Brain disease can cause intellectual impairments of profound complexity. The diagnosis and management of the cognitive and behavioral impairments accompanying diseases such as epilepsy, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, traumatic brain injury, or systemic illness often require an integrated approach by a team of multidisciplinary experts. The NYU Cognitive Neurology Program is an out-patient specialty clinic dedicated to providing state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatments for adults with brain-based memory, perceptual, cognitive, or emotional impairments. The NYU Cognitive Neurology Program is also committed to conducting varied clinical investigations in this area.
The NYU Cognitive Neurology Program is staffed by a diverse group of specialists: neurologists with expertise in behavioral neurology and epilepsy, a neuropsychiatrist/ psychopharmacologist, senior clinical research neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, clinical research nurse specialists supervising drug trials, and clinical social workers experienced in neurological disease. Our specialists work closely with other branches of the Department of Neurology at NYU Medical Center and have close ties with the Rusk Institute for cognitive rehabilitation and speech therapy.
The NYU Cognitive Neurology Program specializes in the diagnosis and care of patients with the following conditions:
A behavioral neurology evaluation at the NYU Cognitive Neurology Program includes:
Formal evaluation of patients employing a series of quantitative tests of cognitive function. The neuropsychologic profile is used to confirm a diagnosis, assess potential for rehabilitation, and measure change over time in response to treatment.
Evaluation and determination of psychopharmacologic interventions for mood disorders and behavioral problems associated with neurological diseases.
Clinical psychologists address the management of cognitive deficits in daily living activities and the development of effective coping strategies.
At the Rusk Institute, multi-dimensional cognitive rehabilitation is designed to maximize the functional status of the patient.
Psychosocial assessment and treatment for patients and caregivers. A case manager networks parents and families to appropriate community resources and coordinated care planning.
The NYU Cognitive Neurology Program is actively recruiting patients with memory disorders due to traumatic brain injury and/or epilepsy that are otherwise healthy and are interested in participating in medication trials. Non-pharmacological approaches to cognitive remediation in epilepsy (i.e., education, yoga, behavioral strategies) are also being studied.
Other areas of research interest include functional imaging of recovery of language, motor function, and visuospatial neglect from focal or traumatic brain injury.
Cognitive Neurology Program
NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
403 East 34th Street, 4th floor
New York, N.Y. 10016