The UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute’s neuropsychology service was created to provide neuropsychological assessments of adolescents and adults with various neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions. Their patients include young adults with sports-related head injuries, injured veterans, auto accident victims and dementia patients.
Neuropsychological assessments include those for memory, attention and concentration, and reaction time, using standardized assessment instruments.
While neither Jennifer Gess, Ph.D., nor Jennifer Kleiner, Ph.D., provide treatments, they can diagnose the types and stages of dementia, the expected course of the disease and provide treatment recommendations. Their assessments also determine the level of care a person may require in future months and years and whether treatment options, such as surgery, are safe.
Kleiner joined the UAMS faculty in July 2006 and Gess came to UAMS in November 2007. Both are assistant professors of psychiatry.
Kleiner received her doctorate in psychology from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She completed a clinical internship at the New Orleans VA Medical Center with a subspecialty in neuropsychology. She completed her neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship at the New Orleans Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Tulane Cancer Center at Tulane University.
Before joining UAMS, Gess was on the faculty at Emory University Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in Atlanta. She received her doctorate in neuropsychology from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She completed a clinical internship in neuropsychology at University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, and a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology from Emory University.
For more information about the neuropsychology service, call 501-526-8200.