Dr. Benjamin is a clinical neuropsychologist who evaluates adults with a range of neurological disorders. Clinical neuropsychologists are psychologists who specialize in understanding the relationship between the brain and different thinking skills. They can help understand your cognitive skills, and help your doctor use this information for clinical care and diagnosis. A typical assessment at Yale lasts four to six hours, and involves reviewing your medical history together then completing questions and tasks using pencils and paper (or a computer) in the office.
Within Yale's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, patients with epilepsy are routinely seen as part of their standard care. The results of the assessment can help the team understand where seizures may be occurring in the brain, and clarify the possible risks and benefits of different forms of treatment, including surgery. After neuropsychological assessment and other relevant assessments, such as MRI and PET imaging, are completed, the epilepsy team meet as a group to review all the findings. Your neurologist or another of your clinicians will meet with you to discuss all your results and help you evaluate your treatment options.
As Assistant Professor of both neurology and neurosurgery, Dr. Benjamin is also an active researcher within Yale’s Clinical Neurosciences Imaging Center. He has been recognized as one of Yale’s Junior Faculty Scholars and by the American Academy of Neurology, and his work focuses on the use of MRI and cognitive testing to treat and better understand epilepsy and brain tumors.