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OUHSC Neuropsychology Lab

The ​primary supervisors are John Linck, Ph.D., ABPP-CN and James G. Scott, Ph.D., ABPP-CN. Two adult providers, Christopher Copeland, Ph.D., and Daniel Heyanka, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, also provide clinical supervision. Jessica Holster, Ph.D., is a pediatric neuropsychologist who also provides supervision in the clinic. Clinical Neuropsychology services are primarily outpatient, but limited inpatient experiences are available. Populations include primarily adults and older adolescents. Some pediatric neuropsychological assessment experiences are available with Jessica Holster, Ph.D. Typical referrals are obtained from physicians within the University Medical Center and from other hospitals and physician groups in the Oklahoma, North Texas, Southwest Missouri, and Northwest Arkansas areas.

Patient populations at OUHSC and VA include those with neuropsychiatric disorders, known and suspected dementias of various types, mild cognitive impairment, brain tumors, stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, toxic exposure, and chronic pain.  In addition to the above experiences, a unique opportunity exists to be involved in:

  1. Civil forensics cases (i.e. worker’s compensation, FAA Pilot exams, legal cases and independent medical exams).
  2. Kidney donor evaluations.
  3. Pre- and post-surgical DBS. 
  4. Pre- and post-surgical epilepsy evaluations. 
  5. Pre and post-surgical evaluations with adult brain tumor patients and participate in intraoperative brain mapping.
  6. Wada testing.
  7. Bariatric surgery mental health evaluations.

The OUHSC Neuropsychology Laboratory is well equipped with 4 testing labs and a broad array of assessment instruments.  A personal computer is available in the laboratory for use in administering and/or scoring some assessment instruments.

Residents can expect to be involved in completing the clinical and collateral interviews, test administration and scoring, integrative report writing, consultation, patient feedback, treatment planning, and brief supportive therapy involving adjustment to disability and/or cognitive rehabilitation.  Residents will have the opportunity to collaborate with ​Neuropsychology faculty on research. A research study of publishable quality is completed each year. Additionally, each trainee has their own personal office with computer and other essential office equipment.

Neuropsychology – Veteran’s Administration 

The Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center is geographically a part of the OU Medical Center and University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Faculty are affiliated with the VAMC. Residents generally complete a one-year program of intensive clinical neuropsychology training at the VAMC, although major rotations (part-time placements) may be possible (e.g. for non-US citizens). The primary supervisors are Bill Ruwe, Ph.D. and Gina Bien, Ph.D. Neuropsychology services include a mixture of outpatient and inpatient evaluations (80%-20%).

Referrals for evaluation, including both outpatient and inpatient requests for services, are generated by providers throughout the hospital, with the most frequent requests coming from ambulatory mental health care (both psychology and psychiatry), neurology, primary care, the Polytrauma Clinic associated with Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom, medicine, inpatient psychiatry, and neurosurgery. The clinic completes assessments on patients with brain injuries, suspected dementia, and a number of other CNS pathologies affecting neurocognitive functioning.

The Clinical Neuropsychology Service is well equipped with a broad assortment of assessment instruments.  The most commonly used instruments include the WAIS-IV, WASI-II, WMS-III/IV, portions of the Halstead-Reitan Battery, Wisconsin Card Sorting Test, RBANS, Dementia Rating Scale, MMPI-2, and an assortment of measures assessing effort/motivation.  A personal computer is available in the laboratory for use in administering and/or scoring some assessment instruments as well as for writing reports.

Residents can expect to be involved in completing the clinical and collateral interviews, test administration and scoring, integrative report writing, consultation, patient feedback, treatment planning, and brief supportive therapy involving adjustment to disability and/or cognitive rehabilitation.