UMHS Neuropsychology Section
The Neuropsychology Section (Carol Persad, Ph.D., Director) has a rich tradition in the measurement of cognitive and behavioral characteristics of diverse patient groups and a close working relationship with other investigators in a number of departments, including Psychiatry, Neurology, Radiology, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Surgery, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Internal Medicine, as well as other Medical Center programs and other University units, such as the schools of Nursing, Public Health, and Engineering and the Institute of Social Research. The Neuropsychology Section plays an integral role in many clinical research studies and clinical trials by providing neuropsychological evaluations to participants, quality assurance, and by helping to formulate tests, coordinate data collection, and analyze hypotheses in addition to generating and administering its own research programs. The Section evaluates more than 3000 patients annually based on referrals for neuropsychological sequelae associated with general medical and neurological conditions, dementia, as well as pre-surgical evaluations, mood disorders, and neurodevelopmental and learning/attention problems. The program also completes numerous research-based evaluations for investigators in the Neuropsychology Section and Department of Psychiatry, as well as for researchers throughout the medical center and through contracts with industry.
The Section is housed in over 3,000 square feet of space and located in a UM Commonwealth Building between the main medical center and the East Ann Arbor medical campus. The Section includes 11 faculty members, 11 masters level psychologists, 5 postdoctoral residents, numerous research assistants, and other students and trainees. Our facility is equipped with modern psychological test instruments and computers for measurement of psychological and psychophysiological behaviors, including the latest computer-based testing devices. The laboratory facility includes sets of adjacent rooms separated by a one-way mirror for patient observation and video and sound equipment for patient monitoring, a large research area for mobility and driving simulator studies, a computer laboratory for imaging studies, and three conference rooms equipped with video-conferencing facilities. Fourteen testing rooms are housed in the section, along with other open laboratory space and faculty, trainee and staff offices. Permanent satellite evaluation rooms are also located at the inpatient Psychiatric Hospital, Psychiatry’s Rachel Upjohn Building, the Michigan Clinical Research Unit, and the UM Medical Center Med Inn. The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center also is located in the Commonwealth Building and shares many of the Neuropsychology Section facilities and research space. All postdoctoral residents have individual offices with desktop computers at the Commonwealth Building.
VAAAHS Neuropsychology Section
The VAAAHS Neuropsychology Section has a long history of evaluating veterans in acute and long-term care inpatient settings, outpatient clinics, and rehabilitation units. The Section has a major role in the diagnosis and evaluation of medical, neurological, and psychiatric conditions which affect cognitive and personality changes. The Section is widely integrated into research investigating the interaction between medical disease and injury and cognitive and personality changes in veterans. In recent years this has included studies of the effects of drugs on cognition, the influence of normal aging vs. neurological disease, interactions between depression and cognition, the role of motivation in neuropsychological test performance, and interactive effects of PTSD and mild head injury, among others.
VA Ann Arbor Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital in Ann Arbor, MI, with 142 beds, serving veterans from Southeastern Michigan and Northern Ohio. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). It is also a teaching hospital. Survey data for the latest year available shows that 18,184 patients visited the hospital's emergency room. The hospital had a total of 5,539 admissions. Its physicians performed 1,628 inpatient and 2,856 outpatient surgeries. It provides the full range of inpatient and outpatient services, including neurology, neurosurgery, and geriatric internal medicine in addition to other medical and surgical services. Facilities are newly updated in most areas, including Mental Health, Outpatient, and Nursing Home facilities. Offices for Residents are currently undergoing renovation and incoming Neuropsychology Residents will have modern support facilities, with full computer access to the University of Michigan information systems and library, as well as VAAAHS information systems.
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