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Division of Health Psychology

Lauren Schwarz, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Assistant Professor 
Director, Division of Health Psychology

Suma Chand, Ph.D.
Ted Malmstrom, Ph.D.
Phil Ruppert, Ph.D.
Ray Tait, Ph.D.

Neuropsychology Service
Department of Psychiatry
Saint Louis University 
1438 South Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63104

A neuropsychological evaluation provides comprehensive assessment of adult patients in whom impairments of cognitive or neuropsychiatric functioning are evident or suspected.  Assessment involves a systematic evaluation of higher cognitive abilities to identify possible problems with brain functioning.  This helps lead to a diagnosis, defines strengths and weaknesses, and helps suggest best treatment options.  An evaluation can help guide decisions on: prognosis and dispositional planning, rehabilitation issues, ability to return to work, tracking of changes in functioning over time, and educational and vocational planning.  A wide range of conditions may affect neuropsychological functioning such as: neurologic conditions (e.g., stroke, epilepsy, brain tumor, Parkinson’s disease, MS, etc.), suspected memory problems or dementia, traumatic brain injury, medical conditions affecting central nervous system functioning (e.g., liver disease, Lupus, HIV infection, or cardiac conditions), psychiatric conditions, attentional disorders, and learning disorders.  The types of tests used depend upon the referral question and may assess: attention and memory, speed of thinking, reasoning and problem solving, visual-spatial functions, language functions, sensory-perceptual functions, motor functions, academic skills, and emotional functioning.

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