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Welcome to New Peaks Neuropsychology! 

 

We are a group practice dedicated to providing neuropsychologically based services to children, adolescents, and young to middle-aged adults. Our providers take pride in offering empirically-driven evaluations and evidence-based interventions with clinical sensitivity. Our approach to working with patients strives to be scientific yet warm and supportive.  We also maintain highly collaborative relationships with colleagues in the community. 

The team at New Peaks takes a “whole-person” approach and recognizes that it “takes a village to raise a child”. We feel fortunate to work in a community with so many skilled colleagues and resources to recommend.  We also understand that seeking medical or psychological care can be stressful, confusing, or overwhelming.  So, we consider it part of our job to help patients navigate the growing array of options available to them.

 

what’s right for you or your family?

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New Peaks Neuropsychology specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations that explore the brain functions underlying an individual’s learning, cognition, behavior, and social-emotional development.  Measurement of these functions is accomplished through standardized, performance-based testing of skills, such as attention, language, and memory. These neuropsychological “tests” include pencil-and-paper activities, oral questions, hands-on puzzles, and computer-based measures. The evaluation process also includes review of records, consultation with associated professionals (e.g., teachers, health care providers, interventionists, etc.), clinical interviews, and completion of rating forms by the patient, family, and teachers. Information gathered in an evaluation produces a profile that is interpreted by the doctor to identify strengths and areas in need of growth or support. 

At New Peaks, our providers address the whole person when completing a comprehensive evaluation and use this information to inform diagnostic impressions and evidence-based recommendations. Neurocognitive domains explored include general cognitive ability (IQ), language, nonverbal and visual-spatial skills, attention, executive functions (e.g., planning, organization, working memory, impulse control, etc.), learning and memory, motor skills, social cognition and communication, and emotional adjustment. Academic achievement is also assessed, including many aspects of reading, writing, and mathematics.  

 
 
 
Evaluations support children, adolescents, and adults with conditions such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disorders, Dyslexia, Language Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Concussion, Moderate-to-Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Seizures, Genetic Syndromes, and Movement Disorders (e.g., Tourette’s Syndrome). Importantly, neuropsychological evaluation also informs understanding and development of individual strengths, including giftedness and twice-exceptionality.
 

Comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations are typically completed over several appointments. Total duration of testing is variable and will be discussed at the time of scheduling. After the evaluation is completed, your neuropsychologist will provide feedback to the family and write a detailed report. This report provides a thorough review of the patient’s history, explanation of test results, diagnoses when appropriate, treatment plans, and recommendations for resources and interventions. We are also available to discuss findings with care providers, including participation in school meetings, as desired. 

Because comprehensive evaluations are not necessary in all cases, we also provide several other options to address more basic or short-term needs.  This can include consultation or screening to determine if or when further assessment would be beneficial, second opinions, psychoeducational evaluations, Independent Educational Evaluations, and therapeutically focused psychological evaluations. Please contact us to discuss what form of evaluation is right for you or your family member. 

 

Our Practice

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Kristin B. Powell Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology

 
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Jill Gitten Aloia Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology

 
 
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Zachary W. Sussman Ph.D.

Pediatric Neuropsychologist / Licensed Psychologist

 
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Emily C. Maxwell Ph.D.

Pediatric Neuropsychologist / Licensed Psychologist