
 
Is a Neuropsychological Evaluation covered by my insurance? 
At Brisman Associates In Neuropsychology, PLLC, we strive to make this process as simple and painless as possible, so after you have been referred to us, we will contact you to gather information on your insurance policies and verify coverage. You may need to attend an initial session through which we can seek further authorization, based on insurance regulations. However, most major insurance policies cover the evaluation based on medical necesssity and referral information. 

If any portion of services are not covered due to your individual policy’s co-insurance, co-pay and/or deductible, payment options are available.  And please be assured that you will be informed about any potential costs PRIOR to commencement of any visits. 

​For your convenience, Brisman Associates In Neuropsychology, PLLC accepts most insurance plans,

including Aetna, Anthem BC/BS, Cigna, ConnectiCare, Magellan, Optum, Oxford, UHC, Value Options, HUSKY/Medicaid, and Medicare.