Evaluation Process

A neuropsychological assessment allows for the development of a cognitive profile of an individual’s strengths and weaknesses. The integrity of the underlying brain structures associated with these strengths and weaknesses is determined by systematically evaluating cognitive, emotional, and psychological functions.

Neuropsychological assessments can assist in the development of interventions to improve and maximize daily functioning at work, in school, or in home and community functions. A neuropsychological assessment provides information that can help an individual function at their optimal level in all aspects of life.

Areas Assessed

  • Attention and concentration
  • Memory
  • Auditory and visual processing
  • Visual-spatial functioning
  • Language and Reading Skills
  • Sensory Development and Sensory Integration
  • Gross and Fine Motor Development
  • Social Skill Development
  • Executive Functioning
  • Emotional and Personality Development

How long does a neuropsychological evaluation take?

Occasionally, it is necessary to complete the evaluation over two or more sessions. In general, the clinician attempts to elicit the patient's best possible performance under optimal conditions. Sessions range between 1 to 3 hours depending on the complexity of the issues to be addressed by the evaluation and the patient's condition (for example, fatigue, confusion, and motor slowing can extend the time required for an evaluation).


D. Michael Campbell, MBA, Ed.D., CEAP


Dr. Campbell is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist specializing in child, adolescent and adult neuropsychological evaluations in Southern California. He received his doctorate from the University of Southern California (USC Rossier School) with a specialization in educational psychology, child and adult learning behaviors. He further completed advanced training in adult and pediatric neuropsychology at the University of California, Berkeley and Fielding Graduate University.

Dr. Campbell is employed as a Clinical Psychologist at Scripps Healthcare in San Diego focusing on organizational and individual cognitive behavioral interventions. Further, he is clinical faculty at the University of San Diego teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Cognition, Learning, Research Methodology and Educational Psychology. His research focuses on procrastination, creativity, learning, and academic testing for minorities and women. His latest research appears in The Journal of Science Education, The Community College Enterprise Journal of Research and Practice, and The Journal of Hispanic Higher Education.

Dr. Campbell is the father of two young boys, and lives in Coronado with his wife. When not in the office, you can find him playing with his sons at the park, fishing with his father, or enjoying a picnic on the waterfront with his family and friends.


Rene McCarthy

Rene is an integral part of delivering quality care to our patients as Director of Operations at Coastal Neuro Group. Rene is an enthusiastic and detail oriented professional with over 25 years of experience in the medical field. Her passion in the medical industry started in direct patient care as an EMT. She then transitioned to owning and operating a successful medical transcription business for over 15 years. Rene is compassionate and trustworthy with the ability to convey and receive sensitive information effectively, providing empathy and reassurance to those with whom she communicates.

Rene’s responsibilities include overseeing the practice operations, making meaningful connections with patients, providing administrative support, fulfilling patient expectations, and focusing on effortless office visits help the Coastal Neuro Group team uphold our strong commitment to high quality care.

Rene was born and raised in southern California and now resides in Carlsbad, close to her adult son, daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. When Rene is not working, you can find her jogging on the beach, hitting balls on a tennis court, chasing golf balls around the courses, or enjoying family time.


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We invite you to contact us to learn more about how assessment services can help you or your child. Please call our office at 619-865-0490. Our Client Care Coordinator can answer your specific questions and schedule an intake interview.

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