Carolina Brain Wellness Center offers comprehensive neuropsychological assessment services to individuals across the lifespan. We specialize in evaluating and documenting cognitive and behavioral changes related to medical illness or psychiatric disorders. We also offer a variety of cognitive rehabilitation services to address your deficits in thinking and memory. In an individual or group setting, you will learn strategies to improve your functioning at home and work.
All services are available for in-person and telehealth appointments.
MEET THE PROVIDER
Jennifer (Lundmark) Richards, PhD
Dr. Richards is the founder and director of the Carolina Brain Wellness Center. She is a neuropsychologist and licensed clinical psychologist in the state of North Carolina. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Maryland, followed by a master’s and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She completed her clinical internship at Eastern Virginia Medical Center and 2-year fellowship, specializing in neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology, at Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital. She went on to work at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where she developed a cognitive rehabilitation program for service members with a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI) for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. It was here, she developed her holistic approach to brain injury rehabilitation and cognitive rehabilitation she continues to use in her private practice. Dr. Richards has more than a decade of post-doctoral experience in neuropsychological assessment and her special interests include cognitive rehabilitation, TBI, and working with service members and veterans. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40) and Society for Rehabilitation Psychology (Division 22).
Model of Care
A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO BRAIN HEALTH
Many factors can affect your brain health from certain medications and medical conditions to poor nutrition, physical issues (e.g. poor sleep, pain, etc.) or emotional distress. At Carolina Brain Wellness Center, we take all of these into consideration when conducting your assessment and planning your treatment. Our holistic approach helps us identify how we can best maximize your brain health and overall well-being.
A neuropsychological assessment is an evaluation of how one’s brain functions. The neuropsychological evaluation involves an interview and the administration of tests. These tests are typically paper and pencil type tests, though some may be administered via computer. The evaluation measures such areas as:
Reasons for referral:
Physicians and other care providers often request our services to help guide treatment and diagnose, rule out, or characterize the effects of numerous conditions including:
Traumatic brain injury/Concussion
Cognitive changes after surgery
Effects of toxins/substance abuse
Stroke & cerebrovascular diseases
Cognitive rehabilitation is the process of relearning cognitive skills or establishing new strategies to address deficits in thinking and memory. At Carolina Brain Wellness Center, we work with you to identify tools to address your specific problem areas. Consistent use of these strategies can improve your functioning at work and home. We often rely on assistive technology to aid this process. Assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, or software program that is used to improve an individual’s functional status. For example, we can teach you how to use your smartphone as a tool: manage appointments, remind you to take your medications, pay bills on time and remember important to-do items. Cognitive rehabilitation services are offered in an individual and group formats; however, they are currently only offered individually to reduce the spread of COVID-19. These services are offered both in person and via tele-health.
Dr. Richards may be retained by third-parties (attorneys, private disability carriers, etc.) and individuals/families to perform forensic evaluations.
PAYMENT & INSURANCE
We accept cash, check and credit card as form of payment.
We currently accept BlueCross BlueShield, Medicare, Humana, Cigna, Aetna, First Carolina Care and Medcost insurance plans. We are also happy to see out-of-network patients as well but you will need to apply for reimbursement from your carrier.