Neuropsychological testings are cognitive tests that measure brain functioning. It can be useful to identify and differentiate any diagnoses that involve cognitive functioning such as dementia, adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, intellectual abilities, traumatic brain injury, and others.
We sometimes recommend and conduct neuropsychological tests as part of our comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis. These tests can help identify specific problems or help us differentiate between possible diagnoses and inform the treatment plan to be more individualized.
For example, neuropsychological evaluations can measure your:
- Ability to concentrate
- Cognitive processing
- Executive function
- Memory (immediate & delayed recall)
- Visual-spatial skills
- Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
- Information Processing
What to Expect From a Neuropsychological Evaluation
The first step would be to schedule a consultation with one of our neuropsychology specialists. They will conduct an initial virtual evaluation to see if you're the right candidate and what type of testing would be beneficial.
The testing typically takes a few hours and can be completed in multiple days. It can be done online or in-person depending on the nature of the test. Your specialist will determine the exact breakdown of the tests and timing with you during the consultation. After the testing is complete, they will meet with you to go over the detailed results.
As for payment, insurance companies only cover neuropsych testing if you meet certain criteria. If you do, we will request authorization from your insurance and give you an estimated quote before proceeding with the testing. We are currently offering neuropsychological testing for age 18+ patients living in New York. Please note, we do not conduct testing for minors or for diagnosing autism spectrum disorder.
Carlos Baguer, Neuropsychologist
Dr. Baguer is a licensed clinical psychologist with a decade of experience in the assessment and treatment of mental illness. He completed his undergraduate work at Cornell University and Vassar College and earned a master’s degree in psychology and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The New School for Social Research in New York City. His doctoral thesis on risk attributions of persons at genetic risk for melanoma was completed through Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Baguer completed pre-doctoral clinical training at The Brief Psychotherapy Research Program at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel, Bellevue Hospital Center’s Bilingual Treatment Program, and NYU Postdoctoral Program for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He completed his internship at NYU School of Medicine-Bellevue Hospital.
Dr. Baguer specializes in the psychotherapeutic treatment of personality disorders, anxiety disorders, and severe and persistent mental illness, including schizophrenia spectrum disorders. He has completed additional postdoctoral training in dialectical behavior skills and is currently receiving additional training in neuropsychological testing.
Availability: At full capacity. Please call (212) 203-1773 for inquiries.
Eleanor Murphy, Neuropsychologist
Dr. Murphy received her doctoral degree and training at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She completed postdoctoral training at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Dr. Murphy completed further training in research and clinical assessments of mood and anxiety disorders at the National Institutes of Health, (NIH) and the Columbia University Medical Center and New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her areas of specialty include evaluation and diagnosis of mood and anxiety disorders, psychological testing and assessment of emotional and cognitive disorders across the lifespan.
Availability: Accepting new patients, please book here.
Taoxin Zeng, Neuropsychologist
Dr. Zeng is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in psychological assessment, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for adult, adolescents, and children, play therapy, Prolonged Exposure therapy, expressive art and horticultural therapy, and mindfulness treatment. She received her Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Child & Family Studies from Stony Brook University, and earned her MSEd. and Psy.D. from Pace University. She completed her clinical internship at Maimonides Medical Center, and her doctoral dissertation was focused on parenting children of different ages. Dr. Zeng’s postdoctoral trainings include neuropsychological assessment and treatments for personality disorders, PTSD, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, anxiety disorders, and severe depressive disorders. It is her passion to work with different age groups and people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Additional Languages: Mandarin