Dr Alex Knopman

Clinical Neuropsychologist

BPsych(Hons), MClinNeuropsych, PhD

Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists

Suite 105, 282-290 Oxford St
Bondi Junction NSW 2022

P: 0403 078 881

E: info@focusneuropsychology.com.au

  • BPsych(Hons), MClinNeuropsych, PhD, MAPS (CCN)
  • Full Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA)
  • PBA endorsement in Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Full Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • Adjunct Fellow, Macquarie University

About Dr Knopman

Dr Alex Knopman is a Sydney based Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist working in private practice, clinical research and the public hospital system. He has 17 years of experience with neuropsychological assessment and cognitive remediation in adults suffering from a range of disorders of cognition. These include those attributable to mental illness, dementia, head injury, stroke, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, epilepsy, drug and alcohol abuse, general neurological, general neurosurgical and general medical conditions. Dr Knopmanā€™s specialties include adult and adolescent neuropsychological assessment, the provision of treatment recommendations and management advice, memory training, healthy brain ageing, clinical research and clinical supervision/training.

Dr Knopman is confident providing an expert opinion/report regarding Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) and Income Protection insurance claims (if related to cognitive decline), Fitness for Duty, and cognitive capacity within both clinical and medico-legal settings (e.g., testamentary capacity, capacity to appoint or revoke a guardian or POA, capacity to manage finances etc.). Dr Knopman has completed training in the Assessment of Permanent Impairment with the Motor Accidents Authority (MAA) and WorkCover (now iCare and SIRA). He has been appointed as an Expert Reviewer for the Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) and provides assessments for AHPRA and the Medical Council of NSW.

Dr Knopman operates his own private practice in Bondi Junction. He also holds appointments at KaRa Institute of Neurological Diseases (where he is involved with dementia clinical trials) and at War Memorial Hospital, Waverley (a geriatric rehabilitation hospital). He has previously held positions at Westmead Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital and Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney. Dr Knopman is able to see patients on an NDIS plan.

Services

Adult and adolescent neuropsychological assessment

  • Assessment of intellectual (IQ) function
  • Comprehensive memory testing
  • Delineating general cognitive strengths and weaknesses
  • Diagnosis of dementia (e.g., Alzheimer's disease)
  • Diagnosis of ADHD and monitoring of cognitive skills following medication
  • Diagnosis of learning disorders
  • Diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in adolescents and adults
  • Differential diagnosis (e.g., depression vs dementia; psychological vs neurological)
  • Assessment before and after neurosurgery, including careful evaluation of the cognitive risks associated with surgery (e.g., epilepsy surgery, deep brain stimulation)
  • Return to work or study issues
  • Assessment and provision of recommendations for rehabilitation needs (e.g., following an acquired brain injury or psychiatric illness)
  • Assessment of alcohol-related or drug-related cognitive impairment
  • Brief cognitive assessment / screening for dementia
  • NDIS assessments

Medico-legal

  • Assessment of testamentary capacity
  • Assessment of decision-making capacity, financial management, power of attorney and matters relating to Guardianship
  • Insurance assessments (including Income Protection and Total and Permanent Disability)
  • Fitness For Duty assessments

Cognitive remediation (as follow-up to neuropsychological assessment)

  • Memory training

Clinical supervision and training

  • General

A detailed report is provided to both patients and referrers for each assessment, including results, individually tailed recommendations, plus a feedback session and telephone follow-up if required.

Expertise

Dr Knopman has expertise in the following areas of neuropsychology

  • Dementia (including Alzheimer's disease, Vascular Dementia etc.)
  • Psychiatric and psychological illnesses (e.g., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder etc.)
  • ADHD
  • Learning disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorder in adolescents and adults
  • Healthy brain ageing
  • Epilepsy
  • Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders
  • Stroke
  • General neurological disorders (e.g., multiple sclerosis, encephalitis etc.)
  • Neurosurgery (including epilepsy surgery, tumour removal etc.)
  • General medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease etc.)
  • Rehabilitation (e.g., determining suitability for return to work or study)
  • Decision-making capacity
  • NDIS assessments

Referrals & Pricing

Dr Knopman is able to offer prompt assessment (typically within 3 weeks) and prompt report turnaround (typically within 7 working days). Please enquire about priority assessment options.

Pricing depends on the complexity of each case. A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment typically takes all morning or afternoon. Brief cognitive assessment/screening takes 1 hour. Referral from a doctor or specialist is not necessary but can be very helpful.

Please contact Dr Knopman on 0403 078 881 or info@focusneuropsychology.com.au to make a referral, book an appointment or enquire about pricing.