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Neurobehavioral Evaluation

Our Approach to Care

Many complex medical conditions and diseases of the brain may impact a person's cognitive or thinking abilities or may cause changes to behavior or emotions. Our Comprehensive Neurobehavioral Evaluation assesses these various changes that can negatively impact quality of life. The comprehensive evaluation includes two distinct assessments: an assessment of your thinking abilities by a clinical neuropsychologist and a neurologic/psychiatric assessment by a clinical neuropsychiatrist.

With the results of these two evaluations, we will provide information to help you understand why you are experiencing changes in your behavior, cognition and/or emotional states. We will communicate our recommendations to your physician, including comprehensive treatment plans to assure that all aspects of your health contributing to the underlying problem are being addressed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Individuals with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease or epilepsy who are experiencing behavioral changes
  • Patients who have suffered a brain injury or stroke and have developed obsessive compulsive behaviors, aggressive habits, or a severe apathy and lack of motivation
  • An individual who has memory problems and can no longer function at the same level at work, home, or in social settings.
  • Patients whose behavioral and cognitive symptoms have not responded to traditional medication therapy.

A Neuropsychiatrist is a medical doctor with advanced training in psychiatric and behavioral symptoms. Using the results of neurologic and psychiatric exams as well as results from brain imaging, Neuropsychiatrists create comprehensive treatment plans and often are called upon to diagnose and treat difficult and often rare disorders.

A Neuropsychologist is a psychologist with additional training in how behavior and skills are related to brain structures, systems and functioning. Brain function is evaluated by objectively testing memory and thinking skills.

Patients are typically referred by a physician or other health care provider, such as a primary care provider or neurologist. Patients cannot self-refer for this comprehensive evaluation. Referrals and Information and appointments are available by calling 203-741-3413.

Evaluations can be conducted on the same day or broken up over the course of two days. The entire evaluation includes the following:

  • Assessing vital signs, vision, hearing, and current medications being taken
  • A Neuropsychological evaluation, which includes a 3- to 5-hour detailed assessment of cognitive abilities, with a focus on memory and thinking, as well as questions about your symptoms, medical history and medications.
  • A Neuropsychiatric evaluation, which consists of an interview, physical examination and additional testing.

After all diagnostic testing has been obtained, findings will be reviewed by the team and a follow-up appointment will be scheduled in order to review recommendations with the patient.

Please bring lunch, snacks and beverages or plan to visit our cafe. You will need your glasses, hearing aids, and any assistive devices that you use for walking, as well as a list of current medications and all medical records from other healthcare providers. A Patient History Questionnaire will be sent to you prior to your appointment. It is imperative that you complete this ahead of time and either mail it back to us or bring it with you to the evaluation. In addition, it is very important that any imaging of the brain (MRI, CT, PET, SPECT) be sent to us on a CD or DVD prior to the evaluation. These can be obtained from the facility where the imaging study was completed.

When you contact Gaylord’s Center for Brain Health to schedule your evaluation, insurance information will be obtained and staff will verify benefit coverage.


Center for Brain Health Appointments: (203) 741-3413

Fax: (203) 284-2721