The Duke Clinical Neuropsychology Service (CNS) provides comprehensive cognitive assessments to adult patients with known or suspected central nervous system injury or illness. Comprehensive cognitive testing assists in differential diagnosis, characterization of cognitive and functional status, longitudinal tracking, and treatment planning in patients with cognitive loss. Such concerns may be evident in memory disorders (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment, cerebrovascular conditions), movement disorders (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, Lewy Body disease, multiple sclerosis), neurological events (e.g., stroke, ruptured aneurysm), atypical neurological conditions (e.g., viral or metabolic encephalopathy), sustained injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury, anoxic injury), and psychiatric conditions (e.g., depression, bipolar disease).

I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to truly get to know each patient and provide assistance to them and those involved in their care. It is always my goal to help patients enjoy the best possible quality of life by providing an understanding of their abilities and tailor recommendations to help combat any areas of weakness.

 --Jill Stuart, PhD, neuropsychologist

Clinical services include comprehensive assessment and therapeutic intervention targeted at coping and compensating for cognitive symptoms in neurological patients. The CNS offers nationally recognized clinical training programs for pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows. The faculty also participate in ongoing scholarly projects, with clinical research projects investigating the natural course of neurological illnesses, prediction of outcomes and trajectories, functional impact of illness, and effectiveness of treatment.