CFIR’s Neuropsychological Assessment Service provides comprehensive psychological assessments to support clients in understanding their brain functioning as it relates to emotions, behaviour and cognition.
There is a range of neurological, medical or psychological conditions that can lead to neuropsychological impairments, such as:
Below are some questions to consider in determining whether you or a loved one might benefit from a neuropsychological assessment. These questions are not for self-assessment or diagnostic purposes, but if some are answered "yes” an evaluation from a neuropsychologist in CFIR’s Neuropsychological Assessment might be appropriate.
You can refer yourself or a loved one to our service.
Health care professionals, such as physicians, psychiatrists, neurologists, and psychologists also refer patients to our service.
Lawyers also refer to our service for the purpose of obtaining evaluations of their clients.
A neuropsychological assessment is a process that typically involves a review of relevant documents (e.g., medical records, previous assessments, work appraisals, report cards, transcripts), a clinical interview with the client (and family member, if applicable), a few hours of neuropsychological testing using standardized measures of cognition, production of a written report, and a feedback session for the client and family.
A neuropsychological assessment provides an overview of both your strengths and challenges, and offers recommendations for managing any difficulties that may be present. A diagnosis, which involves classifying your presenting symptoms according to a catalogue of psychological disorders, may also be rendered upon completion of a comprehensive assessment.
There are a few differences between a psychological assessment and a neuropsychological assessment, including the amount of cognitive testing, the greater breadth of areas assessed, and the interpretation of results in terms of brain functioning. A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment includes measures of the following domains: intellectual ability, executive functioning (planning, sequencing, problem solving), language abilities, learning and memory, attention/concentration, visual perceptual/constructional skills, speed of information processing, motor and sensory functioning, emotional functioning, and personality.
The entire neuropsychological assessment process, described above, will take approximately two to three weeks to complete. Please consult with one of our neuropsychologists to determine the length of time required to complete your particular assessment.
Based on our assessment, we will prepare a report for you that may include assessment findings, diagnostic considerations, and recommendations for appropriate accommodations or strategies to adjust to neuropsychological impairments.
Our registered psychologists are proudly affiliated as clinical supervisors with the following universities:
UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO