The FAA often requests a neuropsychological evaluation in cases involving head injuries, substance abuse, strokes, or other situations in which there is evidence of psychiatric or psychological pathology. The testing should be conducted by a qualified psychologist who is specifically trained to perform cognitive testing, and preferably holding state licensing or certification with a Ph. D. or Psy. D. in Clinical Psychology.
The report should contain a detailed psychological evaluation based upon a battery of psychological tests. The battery should include:
The administering psychologist may select the appropriate tests in items 3 and 7 above, based upon his or her experience and considering the patient’s particular case history.
In some cases, the FAA may also request the COGSCREEN Aviation Edition as a component of the neuropsychological evaluation. COGSCREEN is a computer based cognitive test that may be used in conjunction with the other elements of the neuropsychological evaluation to determine medical certificate eligibility.
Updated October 27, 2009
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