“Some people find having a neuropsychological assessment interesting and mentally stimulating. For others, it can be quite stressful. My aim is to make the person feel as comfortable as possible and to use the assessment to provide information that can help them in their everyday life. “
Kelly works Saturdays and administers assessments.
Kelly Bryden is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who specialises in the assessment of cognitive functioning. She also has experience providing therapy, as well as interventions to improve cognitive functioning.
- Neurodegenerative disorders / dementia
- Acquired Brain Injury including stroke
- Neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability
- Neurological disorders including Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis
- Cognitive difficulties in psychiatric disorders (e.g. anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia)
- Decision-making capacity
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) from Monash University
Kelly uses specially designed tasks to measure how a person’s thinking and memory is functioning compared to people of the same age. By looking at a person’s pattern of performance across these tasks, she is able to form a conclusion about a person’s strengths and weaknesses; how this may impact on their everyday functioning, and what may be the cause of any difficulties (e.g. underlying neurological disorders). Assessments also provide information about the strategies and treatments which may assist in everyday life.
Kelly has a wide variety of experience working with people of different ages, different conditions and with mild to severe levels of cognitive difficulties. She has worked in a range of medical fields including geriatrics and rehabilitation, neurology and psychiatry.
When she is not thinking about the brain and how it functions, Kelly enjoys being creative through art and dressmaking.