Historically, neuropsychologists have played an integral role in epilepsy units, particularly in pre and post surgical evaluations.
Neuropsychological evaluations are often used to predict the impact of surgery on patients, help localize seizure onset, and are considered in the decision to operate on patients with medically intractable epilepsy.
Neuropsychological evaluations are also helpful to improve quality of life in patients not being considered for surgery. They can be an important ingredient to treatment, vocational, and general rehabilitation planning.
Recommendations from neuropsychologists can also help patients and family members better cope with the consequences of epilepsy.
You are more than welcome to call Dr. Brown if you have any questions about whether a neuropsychological evaluation may be of use to your or your patients.
Epilepsy is one of his areas of expertise and he continues to see epilepsy patients through Yale’s Department of Neurosurgery. He also has and continues to investigate the impact of epilepsy on cognitive functioning with research publications and presentations at international conferences.