Division of Neuropsychiatry

The mission of the Division of Neuropsychiatry is to:

  • Provide the highest level of evidenced based care for patients with conditions that lie at the interface psychiatry and neurology
  • Extend Neuropsychiatric consultation to the Institute of Living & Hartford Hospital in both inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Enhance provider education for colleagues within the IOL/HH, the greater community, and beyond
  • Establish clinical/research collaborations with other departments within Hartford Hospital
  • Further clinical/research efforts towards detecting early-onset neurodegenerative disorders and autoimmune causes of psychiatric illness
  • Provide rich educational opportunities for medical students, residents, and fellows in multiple clinical settings

The Division of Neuropsychiatry at the Institute of Living/Harford Hospital is part of the Department of Psychiatry. The Neuropsychiatry consultation service provides assessments throughout the Hartford Hospital system in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

About Neuropsychiatry

Neuropsychiatrists have expertise in the management of patients with neurologically based behavioral disturbances. They specialize in the evaluation, differential diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with complex conditions that lie at the interface of neurology and psychiatry.

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Division of Neuropsychiatry Education and Training

The division offers a 4-week specialized Neuropsychiatry elective for 2nd and 4th year residents at the Institute of Living and 4th year medical students at University of Connecticut. Additionally, research electives are also offered.

Neuropsychiatry Elective

Course Director: Bharat R. Narapareddy, MD

Duration: 4 weeks

Goals: To develop the relevant clinical skills needed to assess and manage patients with neurologically based cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems. Areas of focus will include the following: cranial nerve exam, Parkinson’s disease exam, reviewing neuroimaging including Brain MRI, Head CT, and FDG- PET, interpreting neuropsychological testing results and correlating those findings with neuroimaging. Finally, an emphasis will be placed on learning to take an in-depth interview for patients with suspected neurodegenerative disorders. Reading assignments will focus on the most evidenced based literature in neuropsychiatry and related topics. The elective will provide the trainee with the critical skills needed to conduct clinical research in Neuropsychiatry. Pursuing research projects will be encouraged. Mentorship will be available for residents interested in writing/presenting case reports.

Clinical Setting: Inpatient unit D3N, Neuropsychiatry outpatient clinic (Gengras RM:104), C/L Neuropsychiatry Consultations at Hartford Hospital, and Sports Neurology consultations.

Overview:
Week 1: Dementia: Alzheimer’s Disease, Vascular Dementia, FTD, Lewy Body Dementia, CJD.
Week 2: Parkinson’s Disease, Drug induced Parkinsonism, Mastering the movement disorder exam, Parkinson’s Plus syndromes, Huntington’s Disease
Week 3: Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, Anoxic Brain Injury, Epilepsy
Week 4: Functional Neurological Disorders, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropsychiatry Research

American Neuropsychiatric Association Conference 2023

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Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions does a Neuropsychiatrist evaluate?
Alzheimer’s Disease, Fronto-temporal Dementia (FTD), Vascular Dementia, Lewy Body Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease/Parkinson’s Plus syndromes, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntingdon’s Disease, and Traumatic Brain Injury/Acquired Brain Injury.

What does a Neuropsychiatric Consultation consist of?
An outpatient consultation typically takes between 1 hour and 30 minutes- 2 hours. The evaluation will consist of a review of prior records including labs, CSF studies, neuroimaging (MRI, CT, FDG-PET, DAT scan etc.) which will occur prior to the appointment, a detailed history, cognitive examination, and neuro exam.

Patient Referrals

The referring provider must fax a consultation request to our Gengras office at 860.545.7764 with a specific consult question in mind. Our clinic provides one-time consultations; therefore, the patient must have a referring physician who we can send our recommendations back to.