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Neuropsychological Assessment: A Valuable Tool in the Diagnosis and Management of Neurological, Neurodevelopmental, Medical, and Psychiatric Disorders

Braun, Michelle PhD, ABPP-CN*; Tupper, David PhD, ABPP-CN; Kaufmann, Paul JD, PhD, ABPP-CN; McCrea, Michael PhD, ABPP-CN§; Postal, Karen PhD, ABPP-CN; Westerveld, Michael PhD, ABPP-CN; Wills, Karen PhD, ABPP-CN#; Deer, Teresa PhD**

Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: September 2011 - Volume 24 - Issue 3 - p 107–114
doi: 10.1097/WNN.0b013e3182351289
Position Paper

For both children and adults with neurological, neurodevelopmental, medical, or psychiatric disorders, neuropsychological assessment can be a valuable tool in determining diagnosis, prognosis, and functional abilities as well as informing clinical management. This review summarizes the contributions of neuropsychological assessment to clinical care across diagnostic categories, with the goal of helping clinicians determine its utility for individual patients.

*Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Racine, WI

§Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

**Neuropsychological Consultants, Kenosha, WI

Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis

#Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Department of Health and Human Services, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Neuropsychology Consultants, Andover, MA

Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Reprints: Michelle Braun, PhD, ABPP-CN, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, 3805B Spring Street, Ste. 320, Racine, WI 53405 (e-mail:

Received August 29, 2011

Accepted August 29, 2011

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.