The Ohio State Neuropsychology Service is specialized in neuropsychological assessment of adults and geriatric patients with a range of conditions that can impact cognition, such as autoimmune, neurovascular, genetic and neurodevelopmental disorders, among many others.
The neuropsychologists at Ohio State work closely with other providers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute to promote positive patient outcomes by providing a transdisciplinary approach that emphasizes problem-solving ways to best assist our patients. This is done through regular communication between providers as well as through team meetings, research and training.
What to Expect
What should I expect on the day of my assessment?
Your assessment is a one-time appointment at Ohio State Harding Hospital. It may range anywhere from two to six hours, depending on the referral question. You will be contacted by our scheduler to set up your appointment, and you will be sent information regarding the appointment, clinic location and directions, and parking in advance of your appointment.
Once you arrive at Ohio State Harding Hospital, you will register at the front desk and be directed to our offices on the third floor. There, you will be greeted by one of our staff members. You will then work one on one with an experienced technician, who will guide you through the evaluation process. Nearly all testing is paper and pencil, though some tests may be administered by computer. There are no invasive procedures involved. The technician will make sure you take regular breaks.
During the appointment, you will also complete an interview with a neuropsychologist. If there is a friend or family member present, the neuropsychologist may ask if they can speak with them while you are completing testing. Note that family and friends are not allowed in the examination room. Once the testing and interview are done, your assessment is complete, and you can go home.
How to Prepare
What should I do to prepare for my assessment?
If possible, please ensure that you do the following in preparation for the visit:
- Try to get a good night’s sleep
- Eat a good breakfast
- If you become cold/chilled easily, bring a cover-up or sweater
- Bring any medications or snacks/lunch that you may need during your appointment
- Bring your glasses, contact lenses and/or hearing aids
- Bring a list of your current medications and/or supplements
- Bring any copies of past psychological, neuropsychological or academic test reports
What to Expect After
What should I expect after my assessment?
Within about two weeks, assessment findings are communicated to your treating physician in a technical report. The physician reviews findings from our assessment in consideration of other important findings such as any labs, brain scans, sleep studies or other types of tests that may have been completed. Feedback can be obtained by following up with your referring physician or by scheduling a feedback session directly with the neuropsychologist.
English is Not My First Language
What if English is not my first language?
Much of the assessment involves written and spoken language, but we understand that not everyone speaks English as a first language. If you have difficulty understanding and/or speaking English, let us know that you need an interpreter at the time that you schedule your appointment or when discussing the referral for this evaluation with your treating physician.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Your treating physician must submit a referral to our scheduling team, and then our billing specialists will submit a preauthorization for services. After that is complete, our scheduler will contact you to set up your appointment. Important: if there are any concerns about the cost of the evaluation, please discuss this at the time of scheduling or call us in advance of your appointment at 614-293-9600.
What if I have an emergency and need to reschedule my assessment?
We understand that emergencies arise. As soon as possible, please contact Mistii Zimmerman at 614-293-9600 to reschedule your assessment. Note that two late cancellations (i.e., within fewer than 24 hours) or no-shows may result in the need to be re-referred to our clinic.