The University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry Neuropsychology Program has a rich tradition in the measurement of cognitive and behavioral characteristics of diverse patient groups and a close working relationship with other investigators in a number of departments, including Psychiatry, Neurology, Radiology, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Surgery, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Internal Medicine, as well as other Medical Center programs and other University units, such as the schools of Nursing, Public Health, and Engineering and the Institute of Social Research.
The Neuropsychology Program plays an integral role in many clinical research studies and clinical trials by providing neuropsychological evaluations to participants, quality assurance, and by helping to formulate tests, coordinate data collection, and analyze hypotheses in addition to generating and administering its own research programs.
The program evaluates more than 3000 patients annually based on referrals for neuropsychological sequelae associated with general medical and neurological conditions, dementia, as well as pre-surgical evaluations, mood disorders, and neurodevelopmental and learning/attention problems.
The program also completes numerous research-based evaluations for investigators in the Neuropsychology Program and Department of Psychiatry, as well as for researchers throughout the medical center and through contracts with industry.
Specialized clinics within Neuropsychology include:
General Neuropsychological and Psychological Evaluation Program
The General Neuropsychological and Psychological Evaluation Program (GNPEP) provides comprehensive neuropsychological and psychological assessment and intervention services for both inpatients and outpatients, including:
Older adults (geriatric)
Adult and geriatric evaluations center on disorders of cognitive functioning resulting from trauma, medical and neurological disease, vascular accidents, toxin exposure, and psychiatric conditions, with particular emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases.
Developmental evaluations concentrate on delivery of services to children, adolescents, and their families, including specific problems in learning and attention/concentration. We pay particular attention to cognitive disorders associated with neurological illness, general medical conditions, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities and developmental disabilities.
The GNPEP also provides psychological testing services for patients in the Department of Psychiatry Adult Outpatient and Inpatient programs, and for general outpatient and inpatient referrals from the medical center and community. Services include cognitive and personality assessment using self-rating inventories, intelligence tests, objective and projective personality tests and computer-assisted personality assessment.
Educational Evaluation and Consultation Program
The Neuropsychology Clinic's Educational Evaluation and Consultation Program (EECP) provides evaluations and consultation services for children, adolescents and adults who are having difficulties in some area of their education, or who need academic or career counseling. This includes specialized assessments for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities. The clinic also provides support and evaluation services for gifted individuals and students and trainees having difficulty in completing higher education programs (e.g., medical students and residents, undergraduate and graduate students).