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Neuropsychological Testing

Mental function assessments in Jackson, WY

Neuropsychological testing evaluates a person’s ability to reason, concentrate, solve problems, and remember. The testing involves a series of activities designed to measure memory and thinking skills. The outcome is a detailed assessment of strengths and weaknesses that can be used to diagnose issues and plan appropriate treatments.

What do the tests evaluate?

  • Learning and memory
  • Attention and concentration
  • Language
  • Problem solving and reasoning skills
  • Visual-spatial skills
  • Motor and sensory skills
  • Mood and personality

How are the tests performed?

There are a variety of tests available. The types of tests administered will depend on what brain functions your doctors want to evaluate.

Tests are done with pencil and paper, on the computer, and with objects. The tests are meant to check the limits of your abilities, so try not to feel frustrated if the tests seem to be difficult.

Who should receive neuropsychological testing?

Doctors and other health care professionals may refer someone who is showing signs of memory changes or who has had a traumatic brain injury, stroke, or other neurological issues.

Testing can also be used as a baseline before there is a problem. The results can be compared with testing results obtained at a later date.

What can I expect when getting a neuropsychological evaluation?

St. John’s Cognitive Health offers this specialized service through its affiliation with University of Utah Health, allowing area residents to be tested in Jackson rather than having to travel.

There is a series of appointments involved with this testing process:

  1. A one- to two-hour initial cognitive appointment with Dr. Martha Stearn for a thorough assessment.
  2. A half-day evaluation that begins with a half-hour telemedicine interview with neuropsychologist Dr. Dustin Hammers. This is followed by four to six hours of testing with a technician. After the testing is completed, Dr. Hammers compiles the results of the history, interview, and testing information to create an individualized report.
  3. A one-hour follow-up appointment one to two weeks later with Dr. Stearn to review the report and give treatment recommendations.

What do I need to do to prepare?

  • Make sure you're well rested and have eaten before coming
  • Bring snacks and a beverage
  • Bring hearing aids, glasses, and/or medication if needed
  • If possible, bring someone who knows you well to the telemedicine interview with Dr. Hammers

Call St. John's Cognitive Health at 307.739.7434 to schedule a neuropsychological testing appointment today