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Neuropsychology Service

The Neuropsychology Service provides comprehensive outpatient neuropsychological assessment for children, adolescents, and adults.

Contact: 212-326-8441

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the more common questions and answers about our services. For more information please contact us at (212) 326-8441.

What is neuropsychological assessment?
Neuropsychological assessment, or “testing,” is a process for evaluating cognitive functions such as intelligence, problem- solving, language, attention, learning, and memory. Emotional adjustment and behavior are also evaluated. Neuropsychological tests are non-invasive. The tests may involve using a paper and pencil, answering some questions, doing puzzles, or looking at pictures. Some tests may require using a computer.

Who conducts the evaluation?
A clinical neuropsychologist conducts the evaluation. A clinical neuropsychologist is a psychologist trained in the science of brain-behavior relationships.

How much time does it take?
Several visits are needed to complete an interview, formal testing, and a feedback meeting. For adolescents and adults, the formal testing takes two days with several hours at both visits. Testing for younger children may take less time. A written report is generated once all testing and feedback is completed.

Where does the testing happen?
All testing takes places in an outpatient office setting.

When is neuropsychological assessment needed?
Referrals for evaluation are usually made to address specific symptoms or concerns.

Some of the more commonly assesed concerns include:

  • Problems in academic setting
  • Attention or concentration problems
  • Executive function problems (e.g. organization, planning)
  • Memory complaints

Some of the more commonly assessed disorders include:

  • Learning Disorder (LD)
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD; ADD)
  • Other developmental disorder (e.g., autism; intellectual disability)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Cognitive Disorder resulting from medical conditions such as stroke, lead poisoning, MS, Lupus, neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, etc

Some common reasons for evaluation include:

  • Clarify a diagnosis
  • Update information about an existing diagnosis
  • Make recommendations for specific treatment or instructional strategies
  • Document a need for accommodations


Please contact us at (212) 326-8441 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Financial Information

Fees for neuropsychology services are on a self-pay basis.


Erica Kovacs, Ph.D.


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51 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019


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