Sandra Weintraub, PhD
Chair of Neuropsychologyy
Neuropsychology is a sub-field of clinical psychology that specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients with neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions, as well as other cognitive and learning disorders. Neuropsychologists use advanced training in brain-behavior relationships and state-of-the-art assessment methodologies to help patients and their treating clinicians understand how brain dysfunction affects their cognition, emotions, behavior and daily functioning. Our team of neuropsychologists provides outpatient and inpatient services. The outpatient neuropsychology clinic provides expert diagnostic services to patients whose cognitive abilities have been affected by psychiatric, neurological or medical conditions. The inpatient consultation-liaison neuropsychology service works with primary care teams at Northwestern Memorial and Prentice hospitals to address various referral questions, including decision-making capacity and neurocognitive disorders related to systemic, cardiovascular, hepatic, renal, neurologic and neurodegenerative etiologies.
Sandra Weintraub, PhD
We offer training opportunities to clinical psychology doctoral students, interns and postdoctoral fellows interested in adult neuropsychology. Through our affiliated clinical care sites, trainees gain skills in the neuropsychological assessment of referred adult inpatients and outpatients with a broad range of neuropathological conditions, including:
- Psychiatric disorders
- Traumatic brain injury and post-concussive syndromes
- Seizure disorders
- Brain tumors
- Autoimmune disorders
- Cerebrovascular disorders
- Metabolic disorders
Trainees receive supervised experience in test selection, administration and interpretation, report writing and communication of neuropsychological findings to referring providers as well as patients and family members.
Research conducted by the faculty within our specialty includes use of neuropsychological and clinical neuroscience methods, including functional and structural neuroimaging, to evaluate disturbances in neurocognitive functioning among individuals with or at risk for major psychiatric or neurologic disorders and to assess cognitive outcomes of standard and novel medical and pharmacological interventions.
Our faculty members provide care through affiliate care sites. They provide clinical support to all medical disciplines in the diagnosis and treatment of medically complex patients with cognitive impairment. Learn more about available services via the Patient Care section.