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Clinical Pediatric Neuropsychology

Overview

A closer look at the relationship between brain and behavior

Clinical neuropsychology can illuminate the connections between brain and behavior in individuals across the lifespan. The highly skilled team of clinicians in the Tufts Medical Center Neuropsychology Program use neuropsychological, psychological, cognitive and behavioral principles, technologies and tests. Our goal is to evaluate patients’ strengths and weaknesses, diagnose neurobehavioral and neurodevelopmental disorders and plan and implement intervention strategies.

Our Boston neuropsychology experts evaluate such concerns as autism, attention and learning disorders, psychiatric disorders, head injury, sports concussions, brain tumors, medical illness, genetic and metabolic disorders and the effects of infectious disease. Tracking medical and neurodegenerative disorders over time can facilitate strong interdisciplinary understanding of the course of an illness. Some treatments themselves can have cognitive effects that can be followed. We work together with referring physicians in pediatrics, neurology, psychiatry, cardiology, nephrology, metabolism and genetics, and general medicine to shed light on the effects of these and other influences on brain function and treatment.

Comprehensive services from an exceptional team

The clinicians in the Neuropsychology Program bring a broad spectrum of specialized skills to the evaluation of brain–behavior relationships in adults and children. Led by Hope Schreiber, PsyD, ABPP/CN, a board-certified neuropsychologist with nearly 30 years of experience, our team is proficient in assessing conditions throughout the lifespan. Neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism, learning and attention disorders, brain injury, the effects of medical illness, genetic and infectious disease and dementia, are only some of the issues we address at Tufts Medical Center.

A neuropsychological evaluation consists of history-gathering sessions and interviews, as well as pencil or computerized tests in order to understand attention, memory and learning functions. In this way, we can work with your physician and other caregivers or schools to form treatment recommendations to enhance daily life and functioning.

Doctors + Care Team

Patricia Lee, PhD

Patricia Lee, PhD

Title(s): Neuropsychologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3013
Fax #: 617-636-8375

Traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities and other neurodevelopmental disorders, pediatric cancer, HIV encephalopathy

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Hope E. Schreiber, PsyD, ABPP/CN

Hope E. Schreiber, PsyD, ABPP/CN

Title(s): Neuropsychologist/Psychologist; Director, Neuropsychology Program; Director, College Learning Disorders/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Program; Associate Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5774
Fax #: 617-636-4852

Neurodevelopmental disorders in children, adolescents and adults including autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, LD and genetic disorders, neuropsychological consequences of medical and metabolic disorders, transplant patients, dementias and other neurodegenerative disorders, sports-related head injury, infectious disease (HIV, Lyme, etc.), psychiatric disorders and complex differential diagnosis

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Jenifer Walkowiak, PhD

Jenifer Walkowiak, PhD

Title(s): Neuropsychologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Appt. Phone: 617-636-7242
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Neuropsychological evaluations with children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders, social competence difficulties, executive function disorders, concussion management in children

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