About Us

The Ohio State University’s Neuropsychology Clinical-Translational Research Laboratory (NCTRL) includes neuropsychology faculty members who lead a number of longitudinal studies, all with the aim of advancing our knowledge of the relationship between neurocognition, aging, and health. Our faculty members have ongoing collaborations with the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Neurology, and Neurosurgery here at OSU, as well as in other academic and medical institutions.

The NCTRL is led by research director Cady Block, PhD, and co-director Christopher Nguyen, PhD. Broad research interests are listed below. For more information on specific faculty, please visit the About Us section of this website. 

  • Evaluation and treatment of epilepsy and seizure disorders
  • Neurocognitive and neuropsychiatric sequelae of neurodegenerative disease 
  • Neurocognitive sequelae of primary brain tumors
  • Cardiovascular risk factors for neurocognitive decline
  • Cognitive aging, decision making, and civil capacities
  • Cross-cultural considerations in neuropsychology

Research Leadership

Our faculty members help to shape science education, training, practice, and policy through leadership roles within regional, national, and international entities. This includes the following organizations:  

  • The International Neuropsychological Society
  • The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • The National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • The Society for Clinical Neuropsychology
  • The American Psychological Association

Research Dissemination

Our faculty members are active in publishing and presenting, helping to disseminate findings in the professional arena as well as our own local community. A sampling of recent faculty presentation forums include: 
  • The International Neuropsychological Society
  • The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • The National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • The Society for Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Grand Rounds, The Ohio State University
  • Multiple Sclerosis & White Matter Disease Conference, The Ohio State University
  • MS Scarlet & Gray Education Day, The Ohio State University
  • Neuro-Oncology Education Day, The Ohio State University

Our faculty members are also active in publishing and reviewing empirical research. A sampling of recent faculty publication forums include: 

  • Applied Neuropsychology: Adult
  • Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Behavior Research Methods
  • Frontiers in Neuroscience
  • Journal of Clinical Oncology
  • Journal of Palliative Medicine
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • The Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation

Research Participation

Patients referred for clinical evaluations may be asked if they are willing to have their test results collected for use as part of ongoing research projects. For patients interested in participating in research, know that all studies must be approved through The Ohio State University Institutional Review Board, which conducts thorough initial and ongoing reviews to ensure that our research is ethically sound and conducted with the privacy and welfare of our patients in mind. In line with international research standards, all personally identifiable information is removed from any clinical data that we collect.
Participation is voluntary, and whether an individual allows his/her test results to be used for research purposes does not have any impact on their evaluation. Results are reported in aggregate form, with no way of identifying individual participants, primarily in scholarly journal publications.

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