Trusted Neuropsychology in Southeastern MA & RI
A subspecialty of psychology, neuropsychology focuses on the relationship between brain injury or disease and behavior. A neuropsychologist helps people with conditions related to the central nervous system that affect the ability to think, reason, remember and learn.
The clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists in Fall River, Dartmouth and Wareham, MA at Southcoast Health use their training in psychology, neuroanatomy and cognitive neuroscience to assess, diagnose and treat a variety of medical, psychiatric, psychological, development and neurological conditions that can affect cognition.
These conditions can include:
- Acquired or traumatic brain injuries — stroke, closed head injuries and concussion, brain damage due to surgery, exposure to drugs or toxins, and hydrocephalus (“water on the brain,” which can be present at birth)
- Autism — all disorders on the autism spectrum
- Cancer — brain tumors
- Developmental disorders — learning disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and language problems
- Genetic conditions — Down syndrome, neurofibromatosis (tumors that grow on nerves) and various metabolic disorders
- Medical conditions that affect the nervous system — infections, diabetes, heart disease and liver disease
- Memory problems — Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia (FTD), vascular dementia and amnesia
- Neuromuscular or movement disorders — Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis
- Psychiatric disorders — depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and delusions
- Seizure disorders — epilepsy and nonepileptic seizures
Find Treatment from a Neuropsychologist at Southcoast Health
When you come to Southcoast Brain & Spine Center, our team of expert neuropsychologists will use tests to assess your cognitive deficits and evaluate:
- Cognitive functioning — intelligence, executive functions (planning, organizing, abstraction, conceptualization), attention, concentration, memory, language, reasoning, academic skills, problem solving, verbal and visual learning, distance and depth perception processing, and sensory-motor processing
- Physical factors — physical complaints and symptoms
- Psychological factors — personality type, motivation, moods, quality of life and emotional state
After analyzing your evaluation, we will create an individualized treatment plan, which could include:
- Behavioral management and counseling — cognitive-behavioral therapy, environmental changes, controlling excessive stimuli, maintaining structured schedules, addressing family stressors, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and other strategies for eliminating undesirable behaviors and promoting desirable behaviors
- Cognitive rehabilitation — attention process exercises, psychotherapy, psychoeducation, neurofeedback (the use of reinforcement to alter brain waves), and counseling for daily activities, such as managing finances, and other strategies to improve existing thinking and memory functions
- Cognitive strategies — mnemonics, diaries, notebooks, calendars, whiteboards or chalkboards, electronic organizers, telephone reminders, alarms, association techniques, guided imagery, relaxation techniques and other strategies to compensate for areas of weakness
Southcoast Health treats neurological conditions and more through neurophsycology in Fall River, Dartmouth, New Bedford and Wareham, MA, as well as surrounding areas of Rhode Island.