Neuropsychology Services: For Physicians and Allied Health Professionals
How to Refer
Please fill out the referral form that you can find here and fax it to our intake department at (610) 604-9510. If you have questions, feel free to contact our assessment line at 610-544-2110 extension 231. With the patient’s consent, the report will be faxed to the referring provider in approximately 7-10 days after the evaluation is completed.
Why Refer for a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Neuropsychologists are experts in assessing brain-behavior relationships. They use specialized assessment methods that have been standardized through rigorous scientific study. These types of evaluations can assist you in better understanding your patient’s overall cognitive functioning and functional abilities, changes in mood and personality, as well as clarify diagnostic impressions. Additionally, neuropsychological evaluations can provide patients and providers with meaningful and actionable recommendations.
Examples of Referral Questions or Needs
- Establish a cognitive baseline before or after illness, injury, or treatment
- Evaluate the impact of a medical issue on cognitive, behavioral, or emotional function
- Identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses to predict ability to perform daily living activities
- Identify subtle cognitive deficits (i.e., normal aging vs. mild cognitive impairment)
Prioritize Differential Diagnosis
- Evaluate for dementia and differentiate between potential etiologies
- Assess for psychological contributions to symptom presentations (e.g., depression, somatoform features)
- Differentiate “worried well” patients from those with cognitive impairment
- Establish, confirm, or differentiate between diagnoses that affect cognition
Plan and Monitor Treatment
- Help determine candidacy for neurosurgical procedures (e.g., deep brain stimulation, epilepsy surgery, ventricular shunting)
- Identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses to develop appropriate compensatory strategies and accommodations
- Monitor cognitive changes associated with disease progression, recovery, or treatment
- Provide prognostic information and treatment recommendations for patients with cognitive disturbances
Address Legal, Functional, or Other Issues
- Determine whether cognitive deficits may interfere with the ability to drive, return to work, or live independently
- Evaluate the veracity and degree of cognitive and psychiatric symptoms for disability, litigation, and criminal proceedings
- Objectively document cognitive disturbances for capacity/competency determinations
Schroeder, R. W., Martin, P. K., & Walling, A. (2019). Neuropsychological Evaluations in Adults. American family physician, 99(2), 101-108.
Specialized Medical Evaluations
Neuropsychologists often evaluate patients in the context of pre-surgical evaluations for Deep Brain Stimulation, epilepsy, transplants, bariatric surgery, NPH/shunt placement, spinal cord stimulator, & IDDS pain pump. Additionally, neuropsychologists can provide post-surgical evaluations, if clinically indicated.