Dr Alex Knopman

Clinical Neuropsychologist

BPsych(Hons), MClinNeuropsych, PhD, MAPS (CCN)

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)
  • Full Member of the APS' College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • Honorary academic appointment, Macquarie University

About Dr Knopman

Dr Alex Knopman is a Sydney based Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist in private practice, clinical research and the public hospital system. He has 15 years of experience with neuropsychological assessment, memory training and cognitive remediation in adults/adolescents suffering from a range of disorders of cognition. These include those related to mental illness, dementia, head injury, stroke, learning disability, ADHD, epilepsy, drug/alcohol use, and general neurological, neurosurgical and medical conditions. Dr Knopman’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 maintains a special interest in the assessment of cognitive capacity within clinical and medico-legal contexts. He is experienced in the provision of an expert opinion pertaining to testamentary capacity, capacity to appoint/revoke an Enduring Power of Attorney/Enduring Guardian, capacity to consent to medical treatment, capacity to consent to lifestyle matters (such as living arrangements and services) and financial management orders. Dr Knopman provides assessments for Total and Permanent Disability (TPD) insurance claims (where these relate to loss of cognitive function) and fitness to return to work.

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 Alzheimer’s Disease 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.

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
  • 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

Medico-legal

  • Assessment of testamentary capacity
  • Assessment of decision-making capacity, financial management, power of attorney and matters relating to Guardianship

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

  • Psychiatric and psychological illnesses (e.g., schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder etc.)
  • ADHD and other learning disorders
  • Dementia (including Alzheimer's disease, Vascular Dementia etc.)
  • 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

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.