UofL Physicians – Psychology and Neuropsychology, located within the UofL Health – Frazier Rehabilitation Institute and Neuroscience Center, offers comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological assessment and treatment services for individuals with a range of medical, neurological, degenerative, genetic, and other disorders. Services are aimed at helping patients and their families or caregivers understand diagnoses, maximize functioning, and maintain quality of life.
Rehabilitation Psychology Services
Health and Behavior Assessment and Therapy
Rehabilitation psychologists at Frazier Rehab Institute complete health and behavior assessments to evaluate an individual’s mood, coping and adjustment, lifestyle behaviors, social support, and other factors associated with a wide range of medical diagnoses or conditions. These evaluations are provided to our inpatient acute rehab population that are referred by physician consult and are a standard component of many of our programs, including brain injury, stroke, amputation, spinal cord injury, and pediatrics. Services are also provided to patients with other presenting concerns, as indicated by physician order. Consultation in other acute care facilities may also be available on an intermittent/as-needed basis.
Health and behavior therapy is individualized to address psychological, cognitive, behavioral, somatic, and/or social disturbances associated with the presenting concerns for which patients are admitted to acute care. An important component of therapy for many individuals is providing injury/illness education to help prepare patients, their families, and caregivers to transition to the community with maximal cognitive, emotional, and social functioning and independence. The frequency and duration of services vary according to individual needs and goals but generally are time-limited.
Health and behavior interventions are evidenced-based and may include:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Behavior Modification
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Mindfulness-Based Therapy
Limited outpatient health and behavior services may be available to support specific clinics to assist patients with coping and adjustment to illness/injury. When additional mental health needs extend beyond the scope of health and behavior assessment and therapy, our team will provide the patient and physician recommendations for outpatient mental health follow-up in the community.
The Neuropsychology Clinic at Frazier Rehab Institute offers comprehensive neuropsychological assessments of patients with a range of neurological, medical, genetic, and other disorders with known or suspected cognitive dysfunction. Patients are generally referred when there is a question of impairment in cognitive and/or behavioral functioning.
Services are to assist in diagnosis, management, and treatment. Our goal is to help patients and their families or caregivers understand diagnoses, maximize functioning, and maintain quality of life.
Patients may be referred for services by their medical providers on an outpatient basis.
Individualized Neuropsychological Evaluations
Assessments are tailored to an individual’s needs and referral questions. Assessments generally involve a review of an individual’s developmental, medical, educational, and family history, a clinical interview with the patient/caregiver(s), and formal neuropsychological testing. Neuropsychological testing is aimed to measure the different cognitive domains encompassing cognitive functioning, including intellectual functions, memory, attention, speed of thinking, executive functions, visuospatial, and language abilities, as well as mood and behavior.
Appointments typically range from 3 to 6 hours in duration, depending on the referral question. Patients and their families can expect to receive feedback regarding the findings of the assessment, followed by recommendations aimed at assisting the patient and their families as they move forward with their plan of care with their referring provider.
Evaluations are available for patients from pediatric to geriatric age ranges who have known or suspected brain dysfunction stemming from a wide variety of neurological conditions, including but not limited to:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Neurodegenerative Diseases and Dementia
- Parkinson’s Disease and other Movement Disorders
- Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
- Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Toxic-Metabolic syndromes
- Concussion, including Sports-Related Injuries
- Pre/Post-Surgical Evaluations
If you are a physician seeking answers to any of the following questions, a referral for neuropsychological evaluation may be appropriate:
- Does my patient have cognitive changes because of a neurological injury or disease?
- What is the nature or extent of the change or loss?
- What impact will the specific cognitive problems have on their everyday functioning?
- How likely is the patient to be able to return to work or school?
- Can rehabilitation improve functioning for return to school or work?
- How well will my patient be able to function at home and in the community?
- Are cognitive changes due to emotional factors, disease, or both?
- I think my patient has mild dementia. Can you help me track changes over time?
- My patient has acquired various neurological insults or a progressive neurological condition. Can you help me track their symptoms over time?
- I am concerned that my patient isn’t adjusting well to his/her diagnosis/injury. Can you evaluate and treat as necessary?
To schedule an evaluation, contact us at 502-585-3472 or fax an order to 502-582-7646.