What is Neuropsychology?

Neuropsychology is the study of the relationship between the brain and human behavior. A pediatric neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with specialized training in how brain functions and systems affect learning, behavior, and child development. Dr. Mueller completed extensive doctoral level graduate training in clinical psychology and neuroscience and completed a rigorous 2-year postdoctoral fellowship (i.e, clinical residency) in neuropsychology.

 

Brain function is assessed indirectly using formal neurocognitive tests in a child-friendly environment. Children are given written tasks, computer exercises, puzzles, and play activities.

 

The assessment includes a thorough review of all medical and academic records, as well as parent interviews and consultations with other professionals familiar with the child.  A comprehensive battery of tests is administered including observation and interaction with the child.  Brain function is assessed indirectly using formal neurocognitive tests in a child-friendly environment. Children are given written tasks, computer exercises, puzzles, and play activities.

 

The result is diagnostic clarity and a treatment plan tailored to your child. This information is discussed with parents at a feedback meeting and is detailed in a written report. The report includes specific, individualized recommendations that have been shown to be effective for similar children. Interventions can be implemented in concert with existing professionals (e.g., educators, psychologists, physicians) and with referrals and new resources introduced by the neuropsychologist.