Linda is a full registered Neuropsychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and also a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) & College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN). Linda has completed a Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology at LaTrobe University as well as a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (with Honours). She has an interest in working with adults in the assessment and treatment of a variety of cognitive and behavioural disorders.
Linda has worked as a neuropsychologist in both the public health system and private practice for nine years. During this time, she has conducted neuropsychological assessments for clients with acquired brain injuries, neurological and neurodegenerative disorders, substance abuse, mental health issues and clients within the forensic setting. She regularly provides opinion regarding diagnosis, prognosis, decision-making capacity as well as complex legal issues. She has a passion for rehabilitation and assisting clients after a brain injury. Linda is very client-centred in her approach to working with adults and their families, with her primary goal being to ensure that they are empowered by the information provided as a result of the assessment process.
What does a neuropsychological assessment involve?
A standard assessment involves an interview, where various aspects of person’s history will be discussed (i.e. medical, psychiatric, substance history and background information), as well as numerous standardised measures of cognition. These tests are non-invasive and are generally in pen-and-paper format. They assess areas such as memory (short-term, long-term, working memory, new learning, recognition memory etc.), intellectual skills, executive functions (i.e. planning, problem solving, reasoning etc.) as well as processing speed and attention. In addition, to these tasks, a person’s mood and motivation is also routinely assessed in order to garner a complete picture of their cognitive and emotional functioning.
An assessment routinely takes 2-3 hours and while it is often completed in the one sitting, this can be divided into two or more sessions depending on a person’s needs. Please note: Medicare rebates are currently not available for neuropsychological assessments.