As of 7/27/20 I am resuming face-to-face testing sessions with clients. I am taking the following precautions to protect my patients and help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Parent interviews and feedback sessions are being conducted via telehealth to minimize in-person contact when possible
Patients and their parents or caregivers (if applicable) are asked to wait in their vehicles until 5 minutes before their appointment time to minimize time in the waiting room
Face masks and/or face shields are in use at all times, as well as a plexiglass sneezeguard
Safe distancing is maintained to the extent possible in the testing situation
Hand sanitizer is available along with restrooms for hand washing
Only one patient is scheduled per day
Commonly touched areas are thoroughly sanitized
Frequent sanitization of testing materials is performed
Comprehensive and Brief
Children, Adolescents and Adults
Dr. Hoffmann specializes in the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders such as learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, as well as traumatic brain injuries, dementia and other neurologic disorders. She also specializes in evaluations for high stakes testing such as the SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT, USMLE, etc.
Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluations
Approximately 8 hours of face to face testing time
A neuropsychological evaluation is an assessment of how one's brain is functioning in comparison to peers of a similar age (and similar education when available). The evaluation assesses a wide range of areas including intellectual functioning, memory, learning, language, visual spatial skills, executive functioning, attention and concentration, and social and emotional functioning. Comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations are typically performed after there has been some change in cognitive functioning which may or may not be due to an identifiable event such as illness or injury (particularly a head injury) or if there are neurodevelopmental concerns.
Learning Disability Evaluations
Approximately 4-8 hours of testing time depending on history and prior testing
A learning disability evaluation involves the main components of a neuropsychological evaluation with emphasis on assessing a child's/adolescent's academic achievement skills in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics to determine whether or not a learning disability is present.
Brief Neuropsychological Evaluations
Approximately 4 hours of face to face testing time depending on the specific referral question
A brief evaluation may be appropriate when a child has been previously tested, was recently tested by their school district, or when there is a specific referral question such as "Does my child have ADHD?" or "Is my child on the autism spectrum?" Dr. Hoffmann will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of a brief evaluation as opposed to a comprehensive evaluation and help you decide which option is best for you and your child or loved one.
About Dr. Kristi Hoffmann
Dr. Kristi B. Hoffmann earned her B.S in psychology from Louisiana State University in 2003. She then earned an M.A. in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2006. She went on to earn a second M.A. and a Psy.D. in clinical psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology from the Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University in 2011. She completed her internship training in two private practices in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 2010 and in the epilepsy department of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadephia, Pennsylvania in 2011. Dr. Hoffmann completed her postdoctoral fellowship training in neuropsychology at The Brain Clinic under Dr. James L. Thomas in New York City in 2013. After completing her training, she continued to work with Dr. Thomas until establishing her own private practice in Westchester.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is a neuropsychological evaluation warranted?
A neuropsychological evaluation is typically warranted when there has been a perceived change in cognitive functioning, often after experiencing illness or injury. In the case of children, evaluations are often sought when they are not meeting grade standards or when there has been a sudden decline in academic performance.
How much time is needed for a neuropsychological evaluation?
Every evaluation consists of a clinical interview, testing session(s) and a feedback session. Depending on the referral question and the type of evaluation being completed, approximately 4 to 8 hours of face to face testing time can be expected. In addition to the face to face testing time, a clinical interview (approximately one hour) and feedback session (approximately one hour) are also a part of the evaluation process.
How much does an evaluation cost?
Please contact Dr. Hoffmann for her fee schedule. The price of an evaluation includes all aspects from the start to the finish of the evaluation including the clinical interview, face to face testing sessions, clinical integration of data, report writing and feedback session.
Do you take insurance?
Dr. Hoffmann is not currently on any insurance panels, however, she will provide you with the necessary documentation to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement at the conclusion of the evaluation. It is recommended you contact your insurance company prior to the evaluation to inquire about your specific plan coverage/benefits. Dr. Hoffmann can provide you with diagnostic and CPT codes that you can discuss with your insurance company.
How long does it take to get the results from the evaluation?
Feedback sessions are typically set up for approximately 2-3 weeks after the final testing session. Reports are typically available within two days of the feedback session.
How will I know which type of evaluation is appropriate for me, my child or my loved one?
Prior to scheduling your first in-person appointment, Dr. Hoffmann will discuss the specifics of your case with you to help you determine which evaluation is most appropriate.
What does a neuropsychological evaluation entail?
A neuropsychological evaluation involves many parts including a clinical interview, face to face testing sessions, and a feedback session. It may also include a record review, school observations, collaboration with teachers and medical providers, and filling out self/parent/teacher questionnaires. Some tests are administered electronically via an iPad or laptop, while others are administered via paper and pencil. Dr. Hoffmann is present with the examinee throughout the entire evaluation.
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