Stuart Anderson is a Consultant Neuropsychologist and HCPC-Registered Clinical Psychologist based in Sussex (UK). He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), is listed in the BPS Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists and has extensive experience working with individuals with acquired brain injury and neuropsychological difficulties.

What is a Neuropsychological Assessment?

A neuropsychological assessment is a measurement of cognition. It involves the administration of tests and questionnaires to evaluate a range of cognitive skills and abilities such as attention, concentration, memory, language/visuospatial processing and problem-solving.  Some of the tests are paper-and-pen-type tasks, others may involve solving puzzles or completing computer-administered tasks. The tests are different to the kind of procedures that you might undergo as part of a medical or psychiatric examination. The average assessment takes two to three hours to complete. Medico-legal assessments take longer and are completed over two sessions.

It is important to recognise that being referred for a neuropsychological assessment does not necessarily mean that there is something seriously wrong with the brain. The stress and strain of modern life can often lead to concentration difficulties and forgetfulness. However, an assessment is one way of checking that these everyday cognitive failures fall within acceptable limits. This is done by comparing your test results with others of similar age, gender and educational background.

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Normal brain function may be disrupted by conditions such as head injury, dementia, stroke, infection, stress and other conditions which can affect the way we think, act and feel. An assessment looks at changes which may have occurred and considers what these changes could mean for you. Assessment findings may be used to assist diagnosis, design rehabilitation programs, monitor the effects of medications, or simply track changes over time.


The aim of Cognitive Rehabilitation is to restore or maximise cognitive function in activities of daily living.  It typically involves the use of compensatory strategies to reduce concentration and memory difficulties. Cognitive Rehabilitation may include interventions such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to help with the psychological distress, confusion, irritability and loss of confidence which can sometimes accompany brain injury.


In addition to his clinical practice, Dr Anderson offers a range of medico-legal services and is listed in the BPS Directory of Expert Witnesses.  He specialises in the evaluation of personal injury claims such as those arising from road traffic accidents, but has experience in other areas.  He has been preparing medico-legal reports for over 25 years and has experience of giving evidence in Court.  Practice Terms and Conditions are available on request.

Dementia Screening

While forgetfulness and mental slowing are an expected part of the normal ageing process, sometimes these changes occur more rapidly or with greater severity than can be reasonably expected on the basis of age. Regrettably, the changes can sometimes represent the start of a dementia (such as Alzheimer’s Disease). In many instances there may be nothing wrong but a screening examination can provide diagnostic clarity.

Sports-related Concussion

When is it safe to return to training and competitive sport following a concussive injury? A neuropsychological assessment can contribute to an understanding of when it is safe to return to competitive sport by detecting any subtle residual symptoms which you may not be aware of.


Cogmed is a radically different training program for improved cognitive functioning. Cogmed can be completed on a personal computer or tablet with Internet access and consists of 25 sessions of up to 30-40 minutes each, five days a week for five weeks.  Each session consists of a selection of various tasks which target the different aspects of working memory. The training is done online at a time to suit your requirements. Your progress is supported by a Cogmed-trained coach.

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