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Comprehensive evaluations for adults with concerns about attention, memory, and other neurocognitive abilities.

The Ohio State University Neuropsychology Service provides outpatient adult evaluation services on the basis of physician referral.  Clinical neuropsychology is a recognized doctoral-level specialty involving the assessment of cognitive, emotional and behavioral health in the context of a range of neurological, neuropsychiatric and medical conditions or pre/postsurgical or other interventions. 

Neuropsychology is defined by training that conforms to specialty-delineated standards across doctoral, residency and fellowship levels. This includes coursework, clinical training and research spanning psychology, behavior, and intervention and assessment techniques coupled with neuroscience, neurology, structural and functional neuroanatomy, neuroimaging and diagnostic techniques, and pharmacology. Currently, our neuropsychology faculty members include: 

  • Erica Dawson, PhD, ABPP-CN
  • Laura Boxley, PhD, ABPP-CN
  • Cady Block, PhD

What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

Neuropsychological evaluations involve assessment of brain functions across a range of neurological and medical conditions. This is done through the collection, interpretation, and integration of objective and subjective test data collected through standardized measures of mental status, intellectual functioning, academic skills, language, memory, spatial/constructional, motor abilities, processing speed, attention/concentration, reasoning/problem solving, mood and personality, and behavioral health. The evaluation process also includes detailed clinical interview(s) with the patient and/or family member(s) present for the evaluation. 

Our evaluations are typically completed within one day, and a comprehensive report with detailed recommendations follows within about two weeks. Evaluations can be tailored to address specific referral needs and can assist with the following:

  • Clarification of differential diagnoses
  • Allow for ongoing monitoring of symptoms
  • Determination of decisional capacity
  • Assist with short- and long-term care-planning 
  • Identification of work or school accommodations, when appropriate

 

What are the benefits to a neuropsychology assessment?

Patients and their needs are not unidimensional. A neuropsychological assessment can help to inform or deepen the clarity of clinical conceptualization, treatment planning, and case management. More specifically, a referral for neuropsychological assessment could aid with:

Differential Diagnosis. Neuropsychological assessment can help to determine the presence, nature, and severity of neurocognitive dysfunction in light of the patient’s emotional functioning, behavioral health, and social contexts. 

Clinical Correlation. Neuropsychological assessment can provide clinical data that providers can be considered against the findings of other neurodiagnostic studies requested by the treating physician. Neuropsychological test results can be more sensitive than neuroimaging results in some cases and map more readily onto everyday functioning.

Longitudinal Monitoring. An initial assessment is helpful to establish a patient’s baseline, with repeat evaluation being helpful in identifying changes in cognitive, emotional, and behavioral health over time. This type of evaluation process is most helpful for medical conditions commonly associated with progressive cognitive decline (e.g., multiple sclerosis).

Care Planning. Neuropsychological assessment reports can include detailed recommendations to guide decision making, disability determination, and identification of pertinent accommodations/resources for treatment, academic, occupational, and other domains when relevant. This includes the determination of capacity for independent functioning in daily living, school, and work. 
 

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