Division of Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology
Neuropsychology examines brain-behavior relationships. More specifically, neuropsychologists are licensed professionals who evaluate cognitive abilities such as memory, attention, visual-spatial skills, and problem solving. Through testing and interviews, neuropsychologists identify individual strengths and weaknesses, and work with the rehabilitation team to develop personalized strategies for each individual assessed. The aim of these strategies is to compensate for deficits and utilize strengths most effectively in an effort to maximize functional gains.
Rehabilitation psychology is the psychological evaluation and treatment of persons with disabilities. Whether people are born with their disabilities or acquire them later in life, rehabilitation psychologists help them to lead functional, fulfilling and meaningful lives. Rehabilitation psychologists help people deal with conditions and issues stemming from disability such as chronic health conditions, emotional problems, and psychosocial problems.
Understanding disability related impairments and the effects on patients and families is necessary when designing effective treatment programs:
- Rehabilitation regimens - Division clinicians work side by side with PMR physiatrists and therapists to achieve the best patient outcomes possible.
- Training curriculum - Division faculty educate physicians and scientists about therapeutic and neuropharmacologic agents and the effects of such interventions on cognition, behavior, and emotion.
- Research studies - Division researchers investigate rehabilitation strategies that will improve the rate and effectiveness of patient recovery.