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  • Neuropsychology Evaluations for Adults

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    At Saible Neuropsychology, in sunny Saint Petersburg, FL, our providers specialize in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation of adults and geriatric adults. We take pride in offering evidence-based assessments, drawing upon the latest discoveries in neuroscience, psychological theories, and educational research. Our goal is to create effective and individually tailored treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each patient.


    Our team is committed to providing diagnostic clarification and practical feedback. To help patients overcome current challenges. Our mission is to capitalize on personal strengths and empower each individual. With the knowledge and tools needed to live a fulfilling and successful life.


    Our psychology practice in Saint Petersburg, FL has both adult and pediatric board-certified clinical neuropsychologists. It is a distinctive feature of our practice to offer the expertise of board clinical neuropsychologists since there are not many board certified neuropsychologists in private practice, but primarily in academic medical centers and hospitals.  While board certification is not required to practice neuropsychology, Saible Neuropsychology prioritizes the highest standards of care and professionalism to ensure you or your loved one’s overall wellbeing.  Within our practice, Dr. Shivani Saible and Dr. Scott Porter are both board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). 

    What Does Board Certification in Clinical Neuropsychology mean? 

    Board certification in clinical neuropsychology signifies the highest level of professional achievement and expertise within the field. Clinical neuropsychologists who attain this distinction have undergone rigorous training, education, and evaluation to meet the stringent standards set by professional boards. This certification is a testament to their advanced knowledge, skills, and ethical practices in the assessment and treatment of neurological and psychological conditions. It ensures that the clinician has demonstrated mastery in areas such as cognitive and emotional functioning, brain-behavior relationships, and the application of neuropsychological principles to diverse clinical populations. Choosing a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist ensures that you are receiving care from a practitioner with the highest level of competence and commitment to excellence in neuropsychological practice.

    Dr. Shivani Saible, Ph.D., ABPP

    Image of Neuropsychologist Shivani Saible. Discover how a skilled neuropsychologist can help you uncover your unique challenges in adult neuropsychological testing in Saint Petersburg, FL.

    Dr. Shivani Saible is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist with the American Academy of Professional Psychology.  She has worked with varying adult populations in both hospital and outpatient settings providing neuropsychological and psychological evaluations. She obtained her Clinical Psychology doctorate from Saint John’s University in New York in 2012. She completed her graduate training in neuropsychology at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and NYU Medical Center, her neuropsychology internship at Dartmouth Medical Center, and her neuropsychology fellowship at Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Saible has been working in private practice for the last 10 years.

    Dr. Saible works with adults who have neurological, medical, or neurodevelopmental disorders by helping to identify their limitations and providing recommendations for interventions that will improve and maintain a healthy quality of life. She often works with older adults who are concerned about a possible decline in functioning by determining if the person is showing a cognitive and emotional profile that is consistent with a dementia process or if there is some other causal factor (e.g., depression) that can mimic the signs of dementia.

    Dr. Saible also performs CMEs and IMEs in personal injury lawsuits. She has given expert testimony related these cases.

    Dr. Sara Macone, PSY.D.

    Image of Dr. Sara Macone. Looking for someone to help you as a neurodivergent individual? Learn how adult neuropsychological testing in Saint Petersburg, FL can help you.Dr. Sara Macone is a lifespan Clinical Neuropsychologist and Therapist. She has over 15 years of experience working with patients of all stages of life in both Italy and the United States. Dr. Macone offers neuropsychological and psychological evaluations for adults and geriatric patients. She has worked in psychiatric and medical units of hospitals and in private practices throughout her career.

    Dr. Macone has extensive experience in evaluating children, adolescents, and adults with neurodevelopmental, neurological, medical, and psychiatric disorders. She utilizes an evidence based approach to testing. She strives to help her patients have a better understanding of their cognitive functioning as it’s related to their medical history and daily life and to provide appropriate treatment recommendations.

    Dr. Macone just moved from Hawaii to Florida with her husband, their little girl and two cats. The beach is her happy place and she is thrilled to be in Saint Petersburg!

    Dr. Renee Dematteis, PSY.D.

    Dr. Renee DeMatteis is a clinical neuropsychologist,  who is experienced in the neuropsychological assessment of various conditions, including dementia, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disorder and other neurological disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD, Autism, and psychological disorders such as PTSD, bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, and personality disorders.

    She aims to help individuals better understand their strengths and weaknesses and provide personalized recommendations to assist them in having the best quality of life possible.

    To learn more about Dr. Dematteis training and experience please visit here.

    Dr. Samantha Spagna, PSY.D.

    Dr. Samantha Spagna joined Saible Neuropsychology as a post-doctoral fellow in July 2023. She earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, with an emphasis on clinical neuropsychology. Dr. Spagna completed an APA-accredited internship at Centerstone Behavioral Hospital in 2023. Previously, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Kansas in 2018. Dr. Spagna evaluates patients who have suspected or documented primary degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s or other neurological conditions such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, epilepsy and anoxic brain injuries. Dr. Spagna also conducts neuropsychological assessments with late adolescents and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disorders, and psychiatric referrals including mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and polysubstance use.

    When Dr. Spagna is not working, she enjoys running, traveling, and cooking.

    Meet Our Expert Neuropsychologists

    Our team of adult neuropsychologists are dedicated to empowering individuals to overcome challenges and optimize their cognitive and emotional well-being. Committed to evidence-based practice and collaboration across disciplines, our experts provide comprehensive and tailored support that significantly enhances the lives of our adult clients and their families.

    What is an Adult Neuropsychological Evaluation?

    An adult neuropsychological evaluation is a comprehensive assessment. Of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning in adults and geriatric adults. It goes beyond standard psychological evaluations. Providing a detailed analysis of how an individual’s brain is functioning. At Saible Neuropsychology, our experienced providers utilize a range of standardized tests, clinical interviews, and behavioral observations. To gain valuable insights into various aspects of a person’s life.

    These evaluations are essential for understanding an individual’s strengths and challenges. Even helping to identify underlying causes of difficulties, and developing personalized treatment plans. Whether you’re seeking clarification on a specific issue or aiming to optimize your overall well-being, our adult neuropsychological evaluations are tailored to meet your unique needs.

    Types of Evaluations

    Our Comprehensive Adult Neuropsychological Evaluation Services Include:

    Neuropsychological Evaluations: In-depth assessments of cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning.

    Psychological Evaluations: Assessments focusing on psychological well-being and mental health.

    Dementia/Memory Evaluations: Specialized evaluations to diagnose and address memory-related concerns.

    Workers’ Compensation Evaluation: Evaluation for workplace-related injuries and compensation claims.

    Social Security Disability Evaluation: Assessments to support Social Security Disability claims.

    Pre-Surgical Evaluations: Evaluations to assess readiness for surgical procedures.

    Compulsory Medical Examinations (CME): Medical evaluations are required for specific purposes.

    Independent Medical Examinations (IME): Independent assessments are often used for legal or insurance purposes.

    Psychoeducational Evaluation: Evaluations focused on educational and developmental needs.

    Adult Neuropsychological Conditions Assessed

    Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias: Diagnosis and management of memory disorders.

    Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder: Evaluation and support for individuals with ADHD.

    Autism Spectrum Disorders: Assessments and recommendations for autism-related concerns

    Brain Tumors & Cancer: Neuropsychological evaluations for patients with brain tumors and cancer.

    Epilepsy & Seizure Disorders: Comprehensive assessments for epilepsy and seizure-related issues.

    Intellectual Disability: Evaluation and support for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

    Learning Disorders: Reading (dyslexia), Math & Writing: Assessment and intervention for reading, math, and writing difficulties.

    Memory Disorders: Diagnosis and management of various memory-related conditions.

    Mild Cognitive Impairment: Early detection and management of cognitive impairment.

    Mood Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, OCD): Assessment and therapy for mood-related conditions.

    Multiple Sclerosis: Evaluation and recommendations for individuals with multiple sclerosis.

    Movement Disorders: Comprehensive assessments for movement-related disorders and their impact on cognitive functioning.

    Parkinson’s Disease: Evaluation and support for individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

    Psychiatric Disorders: Assessment and recommendations for various psychiatric conditions.

    Post-Concussion Syndrome: Evaluation and management for individuals with post-concussion symptoms.

    Rare Genetic and Metabolic Conditions: Specialized assessments for rare genetic and metabolic disorders.

    Stroke: Evaluation and support for individuals who have experienced strokes.

    Traumatic Brain Injury: Comprehensive assessments for effects of TBI.

    Domains Assessed

    Our Adult Neuropsychological Evaluations Cover a Wide Range of Domains, Including:

    Academic Achievement: Assessing academic skills and performance.

    Attention: Evaluation of attention and concentration.

    Executive Functioning: Assessing skills such as planning, organization, and impulse control.

    Intellectual Functioning: Evaluation of cognitive abilities and intellectual functioning.

    Memory: Assessment of memory function and abilities.

    Mood / Emotions: Evaluation of emotional well-being and regulation.

    Fine Motor Speed & Coordination: Assessing fine motor skills and coordination.

    Processing Speed: Evaluation of cognitive processing speed.

    Speech & Language: Assessing speech and language abilities.

    Visuoconstruction Abilities: Evaluation of visuoconstruction skills and abilities.

    Understanding ADHD in Adults

    While it’s not uncommon for adults to struggle with attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, these challenges can sometimes be indicative of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, which can persist into adulthood. ADHD can make it challenging for individuals to regulate their impulsive behaviors. Spanning from actions to speech and assertiveness.

    Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a prevalent neurodevelopmental condition that affects adults. It manifests as a consistent pattern of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Which can have a significant impact on various aspects of life. Including work, relationships, and overall well-being. At Saible Neuro, we specialize in evaluating and supporting adults with ADHD.

    Adults With ADHD May:

    • Struggle to maintain focus or become easily distracted
    • Appear inattentive during conversations
    • Experience restlessness or the need to constantly move
    • Engage in excessive talking or impulsivity
    • Act without careful consideration
    • Frequently interrupt or make untimely comments
    • Experience heightened irritability or impulsiveness

    Whether these symptoms are indicative of ADHD or not, they can pose challenges if left unaddressed. Adults who struggle with attention and self-control may encounter difficulties at work or in relationships, leading to feelings of frustration and potentially impacting self-esteem and family dynamics.

    Treatment can make a substantial difference in managing ADHD symptoms. With the appropriate support, adults with ADHD can enhance their ability to succeed in various areas of life.

    Neurodivergent Adults

    Neurodivergent individuals often navigate unique challenges related to their cognitive and sensory processing differences. These differences can manifest in various ways. They can include conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, and more. At Saible Neuro, we specialize in understanding and supporting neurodivergent adults.

    Neurodivergent Adults May:

    • Experience sensory sensitivities or overstimulation
    • Have difficulty with social interactions or communication
    • Struggle with organization and time management
    • Face challenges related to executive functioning
    • Navigate heightened anxiety or emotional sensitivity

    At Saible Neuro, we recognize the diverse needs of neurodivergent adults and offer tailored assessments and support to enhance their well-being and quality of life.

    Our Services for Neurodivergent Adults Include:

    • Diagnostic Assessment: Our team conducts comprehensive evaluations to identify specific neurodivergent traits and conditions, providing clarity and understanding for individuals seeking answers.
    • Personalized Support: We offer individualized strategies and interventions to help neurodivergent adults manage their unique challenges, including sensory sensitivities, communication difficulties, and executive functioning issues.
    • Skill Development: Our programs focus on developing essential life skills, such as organization, time management, and social communication, to empower neurodivergent adults to thrive in their daily lives.
    • Emotional Well-being: We provide support for managing anxiety, stress, and emotional regulation, recognizing the impact of neurodiversity on mental health.
    • Community and Social Connection: We facilitate opportunities for neurodivergent adults to connect with peers, fostering a sense of belonging and shared experiences.

    Neurodiversity is a valuable aspect of our diverse society, and we are committed to helping neurodivergent adults harness their strengths and overcome challenges to lead fulfilling lives.

    Neurological Conditions

    Neurological conditions encompass a wide range of disorders that affect the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. These conditions can manifest in diverse ways, from cognitive and motor impairments to sensory and emotional challenges. At Saible Neuro, we specialize in understanding and addressing the unique needs of individuals with neurological conditions.

    Neurological Conditions Can Include:

    • Neurodegenerative Diseases: Conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s disease that result in progressive deterioration of nerve cells, often leading to cognitive decline and motor difficulties.
    • Seizure Disorders: Such as epilepsy, which can cause recurrent seizures and affect various cognitive and emotional functions.
    • Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): Resulting of accidents or head injuries, TBIs can impact memory, concentration, and emotional well-being.
    • Stroke: A sudden interruption of blood flow to the brain, leading to a range of cognitive and motor impairments.
    • Multiple Sclerosis (MS): An autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system, often causing fatigue, mobility issues, and cognitive changes.
    • Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Conditions like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), impact brain development and can lead to unique cognitive and social challenges.

    Why Neuropsychological Evaluations for Neurological Conditions are Essential:

    • Neuropsychological evaluations play a crucial role in understanding and managing neurological conditions. Here’s why they are essential:
    • Accurate Diagnosis: Neuropsychological assessments provide precise diagnoses, helping individuals and their healthcare providers better understand the nature and extent of their neurological condition.
    • Tailored Treatment: These evaluations guide the development of personalized treatment plans, which may include medication, therapy, or rehabilitation, to address specific cognitive, emotional, or motor challenges.
    • Functional Assessment: Neuropsychological assessments evaluate an individual’s cognitive and emotional functioning in real-world contexts, helping to identify strengths and areas of impairment.
    • Progress Monitoring: Over time, these evaluations can be used to track an individual’s progress and adjust treatment strategies accordingly.
    • Legal and Educational Support: Neuropsychological assessments can also be valuable in legal and educational settings, providing evidence of cognitive or emotional challenges that may necessitate accommodations or support.

    At Saible Neuro, we are dedicated to helping individuals with neurological conditions lead meaningful lives. By offering comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations and personalized support. Our goal is to empower individuals and their families with the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the challenges associated with neurological conditions and achieve their highest potential.

    Ready to Begin Adult Neuropsychological Evaluations in Saint Petersburg, FL?

    Embark on a transformative journey towards self-discovery and optimal well-being with our adult neuropsychological evaluation. Uncover the intricate interplay between your neurological and psychological health at Saible Neuropsychology, gaining invaluable insights into the unique challenges you may face. Take charge of your mental and cognitive vitality – schedule your evaluation and pave the way for a personalized path to a healthier, more empowered you. Follow these three simple steps to get started:

    1. Contact us to schedule an appointment for you or a loved one to see if an Adult Neuropsychological Evaluation is right for you.
    2. Begin working with a skilled neuropsychologist during your evaluation
    3. Uncover your unique challenges and gain valuable insights into your health!

    Other Services Offered at Saible Neuropsychology

    At Saible Neuropsychology, our team wants to help you or a member of your family with whatever struggle you may be facing. So in addition to helping you uncover your unique challenges in Adult Neuropsychological Evaluations, our team offers Child Neuropsychological Evaluations, Memory and Dementia Evaluations, Gifted Evaluations, and ADHD Evaluations. We also provide individual therapy services for children, teens,  adults, couples, and families. Be sure to check out our FAQs and Blog to learn more about us and our services!