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Dr. Robert McIntyre, Ph.D.

2305 Canyon Blvd., #205
Boulder, CO 80302
303-442-7220
robert.mcintyre4@gte.net
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License: PSY2043

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Neuropsychological Testing

What does neuropsychological testing involve?

Neuropsychological testing formally evaluates a person’s brain functioning by testing many different aspects of thinking skills (such as memory, attention, language, and vision), movement, sensation, behavioral, and emotional functioning.

Many neuropsychological tests simply involve the person answering questions out loud for the psychologist who then writes down the answers, although some paper and pencil testing and minimal use of a computer sometimes occurs too.

How long is the appointment?

The length of an appointment for neuropsychological assessment varies greatly depending on the patient and the complexity of the presenting problem.

In straightforward cases, it may be possible to complete the entire evaluation (interview and testing) in four to five hours, which may occur in a single meeting or be spread across more than one meeting.

In complex cases, the interview component alone may take four to five hours. In such cases, patients almost always choose to return on a separate day for testing, where in most cases the second appointment can be scheduled close to the first evaluation date.

Actual neuropsychological testing time also varies but can last anywhere from 2.5 to 5 hours, depending on the complexity of the case, the number of tests that need to be used, and the referral questions. During testing, there are ample opportunities to stretch, use the restroom if needed, or even break for lunch.

How long does it take for the report to be completed?

This varies, but all efforts will be made for a report to be generated within two weeks of the evaluation date. The report will then be mailed out to the professional requesting the evaluation.

Are patients able to get a copy of the report?

Patients have a right to their medical records and when requested facilitation of patient ability to obtain the report occurs when clinically appropriate. When questions or comments about the content of the report arise, a follow-up feedback session can be scheduled with Dr. McIntyre.

Should I bring a family member?

Yes. It is often helpful for the neuropsychologist to interview a family member to learn more about you and your symptoms. If you do not have a close family member, a close friend is also appropriate to bring.

Can a family member sit in on the evaluation?

Family members are encouraged to sit in during the clinical interview, but cannot sit in during the actual testing because this can cause distractions and because the tests were not normed with third parties in the room. The official position of the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) is that 3rd party observers should not sit in on neuropsychological testing. One exception Dr. McIntyre provides for this (consistent with NAN guidelines) is that parents can sit in on the testing if the child has extreme separation anxiety. However, this would be noted in the neuropsychological report and could affect the test results.

Who will be testing me?

You will be interviewed and tested by Dr. McIntyre.

Should I (or my child) take my/his/her medications (e.g., Ritalin) before the testing?

Yes. This is because the neuropsychologists would like to evaluate you when you are functioning at your best possible level.