Neuropsychology is a subspecialty of psychology. It focuses on the relationship between brain injury or disease and behavior. A neuropsychologist helps people with conditions that affect the ability to think, reason, remember, and learn.
Arizona’s finest neurological care is available at Dignity Health, including neuropsychology in Arizona. Our Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s location has been named a top neurological hospital by US News and World Report. Use our online Find a Doctor tool to make an appointment today.
Conditions We Treat With Neuropsychology
Our neuropsychologists treat neurological, developmental, and psychological conditions related to the central nervous system:
- Medical conditions that affect the nervous system, including infections, diabetes, heart disease, and liver disease
- Cancer, including brain tumors
- Developmental disorders, including learning disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD)/ADHD, and language problems
- Autism and all disorders on the autism spectrum (a)utism spectrum disorder, or ASD
- Genetic conditions, including Down syndrome, neurofibromatosis (tumors) that grow on nerves, and metabolic disorders
- Acquired or traumatic brain injuries, including stroke, concussion, brain damage due to surgery, exposure to drugs or toxins, and hydrocephalus (“water on the brain,” which can be present at birth)
- Seizure disorders, including epilepsy and nonepileptic seizures
- Neuromuscular, or movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis
- Psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and delusions
- Memory problems, including Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal disorder (FTD), vascular dementia, and amnesia
Neuropsychology Services at Dignity Health
Your neuropsychologist will use tests to assess cognitive deficits and guide treatment. Your evaluation will include:
- Psychological factors, including personality type, motivation, moods, quality of life, and emotional state
- Cognitive functioning, including intelligence, executive functions (p)lanning, organizing, abstraction, conceptualization, attention, concentration, memory, language, reasoning, academic skills, problem solving, verbal and visual learning, distance and depth perception processing, and sensory-motor processing (a)bility to feel being touched and your sense of balance and movement
- Physical factors, including physical complaints and symptoms
Once your evaluation is complete, your personalized treatment plan may include:
- Cognitive rehabilitation: attention process exercises, psychotherapy, psychoeducation, neurofeedback, counseling for daily activities such as managing finances, and additional strategies to improve existing thinking and memory functions
- Cognitive strategies: mnemonics, diaries, notebooks, calendars, whiteboards or chalkboards, electronic organizers, telephone reminders, alarms, association techniques, guided imagery, relaxation techniques, and other strategies to compensate for areas of weakness
- Behavioral management and counseling: cognitive-behavioral therapy, environmental changes, controlling excessive stimuli, maintaining structured schedules, addressing family stressors, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and other strategies for eliminating undesirable behaviors and promoting desirable behaviors
Dignity Health provides nationally recognized neuropsychology in Arizona.