What is a neuropsychological assessment?
A neuropsychological assessment is appropriate whenever one of your care providers would like clarification of potential symptoms associated with thinking or brain functioning. An assessment may also be appropriate if you feel you or a loved one may be cognitively declining or perhaps feel you may have an attention deficit disorder.
This service focuses on assessing brain functioning. You’ll work with our licensed Neuropsychologist who will help you and your care providers by characterizing cognitive abilities, providing treatment recommendations, and assisting with diagnosis when necessary.
Many medical and psychiatric conditions are appropriate for neuropsychological evaluation, some of which include:
Stroke and TIA
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune CNS conditions
Movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, etc.)
Mental health conditions (e.g., depression and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, etc.)
What can you expect?
You will likely spend three to four hours together participating in the assessment with your doctor. This permits your clinician ample time to get to know you, understand your background, go through the tasks at your pace, and take breaks as necessary.
The assessment usually begins with a clinical interview and then progresses into a number of different thinking activities and “brain teasers,” in which many different functions of the brain can be assessed, including:
Visuospatial Ability (i.e., ability to combine visual and spatial information in complex ways)
Executive Functioning (e.g., planning, problem-solving, impulse control, etc.)
Once your assessment is done, we will schedule a one on one feedback session with your doctor.
This is an amazing opportunity to discuss a formal diagnosis, along with identifying various strengths and weaknesses in specific areas, resulting in a distinct neuropsychological profile. Lastly, you receive the best possible treatment options. Family is encourage to attend and ask as many questions to understand the complete assessment.
Dr. Ryan Mekota specializes in providing neuropsychological services to teens, adult and geriatric populations. Individuals with known or suspected neurological, medical and psychiatric conditions are referred to Dr. Mekota for comprehensive cognitive and psychological assessments. He specializes in evaluating and developing treatment plans for individuals presenting with dementia or memory complaints, attention deficits, head injuries, possible cerebrovascular changes, and neurodegenerative disorders.
Dr. Mekota completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at John Carroll University and his doctoral education in Clinical psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He has also received additional training in neuropsychology at the University of Chicago, Jesse Brown VAMC, and Canandaigua VAMC.
Dr. Mekota is currently the only neuropsychologist within Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties and offers assessments Tuesdays through Saturdays to accommodate all schedules.
For more information, please contact Dr. Ryan Mekota, Director of Neuropsychology