Assistant Professor of Neurology; Division Chief, Neuropsychology; Associate Training Director, Postdoctoral Residency Program, Neuropsychology
Neuropsychology is a specialty clinical service that provides in-depth evaluations of cognitive functioning (thinking abilities). This includes memory, attention, and problem solving, as well as psychological functioning (depression, anxiety). Neuropsychological assessment is part of the gold standard workup for diagnoses and staging of many neurological and medical disorders. This assessment will also help your providers to better understand your cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
For adults, there may be a variety of medical reasons and neurological disorders for which a person is referred for a neuropsychological evaluation:
- Cognitive changes resulting from primary medical condition such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, stroke, tumor, and traumatic brain injury.
- Neuropsychological testing is an essential part of the gold standard assessment for suspected neurodegenerative conditions (e.g. dementia), in addition to neuroimaging, laboratory studies, and an evaluation by our world-class neurologists.
- Neuropsychological assessment is also critical when predicting how neurosurgery may impact cognitive and emotional functioning. These referrals are often for patients who are undergoing candidacy workup within the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and Movement Disorders Center (e.g. deep brain stimulation, Gamma Knife).
- For children, neuropsychological evaluations can be medically based (e.g. epilepsy) or part of the process for better understanding developmentally-based disorders (e.g. autism spectrum disorders). Pediatric neuropsychological services are offered within the Child Study Center. Please contact pediatric neuropsychologist Mary Best, PhD at 203-737-7151 for an appointment or more information.
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Associate Professor of Neurology
Associate Professor Term; Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery; Assistant Professor of Psychology; Assistant Professor, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology; Associate Core Leader, Outreach and Engagement, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC); Executive Committee Board Member, MORE
Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology; Training Director, Neuropsychology