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We provide comprehensive evaluations on an outpatient basis for adults who have concerns regarding their memory, attention, and other cognitive abilities.

The Ohio State Neuropsychology Service conducts outpatient adult assessments on the basis of physician referrals. Neuropsychological assessment involves the evaluation of brain functioning across a range of neurological and medical conditions. Test batteries are tailored to address specific referral needs and can assist with differential diagnosis, symptom monitoring, decision-making capacity and care planning. We also provide specific recommendations for work or school accommodations, when appropriate. The neuropsychologists in this clinic are Erica Dawson, PhD, ABPP-CN, Laura Boxley, PhD, ABPP-CN, and Cady Block, PhD.


What is clinical neuropsychology?

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.


What is a neuropsychological assessment?

Neuropsychological assessment involves the collection, interpretation, and integration of objective and subjective test data collected through standardized measures and clinical interview with the patient and/or caregiver(s). Test batteries are tailored to address your referral needs and may assess 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. Our assessments are typically completed within one day, and a comprehensive report with detailed recommendations follows within about two weeks.


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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