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    About Me

    Dr. Jessica Lee is a licensed psychologist that specializes in the area of clinical neuropsychology.  She completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Concordia College, followed by a master’s and educational specialist degree at Moorhead State University in school psychology.  She worked as a school psychologist in local school districts for nine years focusing on psychoeducational evaluation and intervention for students.  She continues to be licensed as a school psychologist in the state of Minnesota.  She completed her doctoral degree through the University of St. Thomas, gaining additional experience and training in the field of neuropsychology across the lifespan. She completed her doctoral internship (residency) at the St. Cloud VA Healthcare System and two year post-doctoral fellowship training at St. Cloud Neurobehavioral Associates.  

    Her background as a school psychologist gives her unique insight into how to best support families, consider the developmental trajectory of conditions and how neurodevelopmental needs contribute to current functioning, as well as how to best partner with schools/ community settings to enhance individualized care. Across the lifespan, Dr. Lee has experience evaluating dementia, working with neurodevelopmental conditions (ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities), the veteran population, traumatic brain injury, as well as other neurological conditions (such as seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, hydrocephalus, etc.).

    What is neuropsychology?

    Neuropsychology is a specific branch of psychology that studies the brain and behavior, as well as how these variables interact with our nervous system and our environments.  This field of study uses paper and pencil tasks, interactive activities, and computerized tests to learn exactly how an individual’s brain work, including cognitive strengths and vulnerabilities. This information is ingrated with individualized knowledge of the patient.

    First and foremost, neuropsychologists are  trained licensed psychologists.  They complete an undergraduate progam, followed by a master’s degree program, as well as an additional 4-5 years in a doctoral level program (generally earning either a PsyD or PhD). Individuals who train as neuropsychologists go on after their doctoral training to complete a two year post doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology.  This speciality can be specific to an age range (such as older adults or pediatric) or can encompass training across the lifespan.

    What is the purpose of a neuropsychological evaluation?

    Neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive way of looking at all areas of brain functioning to help understand underlying strengths and vulnerabilities that contribute to behavior and learning.  These evaluations measure areas such as attention, learning and memory, executive functioning, language, intellectual abilities, visuospatial skills, academic skills, and social/ emotional functioning.

    Neuropsychological evaluation can provide individuals additional information to clarify and refine treatment goals, identify areas of strengths/ vulnerabilities to optimize treatment modalities, differential diagnosis (which can lead to improved access to services to make life easier to navigate), and recommendations to assist with a comprehensive biopsychosocial approach to patient care.

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