The USF Health Neuropsychology Division provides comprehensive neuropsychological services to the community through several practice locations in the Tampa Bay area.
Neuropsychological services, offered in both English and Spanish languages, are provided to individuals with known or suspected brain dysfunction. A vast array of conditions may impact brain function including, but not limited to, neurological disease or syndromes, neuropsychiatric diseases as well as systematic diseases (systemic lupus erythemitosis). Disorders may be acquired (concussions and traumatic brain injuries, electrocution, oxygen deprivation) or developmental/genetic.
Programmatic services are available for individuals with:
- Epilepsy and seizures
- Autoimmune Encephalitis
- Cerebrovascular disease and stroke
- Dementias and mild cognitive impairment and aging
- Movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson's disease, Essential Tremor, dystonias, and torticollis as well as other conditions)
- Neuro-oncology and brain tumors
- Systematic diseases affecting the brain or central nervous system such as lupus
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Genetic diseases affecting the central nervous system
- Acquired brain injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and Concussion
- Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders
- Any other cerebral insult or injury
Specialty clinics with research programmatic activities are currently available in:
Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury
The Neuropsychology Concussion Management Program is associated with the Sports Medicine and Athletic Related Trauma (SMART) Institute, which is part of the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at USF Health.
SMART is an Institute "funded by the Florida legislature to improve sports safety and reduce needless deaths on the playing and practice fields." For a list of all SMART outreach programs, please click the link above.
Epilepsy and Seizures
Comprehensive neuropsychological services are available for epilepsy and seizures, and neuropsychology faculty are members of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at USF Health, Department of Neurology and Tampa General Hospital (TGH). Neuropsychological evaluations assist to predict cognitive and behavioral outcome from neurological surgery to treat medically refractory (intractable) epilepsy, identify cognitive and behavioral (neuropsychological) deficits that can be associated with epilepsy and/or seizures, and also monitor the neuropsychological effects of medical and surgical therapies over time.
Deep Brain Stimulator (DBS) surgery and Focused Ultrasound (FUS) treatment for Movement Disorders
Comprehensive neuropsychological services are available for movement disorders and specifically guided protocols for surgical and intervention therapies (DBS/FUS) of movement disorders. Neuropsychology faculty members consult with Neurology and Neurosurgery faculty of the Movement Disorder Program of USF Health, Department of Neurology. Neuropsychological evaluations assist to predict cognitive and behavioral outcome from neurological surgery (DBS, surgical ablation) for movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson's disease, Essential Tremor, etc.). Neuropsychological evaluations also identify cognitive and behavioral (neuropsychological) deficits that can be associated with movement disorders (e.g., dementia). Finally, the neuropsychological effects of medical and surgical therapies can be monitored over time.
Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
Comprehensive neuropsychological services are available for individuals with dementias and Mild Cognitive Impairment. Neuropsychology Faculty are directly involved with the USF Memory Disorders Clinic (MDC) of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute.
Clinical services are available for children and adults throughout the life span.