Neurocognitive Assessment Laboratory
Location and Contact Information
- Mailing address: Neurocognitive Assessment Laboratory
PO Box 800203
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville , VA 22908-0203
- Phone number: (434) 924-2718
- Fax number: (434) 243-6546
- Patient check-in location: Room 4334, Davis Wing (Right next to the Davis Elevator), Hospital West Complex
- Laboratory location and faculty staff offices: 6th Floor, Barringer Wing, Hospital West Complex
Faculty: Barth, Bender, Broshek, Freeman.
Clinical: The Neurocognitive Assessment Laboratory specializes in the assessment of brain-behavior relationships, providing information about cognitive and behavioral strengths and weaknesses in relationship to neuropathological conditions, and offering suggestions for treatment and rehabilitation. Neurocognitive assessments consist of standardized, objective paper-pencil, mechanical, and computerized tests that quantify neurocognitive deficits and compare each patient’s performance to a normative data sample of same-age peers. Adolescents through geriatric patients are referred for both inpatient and outpatient assessments by many medical specialties including psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery, and internal medicine, and patients come from within the UVA Health System, the local community, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and from other states. The most common referral questions relate to the following:
- Traumatic brain injury and other neurological trauma
- Sports-related concussion
- Cerebrovascular accidents (i.e., stroke) and vascular disease
- Neoplastic disease
- Central nervous system infection
- Seizure disorders
- Degenerative neurological conditions
- Mild age associated memory impairment
- Neurocognitive aspects of general medical conditions (e.g., organ transplant, lupus)
- ADHD and learning disabilities
- Post-operative cognitive dysfunction
- Living organ donation
The Neurocognitive Assessment Laboratory houses the Brain Injury and Sports Concussion (BISC) Institute, which is a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary center involving the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, Education, and Arts and Sciences, as well as the Department of Athletics. The BISC Institute’s mission involves the comprehensive study, understanding, and treatment of mild and moderate traumatic brain injury, and the reduction of neurologic risk in youth and adult athletes, military, and other clinical populations. The BISC Institute focuses on:
- The comprehensive study and understanding of TBI and concussion.
- Cutting edge interdisciplinary neurocognitive, neurophysiological, and engineering-physics-mathematics brain injury research.
- The clinical assessment, intervention, management and prevention of sports concussion, blast injuries, and other neurotrauma.
- Postgraduate education and training in the area of TBI and neuroscience.
- Information dissemination and the development and shaping of public policy with regard to head trauma in sports, combat, and other clinical populations.
Education: The four Neurocognitive Assessment Laboratory faculty members have primary responsibility for training up to seven postdoctoral fellows in Clinical Neuropsychology. These faculty members are also primary supervisors for psychology graduate students, as well as psychiatry residents who rotate through our service. They provide supervision and training to these fellows, students, and residents in clinical neuropsychological assessment. The Neurocognitive Assessment Laboratory faculty members give multiple lectures within the Medical Psychology Fellowship Training Program.
Research: The Neurocognitive Assessment Laboratory faculty are primarily clinically focused, however, since neurocognitive assessment is often critical to clinical outcome research, the several faculty members are involved as Co-Investigators and consultants on many research projects in the areas of epilepsy surgery, e-health treatment of insomnia, traumatic brain injury and concussion, treatment of substance abuse, symptom validity and effort assessment, HIV intervention, and liver transplant living donor protocols.