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

At the Ohio State Neuropsychology Clinic, we perform comprehensive evaluations for adults with concerns about their thinking abilities (i.e., cognition). Referral questions often relate to specific conditions that can be associated with changes in cognition, such as Alzheimer's disease, brain tumors, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke, traumatic brain injury and others. We also evaluate candidates prior to brain surgery and organ transplant surgery.

The focus of these evaluations is to characterize individuals' strengths and weaknesses and to offer treatment recommendations to improve functioning and quality of life.

What is a neuropsychological evaluation?

Neuropsychological evaluations can be more sensitive than neurologic examination and neuroimaging in identifying underlying cognitive limitations.

These evaluations include:

  • Objective measurement of cognition and mood/personality
  • Clinical interviews of the patient and anyone accompanying him/her to the appointment for additional information
  • Review of available medical history and other pertinent information

Schedule an appointment

Schedule an appointment

Insurance companies typically require a physician referral in order to cover a neuropsychological evaluation. Insurances are also most likely to cover a neuropsychological evaluation if a specific question is asked, such as, “This patient presents with memory concerns. Please assess for early signs of dementia.”

If you have concerns about your cognitive functioning, ask your treating physician if a neuropsychological evaluation makes sense for you.

Referrals can be sent from other OSU providers via electronic medical records. Referrals from outside providers can be faxed to Central Scheduling at 614-293-1456.

Questions regarding referrals or appointments at the Ohio State Neuropsychology Clinic can be directed to Mistii Zimmerman at 614-293-9600.

What to expect

What to expect

Your appointment may last between 2–6 hours, depending on the questions asked by your referring physician. That time will include paper-and-pencil testing with a psychometrist and/or a qualified graduate student, as well as a clinical interview with a neuropsychologist.

Cognitive domains assessed may include attention, processing speed, learning and memory, language, visual/spatial skills and others. Mood and personality are typically assessed as well for a complete picture of the patient's current functioning. 

Once the evaluation is complete, the neuropsychologist will review your history and test scores and send a written report to the referring physician. Results can be obtained through the referring physician or via a feedback session scheduled with the neuropsychologist.

Prepare for your visit

Prepare for your visit

A history form should be mailed to you prior to your appointment. Please bring that completed form with you to the appointment. Also be sure to bring a copy of your current medication list plus glasses or hearing aids if you wear them.

Additionally, please consider these recommendations:

  • Get a good night's rest the night before 
  • Take your medications as prescribed (if applicable)
  • Be sure to eat prior to the appointment, and consider bringing snacks if your appointment is longer than two hours. If you are scheduled for a six-hour appointment, you will be given a one-hour lunch break. You can bring a lunch or visit the cafe across the street at the Biomedical Research Tower
  • If you have a family member or friend who knows about your condition or current problems, please consider having that person accompany you to the appointment. You may be asked if the neuropsychologist can speak with that person while you complete the testing. Note that family members are not permitted in the examination room

Our Team

Our leaders


Cady Block, PhD

Clinical Neuropsychologist; Clinical Assistant Professor; Director of Research, Neuropsychology Clinic

Dr. Block's primary clinical and research interests include adult medical neuropsychology, with specific interests in the intersection of complex medical and neurological disorders, pre/post-surgical evaluations and neurotrauma. She is also involved with the training and education of medical students.

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Laura Boxley, PhD

Director, Clinical Neuropsychology Training

Laura Boxley, PhD, completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship specializing in neuropsychology at the Veterans Health Administration Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan. Clinically, Dr. Boxley evaluates cognition and everyday functioning in adults with neurologic and/or major medical conditions. She is also actively involved in education and research.

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Erica Dawson, PhD

Director, Neuropsychology Clinic

Dr. Dawson evaluates cognition and everyday functioning in adults with neurologic and/or major medical conditions. She is also actively involved in education and administrative efforts.

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