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Psychological – Neuropsychological EvaluationNew York, NY

Before beginning any psychological treatment, it is important to identify the source of the issue or condition. Since no person is exactly like another, there is no generic treatment for mental health and cognitive brain issues. By customizing treatment, we can help patients to receive specialized care for their specific conditions.

At Complete Neuropsychology PC, we provide psychological-neuropsychological evaluations to better help our patients. Part of any mental health treatment, no matter the cause, is understanding the effects of the condition on the patient’s life. We can also use this evaluation in helping with law and psychology.

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Psychological-Neurological Evaluation

Neuropsychology studies the relationship between brain function and behavior. Along with exploring a patient’s behavior, we will also research a patient’s emotion and cognition in conjunction with brain function. What people may not realize or always remember is that everything in the body is connected through the nervous system. A neuropsychological evaluation can include reviewing a patient’s:

  • Cognition
  • Ability to understand, learn and think
  • Ability to perceive and solve problems
  • Ability to speak
  • Memory
  • Motivation
  • Emotional state

By combining these tests with an evaluation of the patient’s behavior and emotions, we can determine how the condition affects other aspects of the patient’s health and lifestyle. People who notice a drastic change in one’s behavior or thinking process will benefit from this evaluation. This evaluation can determine if the cause is certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. It can be due to depression, anxiety or a brain injury.

While an urgent care or hospital can treat physical wounds, they may not have the expertise to help treat mental damage. As a neuropsychologist, we can help to treat these issues by helping provide various forms of therapy, coping techniques, potential medication and more. We understand how intimidating it can be to ask for help in this situation and we want people to know that is fine.

This evaluation will only help patients identify the issues that are making their lives increasingly difficult and recommend treatment to deal with these issues. We will provide support throughout the process. On top of that, we can use these evaluations to help people in civil or criminal law proceedings by providing a psychological evaluation or the individual.

The Neuropsychological Evaluation Process

To begin the process, the patient or a loved one needs to call us and schedule an evaluation. If the individual is unsure about the source of the issue, he or she does not need to worry. That is what we are here to determine and find a solution for. During the initial evaluation, we will go over the patient’s medical history, current condition, emotional state and other pertinent factors.

We will conduct specific tests based on the patient’s condition and struggles. There are a variety of tests that we can use to determine the patient’s condition. The tests themselves are fairly easy to administer and will not be too complex in nature. For instance, a memory test will involve having the patient repeat a list with a series of words or numbers by memory.

A cognition test will involve measuring the ability within the patient to find similarities between two items. One way to test verbal communication skills will involve the patient naming specific items as we point at them. Options for motor tests can include inserting pegs into specific areas of a pegboard one hand at a time. While these may seem simple, they can help determine the physical extent and severity of a neuropsychological condition.

Beginning Treatment

Since a condition like a stroke can drastically change the way a body functions physically and mentally, the treatment will vary per patient. With these tests, we can also map out the progression of the disease and determine which treatment method will be effective. We will combine therapy, rehabilitation, medication and more in order to help patients get back up to functioning at an optimal level.

Since each patient is different, we will develop a personal treatment plan for the individual patient. Since certain conditions we can help treat are not curable, we will find methods that help the patient experience relief from the symptoms. We can administer therapeutic techniques to help the patient cope. We will help the patient adjust to a new lifestyle throughout this process.

To begin the evaluation and the path toward healing, call us and schedule an appointment today. You do not have to continue struggling with the pain. We can help live your life at the optimal level.

Who Needs A Neuropsychological Evaluation?

Some of the behaviors that lead patients to neuropsychological testing are:

A disease that can affect the brain, such as:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementia
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Brain tumor
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • AIDS

  • Other factors that may require a Neuropsychological Evaluation:

  • An injury that may have affected your brain, such as a concussion or a more serious brain injury
  • A history of drug or alcohol abuse that may have affected your brain
  • Exposure to poisons, chemicals, or pollution that can cause brain damage
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or problems in school
  • Inability to sustain attention
  • Anxiety/fear or reluctance to engage in developmentally appropriate activities
  • Atypical social behaviors/inability to establish peer friendships in a manner expected for age
  • Slow acquisition of academic skills
  • Obviously bright but inconsistently performing or under-performing academically
  • Our Manhattan practice is focused on giving private attention to people in need for Criminal , Immigration or Post Sport injuries Help.

    We work hand by hand with the different attorneys to help victims to overcome their experiences in life, as well as to be appropriately compensated for their acquired disabilities.

    We will evaluate each case, read the records , test and make a detailed report which will serve the specific person's needs.

    We may also be required to testify in court as expert witness or be part of a cross examination defense.

    In any case, our goal is to guide the person through tough moments with maximum expertise and dedication.

    LAW AND PSYCHOLOGY: THE UNDENIABLE MARRIAGE

    Law and Psychology are two separate disciplines, but their interaction have gained significant interest, based upon the increasing awareness of human impact with the law.

    While Psychology is focused in understanding human Behavior, the Law is focussed in regulating it; both fields make assumptions about what causes people to act the way they do.

    The field of Psychology and Law involves the application of scientific and professional aspects of psychology to questions and issues regarding the law and the Legal System.

    There are 2 main Law Areas:

    1. Civil

    Civil law is a body of rules that defines and protects the private rights of citizens, offers legal remedies that may be sought in a dispute:

  • Family: divorce, child custody, adoption, child support, same sex marriage, surrogate motherhood, Invitro fertilization, alimony, abandonment, other
  • Personal injury
  • Car accidents
  • Work related accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • other

  • 2. Criminal

    The term “criminal law” refers to the actual laws, statutes, and rules that define acts and conduct as crimes, and establishes punishments for each type of crime. Criminal acts are generally those seen by the government to threaten public welfare or safety, the severity of which categorizes various crimes as either misdemeanor or felony:

  • Adultery, bigamy
  • Assault, sexual assault
  • Rape
  • Battery
  • Bullying
  • Child abuse and neglects
  • Harassment
  • Insanity
  • Narcotics
  • Extortion
  • Capital murder
  • Other
  • Psychological interventions:

    *Clinical Psychologists

    *Neuropsychologists

    *Forensic Psychologists

    *Criminal Psychologist

    Clinical psychology is a broad branch of psychology that focuses on diagnosing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Some of the more common disorders that might be treated include learning disabilities, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

    Neuropsychology is the study of the relationship between the Brain and Behavior. They often work in any suspected neuropsychiatric disorder, such as TBI, stroke, dementia, and others.

    Forensic Psychology is a specialty in professional psychology; its goal is to provide expertise within the judicial and legal system. Forensic psychologists study problems with crime prevention, rehabilitation programs in prison, courtrooms dynamics, select candidates for police work, and others.

    Criminal Psychology also referred to as criminological psychology, is the study of the wills, thoughts, intentions, and reactions of criminals and all that partakes in the criminal behavior.

    Psychological and Neuropsychological evaluations in Civil Law:

    Forensic evaluations:

    1. IEMs: Plaintiff and Defense Independent Neuropsychological and Psycho-logical evaluations. If TBI or other physical damage occurred, the evaluation includes mental, emotional, and behavioral outcomes. Plaintiffs are assessed in the intellectual, emotional and behavioral control of their clients. Also the evaluation assists in determining if damage really exists and if yes, in which level or severity, or level of distress or disability resulting from the injury. IEMS may also assist the lawyers on existing evidence, previous professional reports, etc reading and making comments to object conclusions and or diagnoses.
    2. Personal Injury Litigations- other than car accidents and WC accidents
    3. Auto and work related accidents- No fault, construction accidents, non traumatic brain injuries, such as fire-related burning accidents, other
    4. Pedestrian accidents
    5. Police brutality
    6. Falling objects and elevator accidents
    7. Detection of Malingering- question of deception, feigning illness
    8. Medical malpractice- medical errors that cause injury
    9. Toxic cases- intoxication
    10. Disability determinations: i.e.: Social Security Disability-SSD or Suplemental security Income-SSI. Prove of developmental disabilities or mental conditions that prevent a person from holding a job and/or taking care of himself.
    11. Civil Competency and Testamentary Capacity evaluations

    Psychological and Neuropsychological evaluations in Criminal Law:

    Forensic/Criminal evaluations:

    1. Mental State at the time of the commission of a felony: i.e.: Not guilty by reason of Insanity and Diminished capacity
    2. Mitigation in Capital murder cases and other crimes
    3. Malingering and symptom magnification
    4. Risk assessments for violent and sex offender recidivism
    5. Risk to self or others mentally disturbed offender
    6. Juvenile waiver
    7. Brain maturity evidence in Juvenile cases
    8. Conduct disorders in children/adolescentes
    9. Homicides
    10. Internet pornography
    11. Child abuse
    12. Ability to assist counsel

    Civil and Criminal psychologists will assist the legal system, evaluating, serving in court as an expert witness, extending specialized reports, performing well researched information and working as a team with other professionals such as psychiatrists, law enforcement, lawyers, other.

    Immigration Law: major areas of Psychological intervention:

    1. Extreme Hardship cases of deportation of spouse, child separation; based on waivers due to hardship cases
    2. Spousal abuse (VAWA)- abuse from a US citizen or resident to a foreign person married to them: report must show emotional, physical, sexual abuse and severity
    3. Political Asylum-report of possible psychological problems developed in the original country and/or after arriving to the US
    4. U and T VISA- U visa gives legal status to immigrants, even undocumented , who have been victims of serious crimes in the US. This visa allows them to stay and work for 4 years, and then apply for green card
    5. Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions-N648 Disability in Naturalization: This is the disability waiver that exempts applicants for US citizenship from demonstrating they can speak, read and write English and/or passing the US history and civics examination. The waiver allows the applicant to have the examination in his own language, and not to respond to history and government questions

    Education Law: Is the legal discipline covering all issues pertaining to schools, from Kindergarten through higher education.Parents who believed that their children’s rights have been violated need to file a grievance with the district.

    Special Education and students with disabilities.

  • Special education is the practice of educating students with disabilities or special needs in an effective way that addresses their individual differences and needs.
  • Some forms of support include specialized classrooms; adapted equipment and materials; accessible settings; teacher’s aides; and speech, occupational, or physical therapists.
  • Common types of learning disabilities include intellectual disabilities, autism, ADHD, dyslexia, deaf-blindness, developmental delay, orthopedic impairment, speech or language impairment, and traumatic brain injury.
  • Two laws, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504, provide guidance to educators in order to provide appropriate and equal education to students with disabilities.
  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act provides federal funding to states to be put towards the educational needs of disabled children. Its two main components include Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and the Individual Education Program (IEP).
  • Section 504 is a civil-rights law that protects students with disabilities from discrimination, even if they are not provided for by the IDEA. Section 504 states that schools must ensure that a student with a disability is educated among peers without disabilities.
  • Forensic Psychology & Neuropsychology services perform evaluations and assessments for children, adolescents and young adults to assess the need for academic accommodations in a variety of settings.

    Sports Law

    Sports law is divided between amateur and professional sports. At the amateur or university level, sports lawyers ensure that athletes and donors are in compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules. They also work with colleges and universities that receive federal aid and are thus subject to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in athletic programs.

    At the professional level, sports lawyers address contract and antitrust issues. They may serve as agents to individual players or represent team owners.

    Sports Psychology helps athletes refine their focus on competition goals, become more motivated, and learn to deal with the anxiety and fear of failure that often accompany competition.

    In case of an injury, Psychological/neuropsychological evaluations report damage ( emotional, cognitive, behavioral) as a consequence of sport practice, beyond the assumption of risk ( negligence, willful conduct or faulty equipment).