Episode 6: Brandi Boan, PsyD, LCPC, QDP

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On this episode we welcome Dr. Brandi Boan, a neuropsychologist who specializes in both children and adults. With her extensive knowledge and abundance of experience, she answers questions and misconceptions focused around traumatic brain injuries.

Things you will learn in this episode:

  • A typical neuropsychology exam will happen about three months post concussion/ injury. By that time, their symptoms such as fatigue, lack of energy, anxiety, depression, difficulties in memory and concentration, and dizziness have not vanished.
  • A neuropsychologist exam may last three to six hours. Beginning with basic tests, more broken down and individualized tests are layered depending on the results. The tests are usually done in one day so mental fatigue plays a large factor and results are more accurate.
  • Treatment is very individualized depending on the results and deficits are. Whether it is physical therapy, cognitive rehab, ADA accommodations, or neuro-ophthalmologists, the report will have personalized recommendations.
  • The recovery process has many factors that may make the recovery longer. Non- active brains, large impact, age, and substance abuse can prolong the concussion and the symptoms.
  • A concussion has many signs and it is not always “blacking out” or “losing memory of the day” that declare it a concussion. It is important for families to understand that without treatment or rest, symptoms can linger and hinder work or learning.

Resources mentioned:

CDC “What Is a Concussion?”

Brain Injury Association of America

American Academy of Neurology

Little Black Book of Neuropsychology

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Postconcussion Syndrome: The New Evidence Base for Diagnosis and Treatment

Brandi K. Boan (PsyD) obtained her doctorate in psychology at Alder School of Professional Psychology. Her areas of focus are neuropsychology, individual therapy, child and adolescent psychology, and forensic psychology. She completed her predoctoral internship at Elgin Mental Health Center. She completed her postdoctorate experience at Mathers Clinic and Associates in Psychiatry and Counseling.

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