Pediatric and Adolescent Neuropsychology

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Pediatric and Adolescent Neuropsychology


We offer pediatric and adolescent (ages 2 to 22) neuropsychology evaluations and treatment at our Wallingford campus. Pediatric neuropsychology is concerned with learning and behavior in relationship to a child or adolescent's brain. Our pediatric neuropsychologists, Richard Grayson, PhD, and Tricia McDonough Ryan, PhD, are licensed clinical psychologists who use formal testing of abilities such as memory and language skills to assess brain functioning in children and adolescents. 



What is the process?

Dr. Richard Grayson is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Gaylord. In this video, he discusses his process when seeing a child/adolescent/teen for a neurocognitive assessment. Dr. Grayson's specialties include concussion, acquired brain injury, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, and neurodevelopmental disorders. A physician referral is needed to make an appointment. Please have your physician fax a referral to Gaylord at (203) 294-8705. For any questions please call: (203) 741-3413.

Our Clinicians

Richard H. Grayson, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Grayson works with patients from 2 years old through 22 years of age. He specializes in neuropsychological assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with acquired brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, neurodevelopmental disorders, and cognitive effects of medical diagnoses

Dr. Grayson has served on the boards of the Brain Injury Association (now Alliance/BIAC) of CT and for Waterbury Youth Services. He has published in a variety of child and adolescent journals addressing topics ranging from aggression scales to hypoventilation syndrome. He has participated in over 15 peer-review presentations that include executive functioning in special needs children, neuropsychological assessments, and behavioral implications in children with traumatic brain injury.


Tricia McDonough Ryan, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Ryan works with patients from 2 years old through 22 years of age. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning for patients with acquired brain injury, stroke, brain tumors and other central nervous system diseases or high-risk histories (e.g. prematurity, anoxia, toxicities, malnutrition, international adoption, medical treatments) impacting cognitive, psychological, and behavioral functioning.

She was a concussion expert with the NFL Cincinnati Bengals and presents and consults regularly to local schools, sports teams and state associations on pediatric concussions.



Problems related to memory, thinking and attention can result from both psychiatric disorders and a variety of physical conditions including:

  • Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • High risk histories (e.g. prematurity, anoxia, toxicities, malnutrition, international adoption, medical treatments)
  • Tourette’s Syndrome and other Genetic and Neurological Disorders
  • Strokes
  • Brain Tumors
  • Concussions (for more concussion information see Gaylord Center for Concussion Care)
  • Memory, Concentration and/or Behavior Problems

The Neuropsychological Evaluation provides the basis for a diagnosis and plan of treatment. The Evaluation uses a set of standardized tests and procedures to systematically develop a comprehensive assessment of a number of cognitive and behavioral functions including:

  • Intelligence
  • Problem Solving and Conceptualization
  • Planning and Organization
  • Attention, Memory and Learning
  • Language
  • Academic Skills
  • Perceptual and Motor Abilities
  • Emotions, Behavior and Personality

A Neuropsychological Evaluation is a combination of interviews and testing. The interviews are designed to give our neuropsychologists information about you that will be helpful in forming a diagnosis. For example, you’ll be asked about your symptoms, medical history, medications and other important factors. For children, parents will be interviewed prior to the neuropsychologist's meeting with your child.

Testing may include paper-and-pencil tests, computerized tests, or simply answering questions. The number and variety of tests required, as well as the time needed to complete them, will depend on the condition being assessed. Some tests may be easy, while others are more complex. Most patients find that the tests are interesting and even enjoyable. 


Outpatient Psychology Services

Appointments: (203) 741-3413