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Cognitive Testing Specialist

Sulcata Psychiatry

Stoni Johnston, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Child and Adult Psychiatric Care located in Vintage Park, Houston, TX

Cognitive testing measures how well your brain is functioning in various areas, such as memory, attention, and reasoning skills. Board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner Stoni Johnston, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, offers online cognitive testing for children, adolescents, and adults at Sulcata Psychiatry in Houston, Texas. If you or your child needs cognitive testing, call the office today or request an appointment online. Telemedicine visits are available.

Cognitive Testing Q & A

What is cognitive testing?

Cognitive testing allows mental health care providers like Ms. Johnston at Sulcata Psychiatry to accurately measure how your brain works and track it over time.

Ms. Johnston utilizes Cambridge Brain Sciences, which has online cognitive tests you can take on your computer in the comfort of your home. These computer-based tests are similar to traditional pen and paper assessments but more engaging and enjoyable for you. The short, fun tasks take only 90 seconds to three minutes to complete.

Cambridge Brain Sciences tests have undergone extensive validation by decades of scientific research. They’re proven effective at measuring the most important aspects of cognition and are especially helpful in diagnosing conditions like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder.

What is the purpose of cognitive testing?

We all have a subjective idea of how well our brains are working. For example, some days your mind may feel a little foggy, while other times you’re ready to take on the world. But how much better is your brain actually working on those good days? Cognitive testing provides a number for comparison.

Cognitive testing gives Ms. Johnston measurable data that can help her accurately diagnose a wide range of mental health conditions, including ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders. The information helps her understand your unique cognitive strengths and shortcomings so she can recommend the best treatment for your needs.

Ms. Johnston may also recommend cognitive testing to find out if a particular treatment or intervention is working, including lifestyle and health changes.

What should I expect from cognitive testing?

At Sulcata Psychiatry, cognitive testing is easy and enjoyable. You can get started with a free mini-test, which you’re able to take at home before your visit. For a full cognitive assessment, simply contact the office to schedule a testing appointment. You don't need to be a current patient to complete cognitive testing.

Ms. Johnston offers several options for cognitive testing, each of which you can easily complete on your computer in about 20 minutes. You do this on your time, in the comfort of home. You have the option to take the test and receive your results without scheduling follow-up care with Ms. Johnston.

For current or prospective patients, you can add cognitive testing to your treatment plan or evaluation at any time. Ms. Johnston may recommend taking a test as a baseline to track your progress and response to treatment over time.

It’s never too late to get started with cognitive testing! Call Sulcata Psychiatry today or request an appointment online.