Neuropsychology in Edmonton

What is Neuropsychology?

Clinical Neuropsychology is a specialty area within the field of psychology, with an emphasis on brain behaviour relationships. A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment is a specialized evaluation designed to measure a person’s brain functioning. This may include specific cognitive abilities, behaviours, and emotional states. Assessments are objective and data-driven, with conclusions based on how someone performs on standardized psychometric measures administered in the clinic combined with information from other sources, such as a person’s history, self-report of symptoms and concerns, the information provided by people who know the examinee well, and relevant medical records.

About Dr. Therese Chevalier

Dr. Therese Chevalier is a clinical neuropsychologist with specialized clinical training and expertise in comprehensive neuropsychological assessment of adults with complex medical, neurological, psychiatric, and neurodevelopmental conditions. She has specialized training and expertise in civil capacity assessment and cognitive rehabilitation therapy.

  • Dr. Chevalier completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS and her CPA-accredited residency in Clinical Neuropsychology through The Ottawa Hospital. She holds a position as an Assistant Clinical Professor through the Department of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta.
  • Scope of practice includes diagnostic assessment and consultation for conditions such as acquired brain injury, degenerative brain conditions (i.e. dementias), stroke, intellectual disability, learning disability, ADHD, autism, neurological and medical conditions, psychiatric disorders, and general mental health conditions.
  • Dr. Chevalier has been qualified as an expert in neuropsychology and has provided expert testimony in the Court of King’s Bench.
  • With a focus on client-centered care, Dr. Chevalier works with individuals to help them understand how their unique pattern of cognitive strengths and weakness can influence their thinking, and the effect that this can have on day-to-day activities. Feedback sessions will be used to provide education about the meaning of a diagnosis and to focus on individualized strategies to capitalize on strengths and promote optimal outcomes for everyday life.

Referral Questions:

There are many reasons that someone may seek a neuropsychological assessment. Neuropsychological assessment can provide detailed information that can be used for many purposes.

  • Identifying areas of cognitive strength and weakness
  • Detecting cognitive impairments due to acquired brain injury, dementia, or neurodevelopmental issues.
  • Determining the severity of cognitive deficits
  • Identifying or clarifying physical or mental health conditions that may be causing or contributing to cognitive difficulties or changes
  • Diagnosing neurocognitive, neurodevelopmental, or mental health disorders (i.e. traumatic brain injury, dementia, ADHD, depression)
  • Establishing baseline cognitive function to track changes over time
  • Assisting with medical treatment decisions
  • Addressing specific questions about a return to work, the need for additional support, or safety while driving
  • Expert testimony for criminal or civil legal proceedings

What to expect:

You will participate in a clinical interview with Dr. Chevalier where she will ask you questions about your background and history. You will complete psychological tests designed to measure different cognitive functions, such as:

  • Global Intelligence
  • Learning and memory
  • Attention and concentration
  • Information processing speed
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Language-based skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Emotional status

Dr. Chevalier will review any available medical records; she may contact close family members or friends for collateral information, interpret the results of the tests that are administered, and write a report. The report will be provided to the referral source, and the results and recommendations may be discussed in a feedback session.

Coverage

A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment usually takes between 12 and 20  hours to complete depending on the referral question. A medico-legal assessment can take significantly longer, depending on the case’s complexity. The time commitment will vary based on the nature of the referral question and the amount of background information provided.

Insurance:  Most health benefit providers offer some neuropsychological or psychological assessment services coverage. For specific questions regarding coverage, please get in touch with your provider directly. Direct billing is available through certain providers. Upon payment, you will receive a detailed invoice and receipt that you can submit to your insurance provider. 

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