What is a Neuropsychological Assessment?

Marzillier Feb 17

Dr Sarah Marzillier


Dr Sarah Marzillier explains that a neuropsychological assessment is an evidenced-based way of assessing someone’s memory, thinking and reasoning. It involves three phases: history taking, formal testing and feedback.

Do I need a Neuropsychological Assessment?

Usually a professional such as a medical doctor, specialist nurse, occupational therapist or a social worker will make a referral if you need a neuropsychological assessment. Common reasons include the need to understand the effects of a head injury, a question about whether someone has a dementia, or understanding the effect of a neurological condition (such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease) on someone’s abilities.


What Happens During a Neuropsychological Assessment?

In the first appointment I will take your history and ask various questions about what problems you have noticed. In this session I will describe the use of standardised tests and answer any questions you have about the testing procedure.

In the next appointments we will do some standardised tests. This part of the assessment can last from 2-4 hours. For many people doing the tests in one go is too tiring, so we can split this part into several appointments if need be. The tests are designed to pick up on a person’s strengths and weaknesses. The tests will look at your memory, thinking, reasoning and other abilities. You will be asked to do a range of tasks including repeating stories, answering questions and drawing designs. People don’t usually find the tests unpleasant although they can be hard work at times. Sometimes people find them quite fun!

Our final appointment is a feedback appointment. I will have scored up all of the tests and will provide you with a summary of your strengths and weaknesses. We can discuss strategies to help you manage areas that you are struggling with. In this appointment I will also give you a written summary of how you have done. I will also provide a formal report for the people involved in your care.

Neuropsychological assessments are carried out in Manchester, Hull, York, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate and surrounding areas in Yorkshire


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