The Benton Neuropsychology Laboratory provides neuropsychological and psychological assessments of a wide variety of patients with known or suspected brain dysfunction or psychological conditions. The Laboratory is staffed by licensed and board-certified clinical neuropsychologists.
In general, patients are referred when there is some question of an impairment in cognition, or a psychological condition that bears on patient management or treatment. The aim of the evaluation is to quantify these cognitive (e.g., memory, intellect, attention, language) and psychological (e.g., depression, anxiety) factors, and to identify possible etiologies. Also, recommendations and guidelines pertaining to the practical implications of assessment findings are provided (e.g., ability to drive, manage finances, manage medication or medical regimens, or make independent decisions). Common types of patients served include those with dementia, stroke, traumatic brain injury, seizures, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, developmental disorders, and various other medical conditions (e.g., diabetes, HIV, lupus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Psychological and behavioral conditions are also addressed, such as somatoform disorders, depression, anxiety, or aggression.