Neuropsychology involves the assessment of people who have experienced an injury to their brain from a range of possible causes, such as a developmental disorder, a head injury or a neurological event such as a stroke or disease affecting the brain. The aim of the assessment is to determine whether a person’s memory and thinking skills have been affected by their brain injury.
Neuropsychology assessments typically last between three to four hours. They involve an interview and the measurement of a client’s cognitive functioning, such as their intellectual abilities, memory, visuospatial processing, and executive function (complex thinking). Changes in behaviour, such as increased irritability and impulsivity, are measured as well as changes in mood, such as anxiety or depression. An assessment is conducted to diagnose whether a person is suffering from a particular disorder and if so, to evaluate their prognosis for recovery.
Robin is a clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist with twenty years of experience both in hospitals and in private practice. She has worked at Canberra Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital and now works part-time as a consultant psychologist in the Pain Department at Greenwich Hospital in Sydney. Her experience in neuropsychological assessments and treatment includes patients who were referred privately or through the legal system with conditions such as acquired brain injury, developmental disorders, intellectual disability, dementia, medical conditions, epilepsy and psychiatric disorders.
Her educational qualifications include a Doctorate in Psychology with a specialty in Clinical Neuropsychology, a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is a fellow of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, a fellow of the College of Clinical Psychology and a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She is registered with the Australian Health Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with endorsements in Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology, PSY0001140451.
Molly is a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice who has been working in the field of neuropsychology for over nine years. Prior to establishing a private practice, she was employed by Corrective Services NSW to provide neuropsychological services to offenders in the state-wide gaol system and to those involved in community programs. Referrals included patients with intellectual disability, dementia, and acquired brain injury due to cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, psychiatric illness, motor vehicle accidents, assaults, drug and alcohol abuse and developmental disorders.
Her formal qualifications include a Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology, a Master of Science (Psychology) and a Bachelor of Science (HonsClass1) from University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Economics from Harvard University. She is a fellow of the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, a member of the Australian Psychological Society and is registered with the Australian Health Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with an endorsement in Clinical Neuropsychology, PSY0001071915.