Stuart Anderson is a Consultant Neuropsychologist and HCPC-Registered Clinical Psychologist with practice locations in Sussex and the Channel Islands. 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.  Learn more about neuropsychology by listening to this podcast “Neuropsychology for Non-Neuropsychologists: An overview of the Field

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.


Cognitive Rehabilitation aims to restore or maximise cognitive function in activities of daily living.  It involves compensatory strategies to reduce concentration and memory difficulties. Cognitive enhancement refers to exercises to promote cognitive functioning. It typically involves on-line (computerised) training or smartphone apps to promote skills in memory recall, working memory, and processing speed.


Dr Anderson offers a range of medico-legal services for both Claimant and Defendants, 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 available on request.

Positive Neuropsychology

Positive neuropsychology recognises that lifestyle factors such as sleep habits, exercise, and diet, can impact on cognitive health and well-being.  Current thinking is that we can promote cognitive health by reviewing lifestyle factors and making appropriate adjustments.  The approach is multidimensional and includes not only cognitive enhancement,  but also stress management interventions and behavioural strategies to improve efficiency in everyday life.

So-called “long-COVID” is a condition which can potentially benefit from positive neuropsychology interventions.

On-line testing

The practice offers CNS Vital Signs, an on-line testing platform which assesses a broad range of cognitive abilities.  It is sensitive to cognitive impairment caused by different conditions.  Applications include sports-related concussion, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, ADHD, brain tumours, stroke, Huntington’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer, mild cognitive impairment, dementia, various physical and mental health conditions.

CNS Vital Signs can be easily repeated to monitor the effects of a treatment or to track changes over time.

Find out more about CNS Vital Signs here

Creyos Health

The practice also offers a cognitive assessment platform from Creyos Health to quickly measure brain health and monitor changes over time.  The online tasks have been validated by decades of scientific research, and proven to measure the most important aspects of cognition. Performance is directly linked with the areas of your brain that are active when you at your sharpest. But more importantly, the tasks are fun, and only take 1.5 to 3 minutes each to complete.  The tests are administered remotely and can be completed on a desktop, laptop or tablet computer in the comfort of your own home.

Find out more about the Creyos Health Cognitive Assessment here

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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