Neuropsychology

Neuropsychology is a specialty area within the field of psychology that focuses on specialized assessment to examine the relationship between the brain and behavior. Patients are evaluated for a variety of referral questions, such as: traumatic brain injury, concussion, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, forms of dementia and medical illnesses.

Hello, my name is Dr. MaryAnne Belton and I offer neuropsychological evaluation services to adolescents (16+), adults, and older adults seeking diagnostic clarification or referred by a treating physician for a diagnostic impression. My approach is collaborative and includes listening to your concerns, developing an individualized assessment plan, and offering specific recommendations to help alleviate the concerns presented. Each patient’s needs are unique and it is important for an evaluation to assess performance across cognitive domains to ascertain a pattern of functioning. Therefore, depending upon the reason for the referral, I may examine an individual’s attention, memory, intelligence, executive functions, language skills, visual spatial abilities, motor functioning, mood, affect, and/or motivation to offer suggestions in moving forward. With a cooperative focus, I will talk with your family members to gain an understanding into your day-to-day functioning, your experience of symptoms, and additional concerns that may be present.

There are a variety of ways that a neuropsychological evaluation can be helpful and one of my goals is to build from your strengths and provide assistance through recommendations or strategies in daily living. Also, an evaluation can determine whether cognitive and behavioral changes you are experiencing are related to an underlying medical condition, illness, mood disturbance, brain dysfunction, or a combination of factors. Lastly, it may be important to establish a cognitive baseline for medical professionals to determine if current functioning is declining as a result of a disease or if level of functioning has improved or worsened after an intervention is utilized.

My therapeutic expertise involves treatment of depression, anxiety, adjustment concerns, and life transitions. I utilize a collaborative approach and assists patients with learning new coping strategies. I also have experience working with adolescents, adults, and older adults.

During our time together, you can expect a clinical interview with yourself and family members (if available), administration of tests, and a feedback session to go over the results. Typically, the entire process takes approximately 2 -2 ½ weeks to complete. You will be given the original report and offered time to consult with me regarding any questions or concerns. Please note that Saturday appointments are available in an effort to accommodate work schedules.

PRACTICE FOCUS INCLUDES:

  • Traumatic brain injuries and concussion
  • Brain tumors
  • Forms of dementia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Seizures disorders
  • Stroke or cerebrovascular accident (CVA)
  • Pre-operative deep brain stimulation (DBS)
  • Workman’s compensation evaluations
  • Cognitive impairment
  • ADHD
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Developmental Delays

THERAPY EXPERIENCE (ages 16+):

  • Treatment of depression and anxiety
  • Help with transitional periods in the lifespan
  • Collaborative approach to your overall treatment

Please click here to register online for a new patient consultation. Our office will contact you to schedule an appointment following your registration. If you are a new patient and choose not to register online, please call the office at (480) 621-7257 to schedule an appointment, then review and complete our New Psychology Patient Intake Packet and bring it with you to your first session. Please note that our office does not prescribe medications; however, we would encourage and appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with your prescribing physician.