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Why choose Ochsner Health for your neuropsychological care?

If you have experienced an illness or injury that has resulted in changes to your brain, including memory, language, emotions, personality or the ability to think or process information correctly, your physician may refer you to an Ochsner neuropsychologist for a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment.

The neuropsychology team at Ochsner is among the largest in Louisiana and Mississippi and brings specialized healthcare to people with brain function issues caused by a variety of medical problems.

Your care is provided by board-certified and board-eligible fellowship-trained neuropsychologists who are nationally known for their work in clinical research, patient care models and professional service. Strengthened by respected experts, our two-year postdoctoral fellowship is the only clinical neuropsychology program in the region.

At Ochsner, neuropsychology is a referral-based service. If you believe you need a referral to a neuropsychologist, follow these steps:

  1. Speak with your primary care physician, psychiatrist or neurologist about concerns you have for yourself or your loved one.
  2. If your physician believes you would benefit from a cognitive evaluation, they will make a referral for a neuropsychological evaluation.
  3. Once referred, you will receive a confirmation message from our team. We will contact you for scheduling once there is availability.

Please be aware that our team is specialized in conducting adult neuropsychological evaluations. We do not see the following populations or conditions:

  • Pediatrics (less than 18 years old)
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) evaluations
  • Learning disorders (such as dyslexia) evaluations
  • Autism evaluations

At Ochsner, our neuropsychologists invest time getting to know you well and understanding what makes life meaningful for you.

Before testing, you will spend at least 30 minutes speaking with a neuropsychologist. Following your initial interview, you’ll receive a full cognitive assessment, which includes evaluation of your memory, language, attention, visuospatial abilities (the ability to recognize movement, depth and distance between objects) and executive functioning (skills that allow you to complete tasks). The testing is non-invasive and will be conducted one-on-one with a highly trained psychometrist, an expert specializing in performing psychological and neuropsychological tests.

Over a period of one to four hours, you will complete certain tasks and answer questions. There is no need to prepare for an assessment other than to be alert, well rested, take your medications as prescribed, and avoid using substances like alcohol or marijuana before you arrive for your appointment. Bring eyeglasses and hearing aids (if needed), and snacks or beverages to keep you comfortable and engaged during your assessment.

After your neuropsychologist reviews your results, you will have another appointment within about one to two weeks to discuss your evaluation. You and your neuropsychologist will develop a care plan based on your goals and assessment results. You and your caregivers can request practical ideas that help you navigate cognitive or behavioral challenges at work or home. Neuropsychology experts are frequently relied on by courts, insurance companies and other third parties to provide reliable information about brain conditions and the impact they have on individuals.

We share information that empowers you to make decisions and anticipate possible adjustments. If your care warrants further neuropsychological monitoring, we stay in touch to arrange follow-up appointments and be a compassionate resource to you and your family.

Neuropsychological tests are completed at one of four Ochsner locations in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Covington. Find a location near you. Some appointments can be performed through virtual visits.

Neuropsychologists at Ochsner help you and your healthcare team understand how various disorders may affect brain functions. You may be referred to one or more subspecialists at Ochsner who understand your condition. Our neuropsychologists work closely with other multidisciplinary teams that have the knowledge and experience to treat many brain and nervous system disorders, including but not limited to:

Our highly skilled neuropsychologists guide you to optimal care for your health circumstances, working with Ochsner subspecialists who provide hope, ongoing treatments and supportive services aligned for patients and their caregivers, including but not limited to:

We pair patients and caregivers with social workers and care navigators who lead them to organizations and local resources that can lend help.


A neuropsychologist is a psychologist who completed specialty training in cognitive assessment and brain behavior relationships. Psychologists also perform evaluations, but typically for behavioral health conditions, whereas neuropsychologists evaluate individuals with neurological disorders. Psychologists conduct therapy/counseling while neuropsychologists usually do not.

Neuropsychologists can also sometimes be confused with psychiatrists or neuropsychiatrists. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who treat behavioral health conditions. Importantly, psychiatrists prescribe medication whereas neuropsychologists do not.

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Neuropsychology Locations

Ochsner Health Center - Baptist Napoleon Medical Plaza
2820 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Monday – Thursday: 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 6 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Therapy & Wellness: Mon – Fri: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7