The Applied Neuropsychology Institute


                                           Dr. Spencer Wetter


Q: What Is a neuropsychologist?
A:  The science of neuropsychology examines the links between brain function and behavior. By identifying and addressing these links, the skilled neuropsychologist helps patients understand how their own unique problem-solving styles contribute to their successes and their challenges at work,  in school, relationships and elsewhere.

Neuropsychologists typically are licensed psychologists with at least 4 postgraduate years of study in human development, neurological development, emotional function, and social development. Clinicians who practice neuropsychology additionally undergo extensive education in specific brain function  related  to behavior and learning. This training equips them to develop specialized curricula and educational techniques.

Neuropsychologists, such as Dr. Wetter, who practice applied neuropsychology also develop individualized remediative programs to address functional issues at school, work, home, and elsewhere.

A: A neuropsychological assessment answers the questions associated with how a person thinks and learns. It is an indepth look at intellect assessment of language processing, perceptual processing, memory, focus and attention and academic progress. This type of  assessment leads to specific recommendations about what should be done to solve problem areas. School psychologists, on the other hand, are looking at a child’s academic standing and determining whether there is a school based program that they qualify to participate in. Thus many issues are not addressed nor are the full range of remediations explored.

A: The length of the testing period varies based upon the subject's age and cognitive processing speed. In most cases, the assessment involves four to seven hours of testing.

A: No. To minimize fatigue Dr. Wetter prefers to perform assessments during at least two different testing sessions.  Tests typically are administered during the morning to mid-day hours when a patient is alert and not tired from a day of school or work.