"Let's Find the Cause of Your Losses in Memory and Thinking
So That You Can Live Your Life Up to Your Full Potential"

Not Like It Used To Be

I forget the names of people I’ve known for years. In the middle of talking to someone, I forget what I want to say.

I Get So Confused

Like, did I take my medicine this morning? I just can’t remember. Everyone is upset with me, but I can’t help it.

It's 3 a.m. and I Can't Sleep

For so long I’ve been so worried about my parents. The whole family is so concerned about their problems with memory and thinking.

I'm Concerned

I’ve known this couple for many years and lately they’ve changed. They’ve stopped going to church activities and they get lost driving.

Treatment Support

It’s past time that these patients undergo more testing than I can provide. I need help figuring out what is going on.
About Health Care Psychology

Dr. Stanley Ferneyhough Ph.D, LP

I obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology from the University of New York at Buffalo, and Master of Arts (MA) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Psychology from the University of Ottawa.  I completed a Predoctoral Internship in Rehabilitation Psychology at an affiliate of New York University Medical School and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology at the Rusk Institute of New York University Medical School.  In rehabilitation psychology and neuro-psychology, I have worked in outpatient and inpatient hospital setting, as well as in group and individual outpatient private practices.  Health Care Psychology, PA is a private practice I have owned since 1986.

I am a clinical neuropsychologist licensed in Minnesota who holds a doctoral degree in psychology and has additional postdoctoral training and experience in neuropsychology, an area of psychology that focuses on brain-behavior relationships.  My training emphasized brain anatomy and brain function, and the administration and interpretation of standardized tests that can detect effects of brain dysfunction. 

Neuropsychological evaluation is generally warranted for patients who show signs of problems with memory or thinking (language, learning, organization, perception, coordination, or personality).  These symptoms can be due to a variety of medical, neurological, psychological, or genetic causes.  Examples of conditions that may prompt a referral to a neuropsychologist include stroke, brain trauma, dementia (such as Alzheimer's disease), seizures, toxic exposures (such as to lead), or an illness that increases the chance of brain injury (such as diabetes or alcoholism).

The purpose of a neuropsychological evaluation is to provide useful information about an individual's brain functioning.  Such information may help to: Make or confirm a diagnosis, find problems with brain functioning, determine individual thinking skill strengths and weaknesses, guide treatment decisions such as rehabilitation, special education, vocational counseling, or other services, and track changes in brain functioning over time.  Neuropsychological evaluation can reveal abnormalities or even subtle difference in brain functioning that may not be detected by other means.  For example, testing can help determine if a person's mild memory changes represent the normal aging process or if they signify a neurological disorder such as Alzheimer's disease.

During the evaluation, a neuropsychologist may take a history of background medical and social facts, review medical records, and administer and interpret a series of standardized tests.  Though the time required to conduct a neuropsychological exam varies, the exam can last six to eight hours and may span the course of more than one visit.  The standardized tests used in a neuropsychological assessment involve answering questions ("paper and pencil" or computerized tests) or performing hands-on activities at a table.  Testing does not include x rays, electrodes, needles, or other invasive procedures.  The goal of testing is to evaluate how well the brain functions when it performs certain tasks.  Tests used may examine one or more of the following areas: General intellect; attention, memory, and learning; reasoning and problem-solving; planning and organization; visual-spatial perceptual skills; language; sensory skills; motor functions; academic skills; emotions; behavior; and personality.

Depending on the circumstances, a neuropsychologist may treat the patient with interventions such as cognitive rehabilitation, behavior management, or psychotherapy.  A neuropsychologist may also recommend referrals to other health care specialists, including: Primary care physicians, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, special education teachers, therapists, or vocational counselors.

Contact Dr. Ferneyhough today.