What an Evaluation Involves

What to expect

A neuropsychological evaluation involves thorough and in-depth study of person's current functioning, background, mental health status, medical status, and cognitive status.

Face-to-face interview

Includes review how of the person has functioned lifelong, recent difficulties, childhood, social background, medical history, and substance use.

Testing

Testing involves a variety of mental exercises that isolate areas of thinking, speed, and memory that are affected by specific areas of the brain. It serves as a sort of "internal brain scan."

Symptom checklists compare the person's difficulties with other known mental health conditions.

When you arrive, you will be greeted by Dr. Bryan, and will complete forms for informed consent and demographic background. Payment arrangements will be clarified at that point. We will go over the schedule for the day and review any questions you have.

Through the beginning of the interview, we will sit down with the person being evaluated and with family members or others who have come along. Some of the interview will then be done alone, and testing is done without others present.

Testing cannot be recorded in any form because of test publisher licensing security and because recording can interfere with test performance.

The length of the evaluation will depend on the referral. INEs typically last from 9:00 AM to about 4:30 PM. We will take several breaks, and you may bring a snack or lunch. FAA evaluations are typically divided over two days for about four hours each. Clinical evaluations from a physician are usually about three hours. If needing more time, we might finish on another day.

Feedback about evaluation results will also depend on the referral. For clinical evaluations, we can schedule a feedback session, or can discuss results via phone at your preference. A brief summary of findings can be provided. An FAA evaluation report is provided to the pilot applicant and to the FAA. Forensic and INE evaluation results are reported only to the referring attorney or disability agency.

Feedback for those evaluations is provided through the referring source.

These on line materials provide a good summary of most neuropsychological evaluations:



Accurate, Objective, & Credible Neuropsychology