Shane S. Bush, Ph.D.
                    Board Certified Neuropsychologist

                                                    Services Provided

 NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION/TESTING

A neuropsychological evaluation usually consists of an interview and testing, and also often includes interviews of family members, doctors, and others; a review of medical records and other background information; and behavioral observations.  Standardized tests may assess some or all of the following areas: 

  • Level of Alertness
  • Orientation
  • Attention
  • Learning & Memory
  • Sensory & Motor Skills
  • Language Skills
  • Visuospatial Skills
  • Executive Functioning
  • General Intellectual Functioning
  • Academic Skills
  • Emotional/Personality Factors
  • Behavior
  • Symptom Validity

 

The tests are not invasive; that is, they do not involve attaching you to machines or using X-rays.  Most of the tests involve questions and answers, or working with materials on a table.  Some tests may use a computer.  The time required depends on the problem being assessed.  In general, several hours are needed to assess the many skills involved in processing information.


The results of a neuropsychological evaluation can be used to:

  • Identify weaknesses in specific areas
  • Identify strengths that can be used to compensate for weaknesses
  • Help differentiate among illnesses, which is important because appropriate treatment depends on accurate diagnosis
  • Establish a "baseline" before there is any problem, so that later changes can be measured very objectively
  • Assist with neuropsychological administrative matters, such as disability determination
  • Assist the trier of fact in litigated matters

 

DISORDERS/PROBLEMS COMMONLY ADDRESSED

  • Memory problems
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) / Concussion
  • Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other dementias
  • Parkinson's disease (PD)
  • Stroke (CVA)
  • Electrical injury
  • Anoxia
  • Learning Disorders (LD)
  • Posttraumatic stress (PTSD)
  • Emotional adjustment disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Pain

 

NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL TREATMENT

Neuropsychological treatment includes helping people to:

  • Improve brain functioning
  • Compensate for deficits
  • Adjust to life following neurologic injury or illness
  • Apply cognitive-behavioral principles & techniques to improve emotional state

 

FORENSIC SERVICES

  • Independent Medical/Neuropsychological Examination (IME)
  • Record Review
  • Disability Determination
  • Decision-making Capacity Determination
  • Fitness-for-Duty Evaluation