Neuropsychological Assessments – Emeryville
Dr. Gina Pfeifle of the Abbey Neuropsychology Clinic is heading up our new office in Emeryville to better service our referrals from San Francisco, the East Bay, and Marin. Dr. Pfeifle is a licensed psychologist with specialized training in the neuropsychological evaluation of infants, children, and adolescents. She completed her doctoral training through the University of Texas at Austin. She completed additional training and specialization in pediatric neuropsychology through an internship at Texas Children’s Hospital and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She has extensive experience assessing neuropsychological functioning in children with learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental disabilities like autism, and mood disorders. In addition, she has specialized training in the evaluation of the neuropsychological effects of medical disorders including concussion, brain injuries, brain tumors, stroke, epilepsy, and encephalitis. Her primary focus is providing comprehensive neuropsychological assessment of children and young adults ages 3-25.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a neuropsychological assessment?
A neuropsychological assessment is a battery of tests designed to identify your level of cognitive, emotional, and social functioning in multiple areas. We use a variety of tools, expert knowledge, and tests to discover your personal strengths and weaknesses. Testing takes place over several sessions in order to obtain a clear picture of your cognitive, social, and emotional abilities.
Who would benefit from a neuropsychological assessment?
A neuropsychological evaluation is beneficial for understanding any child/adult at a deeper level, to address their specific needs in learning and/or daily functioning. It can also be helpful for those experiencing difficulties within the classroom or work environment (difficulties in specific subjects, problems with attention, executive functioning difficulties, procrastination, weak working memory or processing speed), with a medical condition (e.g., concussion, seizures), that have been diagnosed with developmental delays (down syndrome, autism), social and emotional difficulties (anxiety, depression, trauma, OCD), and/or just to have a baseline level of current functioning.
What types of tests are administered?
Our neuropsychological assessment is comprised of an IQ test (comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, processing speed), subtests designed to test proficiency in academic areas (math, reading, writing, spelling), attention measures, executive functioning measures, learning and memory, fine motor skills, visual-spatial processing, verbal and nonverbal fluency, social and emotional functioning, and self-report measures. As weaknesses surface throughout the testing process, more tests might be given to discover the root of struggles. Moreover, we work from a strength-based model, so identifying what someone is really good at is also extremely important.
How are Abbey Clinic’s neuropsychological assessments different?
We continue testing until all questions and concerns are addressed. We do not work under time constraints and will continue to work until we get a clear, in depth picture. We employ highly sensitive measures that are updated and very specific. After completing testing, we expect that any parent, teacher, tutor, or family doctor can open our report, look over the graphics, and get a clear understanding of the individual’s strengths and weaknesses. Our results are user friendly, and we provide detailed written material to back up the visual material.
Finally, we pride ourselves on our recommendations. Assessments help us to determine the root of these challenges, and we offer solutions to these problems. We keep in close contact with providers in the area and go to conferences to make sure we have information on the latest technology and interventions available. Our recommendations include detailed classroom accommodations, interventions, technology, remediation programs, appropriate books and websites, and summer programs. Moreover, because our center is comprised of a multidisciplinary team, we consult with each other, to provide the latest in intervention options. Many of these options can be found directly within our center, which provides a cohesive and comprehensive intervention model.