Yale Neuropsychology is a subspecialty clinical service that provides in-depth evaluations of various brain functions including attention, impulse control, problem solving, memory, language, visual perception, sensory-motor skills, intelligence and emotions. This is an important step for diagnoses, identifying symptom severity, predicting changes when neurosurgery is being considered, and learning more about the disease progress in a variety of neurological disorders.
There may be a variety of medical reasons that a person is referred for a neuropsychological evaluation. Among adults this may include diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease or similar neurodegenerative conditions; predicting how brain surgery may impact thinking abilities; identifying and recommending treatments for the effects of chemotherapy, and diagnoses and treatment direction for patients with multiple sclerosis, concussions, and strokes.
Children of all ages may be referred for similar neurological reasons as adults, but this may also be part of the process for identifying or better understanding more developmentally based disorders (e.g. autism spectrum disorders, childhood disintegrative disorder, etc.). Though we focus on neurologically based disorders, these evaluations may also be helpful for individuals with complex educational difficulties (though insurance typically does not cover evaluations for educationally based reasons).
Assistant Professor of Neurology