Neuropsychology

If you or a loved one experience an illness or injury that affects your memory or thinking ability, turn to a neuropsychologist at Essentia Health. Our specialists diagnose and treat issues related to your brain function that can impact behavior. 

We offer complete neuropsychological testing and treat the underlying medical cause in an effort to improve your brain function. This service is available in Duluth, Minnesota, and several communities in North Dakota. 

What’s a Neuropsychologist?

Neuropsychologists are clinical psychologists with specialized training in understanding relationships between the brain and behavior. They are skilled at evaluating your brain’s ability to perceive, think, reason, respond, and remember.

When to See a Specialist

Changes in memory, difficulty concentrating or confusion can be a cause for concern. If you notice these symptoms or have any of the conditions listed below, discuss them with your primary care doctor. You may be referred to a neuropsychologist.

  • Anxiety, aggression, or depression
  • Brain tumor
  • Concussion
  • Memory loss
  • Neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Side effects from cancer treatment
  • Stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic brain injury, including concussion
  • Trouble doing daily activities or communicating

Neuropsychological Testing

Count on your neuropsychologist to thoroughly assess your cognitive function and abilities. Your comprehensive exam may include:

  • Review of your medical history
  • Discussions with you and close family members or caregivers about your symptoms
  • Standardized tests, which may be given verbally, on paper, or via computer
  • Activities, such as completing a puzzle

The results of your evaluation will be reviewed with you so you can understand how your condition affects your attention, memory, mood, problem-solving abilities, coping skills, and daily life.

Individualized Care Plan

Your neuropsychologist will work with you and your care team to develop a personalized care plan. We may also connect you with community resources that can benefit you and your family.

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a referral from your primary care provider or a specialist for this service.