Neuropsychologists and Concussion Care Services in Charlotte, NC
If you are an attorney who is interested in obtaining an evaluation for your adult client who you believe may have experienced traumatic brain injury, you have a number of referral sources in Charlotte to assist you in locating a Charlotte neuropsychologist or other brain injury specialist.
As a transplant to the Charlotte area I recently researched neuropsychologists who provide independent forensic neuropsychological evaluations for concussion and other more severe forms of TBI.
There are several clinical neuropsychologists in the area. Their names are listed at the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology website, which I have listed here so that you can locate a Charlotte neuropsychologist: https://www.theaacn.org/findboardcertifiedcn.aspx?type=z&search=charlotte,%20nc&radius=25
In particular, I have provided the directory of board certified neuropsychologists who are boarded by the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, due to rigorous peer review standards for membership in this organization. You may need to inquire about whether these individuals accept forensic cases, as some neuropsychologists only provide assessment for clinical and not forensic purposes. Several Charlotte neuropsychologists appear to provide independent forensic neuropsychological evaluations. Forensic neuropsychology applies the science of neuropsychology to matters that pertain to legal decision-making and provide the judge and jury with information regarding brain-behavior relationships and impact on day to day functioning after brain injury.
Likewise, if you are interested in referring your client for clinical treatment services, several options are available. For treatment services, patients frequently benefit from multidisciplinary care, particularly if this is a more severe brain injury where lasting residual is suspected. Two such centers which appear to provide multidisciplinary care (rehabilitation) include those at Carolinas Medical Center (http://www.carolinashealthcare.org/rehabilitation-inpatient-brain-injury), and The Rehab Center of Charlotte (http://www.therehabcenter.com/index.html).
For concussion care, Carolinas Medical Center also offers a concussion care program, and their website is available at: http://www.carolinashealthcare.org/rehabilitation-outpatient-carolinas-concussion-network
Another resource that appeared particularly beneficial was the resource book included on the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina’s website. Not only does this include lists of Charlotte neuropsychologists, including forensic neuropsychologist experts, throughout the state of North Carolina, you can also search for professionals serving people with brain injuries. This valuable guide is available at: http://www.bianc.net/resource-book. If you continue to have difficulty finding a forensic neuropsychologist or brain injury clinician who is available to provide services, you might also check with the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina (http://www.bianc.net). You could potentially check with the NC Department of Health and Human Services as well, which has a TBI coordinator who is familiar with referral sources in NC (http://www.ncdhhs.gov/mhddsas/services/TBI/). This page lists state brain injury resource centers, and there is contact info for a center listed in Charlotte.
I have not personally found referral sites such as http://www.jurispro.com to be helpful referral sources. Practitioners can pay to be listed on these websites but there is little in the way of peer review/gatekeeping functions regulating these listings. If selecting individuals from websites such as this, always use one of the mottos common in military circles: “Trust but Verify.” Verify with the state licensure board (for example, Board of Psychology) that the individual has an active license without any disciplinary action.
Compared to other cities of its size, Charlotte appears to have a small community of brain injury subject matter experts including neuropsychologists. Nonetheless, you can find a qualified Charlotte neuropsychologist or other brain injury professional both affiliated with larger medical groups and in private practice. Please note that this blog post does not represent or imply endorsement of any one individual or group.
About the author. Dr. Messler is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and licensed psychologist who has provided thousands of evaluations where the question of traumatic brain injury was raised. She has also served as expert consultant and witness. She believes it is critical to provide an objective, scientifically defensible opinion, and to help the jury and court understand the implications of the neuropsychological aspects of cases before them.