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FAA Aeromedical Psychological and Neuropsychological Evaluations

Pilots and pilot candidates may be referred for psychological or neuropsychological evaluation by the FAA or their employer in order to determine their capabilities to perform their duties as aviators. There may be concerns regarding the aviator’s emotional functioning, cognitive functioning, and/or substance use.

Dr. Silva is qualified to provide both neuropsychological and psychological evaluations for the FAA using the required criteria for these specific types of evaluations. Our office is equipped with the CogScreen-AE system, which is often times required for the evaluation of aviators. She is also HIMS-trained (Human Intervention and Motivation Study). We understand the implications that such evaluations can have on the careers of pilots and as a result, anxiety in undergoing the evaluation process is expected. We at PNBC ensure that examinees are as comfortable as possible in order to minimize test-taking anxiety.

The evaluations are comprehensive in order to ensure informed decisions. Medical and/or legal records are required for us to review prior to the first appointment. Evaluations always include a 1-2 hour long interview with Dr. Silva prior to undergoing testing. Collateral interviews with family members or co-workers may be required. A full psychological evaluation may take 3-5 face-to-face hours (including the interview) whereas a neuropsychological evaluation can take 6-12 hours, depending on the questions that need to be answered. Typically, examinees are not scheduled for more than 6 hours at a time, and a second day of testing might be necessary. Upon completion of all the tests, a report is written which integrates the findings from the records, interviews, and testing, and determines conclusions and recommendations for treatment and flight status. This report is usually sent to the referral source within two weeks.

For additional questions about the process or to schedule an evaluation, please call 858-964-0722.