NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION

Dr. Kutner performs Neuropsychological evaluation in order to determine etiology (diagnosis) and provide treatment recommendations for brain-related cognitive problems. Neuropsychological testing provides an objective examination of cognitive impairment utilizing a battery of tests, which have been scientifically demonstrated to be reliable as well as valid. Testing determines if impairment in attention/concentration, processing speed, memory, reasoning, language, and visuo-spatial skills have developed. Specifically, Neuropsychological evaluation provides objective documentation of brain impairment and associated cognitive deficits. Testing is also utilized to assist in determining the etiology of impairment. In many cases (i.e. Post-concussion Syndrome), Neuropsychological testing documents brain damage when other neurological methods, such as neuroimaging and EEG, are not sensitive enough to discern brain dysfunction.

 

Testing at our center consists of a comprehensive Neuropsychological examination. Professional Sports Concussion Care is unique in that our assessment provides significantly more diagnostic information than other centers that utilize brief 30-minute computerized tests, which are at best, only a screening device. Following the Neuropsychological evaluation, an individualized recommendation and treatment plan is developed. In some cases, athletes may require treatment for headaches, imbalance, and visual disturbance. In these cases, athletes will be referred to local physicians who specialize in neurology, ophthalmology, and physical therapy.

 

"Neuropsychological evaluation is critical to the decision-making process for return-to-play and concussion management. Seeking an opinion by an expert can help athletes return-to-play safely, reduce the risk of post-concussion syndrome, and extend career playing time."

 

NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION

Dr. Kutner is Board Certified by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. He is also a Fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Kutner has been on the Faculty of Weill Cornell Medicine-Cornell University for over 20 years. His appointment at Weill Cornell Medicine is within the Department of Neurological Surgery where he has published research on traumatic brain injury published in top medical journals i.e Neurosurgery. He is also been the Team Neuropsychologist for the New York Giants since 1994. He has been designated as an Examining Neuropsychologist by both the National Football League (NFL) and Retired National Football Players Association (PFRPA) where he performs Neuropsychological Evaluations for the $ 1 Billion Concussion Settlement (nflconcussionsettlement.com). Dr. Kutner performs Neuropsychological Evaluations for Personal Injury (PIP), Workers Compensation (WC), and Disability (Fitness-for Duty) cases. He has testified in multiple states including New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Dr. Kutner is a licensed  in both New Jersey and Florida, and sees patients in both states each month. With several offices in both New Jersey and Southeast Florida, Dr. Kutner is able to see many patients near their home. 

 

Dr. Kutner performs Neuropsychological evaluations in order to determine etiology (diagnosis) and provide treatment recommendations for brain-related cognitive problems. Neuropsychological testing provides an objective examination of cognitive impairment utilizing a battery of tests, which have been scientifically demonstrated to be reliable as well as valid. Neuropsychological testing determines if impairment in attention/concentration, processing speed, memory, reasoning, language, and visuo-spatial skills have developed. Specifically, Neuropsychological evaluation provides objective documentation of brain impairment and associated cognitive deficits. Testing is also utilized to assist in determining the etiology of impairment. In many cases (i.e. Post-concussion Syndrome), Neuropsychological testing documents brain damage when other neurological methods, such as neuroimaging and EEG, are not sensitive enough to discern brain dysfunction.

Dr. Kutner performs Neuropsychological evaluation for adults as well as adolescents. While Neuropsychological testing online (via Telemedicine) has been more common since COVID-19, he does not perform Neuropsychological testing online as there are significant limitations with reliability and validity. He follows the Standards of Care of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.

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