Why CNS at Spalding University?
The CNS at Spalding University is the premier site for neuropsychological testing conveniently located in downtown Louisville. Our directors have a wealth of experience and knowledge in clinical neuropsychology. In addition, the CNS provides supervised training for doctoral level Clinical Psychology students. Here you will find compassionate clinicians from a wide range of backgrounds who will listen to you and your concerns.
What is a neuropsychological evaluation and its purpose?
A neuropsychological evaluation (NPE) is a comprehensive set of assessments carried out by a neuropsychologist that tests a wide range of mental functions. A neuropsychologist is a psychologist that has received specific training in how the brain works. NPEs serve many functions, such as helping with diagnosis and treatment planning, assessing cognitive ability, or establishing a baseline.
What does a NPE entail?
An interview with a clinician and a set of tests. The interview usually takes around an hour, this is done to evaluate your current level of functioning. Sometime family members are interviewed too. Tests are standardized, meaning they are given and scored in a similar manner to everyone. These results are compared to individuals who have similar demographics to you. Tests are non-invasive, often working on pencil and paper, face to face with a clinician. Sometimes they are given on a computer. Evaluations include:
- Clinical Interview (client and/or caregiver)
- Neuropsychological Testing
- Report Writing
How long does a NPE take to complete?
The exact duration of the test depends on the number of assessments given as decided by your clinician, and your medical history. You will be free to take breaks in between assessments as needed. You can generally expect to spend 4 – 6 hours for the complete evaluation
How do I know if I need a NPE?
Most likely you were referred for a NPE by your physician. Common reasons for this include assessing memory problems, confusion, difficulty recognizing things, difficulties in decision making, or changes in personality ect.
How do I prepare for a NPE?
Get a good night’s rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and take any medication as you normally would. There is no way to study for the test(s). Make sure to bring a list of your medications, your medical history, and any hearing or visual aids with you.
Are they covered by insurance?
We do not accept insurance, costs are determined on a sliding scale
We recognize the potential for financial burden when it comes to accessing neuropsychological testing. Our clinic strives to provide equitable services to everyone.
We offer sliding scale fees, this program allows CNS to charge for services based on yearly/monthly income. Additionally scholarships may be available to assist in covering costs. Twice a month, the clinic will take on clients that may struggle to afford fees, offering reduced costs.
Neuropsychological Evaluations help to provide:
Diagnoses of central nervous system disorders
Consultation of CNS disease causality, progression, and prognosis
Recommendations/referrals for the patient’s treatment
Review of developmental, educational, family, psychiatric, and medical history
Clinical interview w/patient/caregiver(s)
Comprehensive Neurological Testing Assessing:
Intellectual & Acedemic Functioning
Attention and Processing Speed
Executive Functioning and more
Appointment Inquiry – CNS
If you wish to submit a referral for yourself or a family member, please complete the appointment inquiry form below.
If you are a healthcare and/or allied healthcare professional, facility, or agency please submit referrals by fax or email with subject line “CNS REFERRAL” with attached records
Please do not submit confidential personal and/or financial information with your inquiry
Willie F. Mcbride III, PhD, HSP
Dr. W. F. McBride is the co-director and co-founder of the Complete Neuropsychology Services clinic within the Center for Behavioral Health and the Neuropsychology program within the School of Professional Psychology. He brings a wealth of experience working with older adults and neurodegenerative disorders to the SOPP. He completed a clinical neuropsychology fellowship within the Department of Neurology at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville Virginia. Prior, he completed a military veteran-focused fellowship at the Tennessee Valley HealthCare System and internship with the Vanderbilt/Veteran Affairs Professional Psychology Consortium. He received his doctoral degree from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology. He is the treasurer and a co-founder for the Society for Black Neuropsychology. His research interests include neuropsychology within minority communities and health disparities. Lastly, he is a scholar within the Black Men’s Brain Health Initiative funded by the National Institute of Aging, Alzheimer’s Association, and the NFL Players Association.
Hannah Kersting Richardson, PsyD, HSP
Dr. Hannah Richardson is the co-director and co-founder of the Complete Neuropsychology Services clinic within the Center for Behavioral Health and the Neuropsychology program within the School of Professional Psychology. She is a Clinical Neuropsychologist with a wide range of experience working with neurologically compromised individuals throughout their lifespan. She is a Louisville native and a graduate from Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology Program. Following graduate school, she received neuropsychological-specific internship training at the third largest Veteran’s Affair Medical Center in the country, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. To continue her career, she received advanced training through a fellowship in neurology, neurosciences, and rehabilitation at the University of Toledo Medical Center. As a recipient of the Women in Neuropsychology Award, Dr. Richardson aims to provide mentoring and clinical experiences to promote well-rounded training in clinical neuropsychology.
CNS Student Clinicians
Megan Orton, MA, 3rd year Doctoral Student
Megan Orton is a 3rd year student at Spalding University’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral program. She is originally from the Chicagoland area but has made Louisville her new home after completing her Bachelor’s in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at Bellarmine University. Megan has an interest in working with severe mental illness in the outpatient population. She also completed part of her practicum rotation assessing kiddos and adults for autism spectrum disorder.
Cassandra Lewandowski, 2nd year Doctoral Student
Cassandra Lewandowski is in her 2nd year at Spalding University’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, emphasizing in neuropsychology. She is originally from Buffalo, New York and obtained her undergraduate degree at SUNY College at Buffalo State. Her research interests include the neurodevelopmental effects of premature and low birth weight infants as well as the neurological impacts of schizophrenia. Cassandra is also a brain health scholar through the brain health initiative directed by Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital.
Samuel Rodman, MA, 1st year Doctoral Student
Samuel Rodman is a 1st year student at Spalding University’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral program. He originally graduated from Cleveland State University with a master’s in psychology. He is originally from Northeast Ohio. Sam is primarily interested in outpatient neuropsychology, and has an interest in ADHD and aging disorders.
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