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Neuropsychology

Links Cognition, Memory and Behavior to Brain Malfunction

The science of neuropsychology attempts to link deficits in cognition, memory and behavior to a malfunction in a part of the brain. In the Division of Behavioral Neurology at BIDMC, our team of highly-skilled neuropsychologists uses a patient-centered approach to evaluate and treat patients with diverse medical and psychiatric conditions that affect their cognitive and emotional abilities.

Comprehensive Assessment and Treatment

Patients referred for a neuropsychological evaluation receive a comprehensive assessment by professionals who are attuned to the unique physical and emotional challenges these patients face.

Conditions Treated

We treat individuals suffering from:

All are provided with the same expert care expected from a world-class teaching hospital.

Evaluation

The evaluation has a number of goals:

  • Establish differential diagnosis for those patients in whom there is diagnostic uncertainty.
  • Provide important information regarding each individual's capacity for independent living and their ability to work and manage financial and domestic affairs.
  • Guide decisions about medication management and long-term planning.
  • Determine how best to maximize each patient's quality of life.

Individualized Treatment Plan

Following the evaluation, the psychologist will meet with the patient and their family to review the test findings and discuss recommendations. Recommendations are individually tailored to each patient depending on their functional strengths and weaknesses. Feedback to the patient is provided both in the form of a face-to-face meeting as well as in a written report.

Individual and Group Therapy

In addition to treating patients, the neuropsychologists in the Division of Behavioral Neurology also provide individual and group therapy for patients with cognitive and emotional problems, and they are involved in clinical research focused on dementia, driving safety and Asperger's Syndrome.

Our Team

Margaret Heffernan, PhD
Sara Hoffschmidt, PhD
Nancy Madigan, PhD
Margaret O'Connor, PhD
Danae Perez-Cahill, PhD
Bonnie Wong, PhD

Contact Information

Cognitive Neurology Unit
Department of Neurology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-4074