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Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation Psychology

Rehabilitation neuropsychologists support people after a serious illness or injury. They assess people's cognitive, emotional, social, and physical health and provide holistic solutions, including adjustment to disability. More than anything, they help people find themselves again.

At UPMC, our rehabilitation neuropsychologists provide one-on-one support both at the hospital and in an outpatient setting. We also advocate for people to get the support, therapies, and accommodations they need at home, work, and in the community.

We provide a broad range of neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology services tailored across the person's lifespan, from pediatric to adult care. Our specialists work collaboratively to assess and treat the neurocognitive and psychological aspects of disabilities. They ensure that patients and their families receive the support needed for recovery.

Whether you're dealing with a life-changing diagnosis or a significant injury, our dedicated professionals are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.

Neuropsychology Assessment and Treatment

Using standardized measures, our neuropsychologists assess how a person is functioning in all areas, including cognitive, behavioral, emotional, physical, and social domains.

By knowing how a major illness or injury impacts a person, our neuropsychologists can help teams develop targeted treatments. They also can ensure neuropsychology therapies are right for the person in intensity, length, and setting.

Learn more about UPMC's neuropsychological services.

Rehabilitation Psychology

People face major emotional and psychosocial challenges after serious brain injuries, strokes, or life-changing diagnoses. Rehabilitation neuropsychologists help people process their emotions, accept change, challenge themselves, and find meaning.

On top of one-on-one care, we provide advocacy, teaching, and research. We help family members, therapists, and school and workplace personnel understand each person's unique health needs.

Learn more about UPMC's rehabilitation psychology services.

What Do Neuropsychologists Do?

Neuropsychologists assess how various brain conditions or diseases affect thinking and behavior. They assess the impacts in a wide range of areas, including problem-solving, focus, visuospatial skills, language, memory, and more.

By knowing a person's strengths and challenges, neuropsychologists can help them manage expectations for their recovery. They can come up with holistic solutions that target key areas for improvement. Neuropsychologists ensure that therapies are not "one size fits all," but take into account that person's unique abilities and needs.

For patients who are still in school, neuropsychologists can work with families and school personnel to recommend accommodations, such as in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accommodations Plan.

Contact Us

Call 412-232-4301 to learn more or make an appointment with a doctor from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.