Neuropsychiatry Program

Director and Stulman Scholar in Clinical Neuropsychiatry: Vassilis Koliatsos, M.D.

Phone: 410-938-4981

The Neuropsychiatry Program, founded in 1997 by Vassilis Koliatsos, M.D., offers a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and treatment of patients with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, age-associated cognitive impairments, and related mental health problems, and includes the General Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology Clinic, the Concussion Clinic, and the Memory Clinic.

Neuropsychiatry is a subspecialty of medicine that focuses on the relationship between neurological disorders (neurology) and mental disorders (psychiatry). Our lead clinicians are subspecialty-trained in both behavioral neurology/neuropsychiatry and psychiatry, and treat a wide variety of patients with disorders of the nervous system (brain injury or disease) who also have psychiatric problems.

We are an outpatient program that assesses and treats patients with psychiatric and cognitive symptoms related to any of the following conditions:

  • Autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions 
  • Traumatic and other acquired brain injuries, recent and chronic, mild and severe
  • Neurodegenerative and vascular dementias including Alzheimer’s disease, atherosclerosis, frontotemporal degeneration, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and related conditions
  • Demyelinating diseases
  • Epilepsy
  • Schizophrenia
  • Complex mood and psychotic disorders

Our program includes the following specialized clinics:

The General Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology Clinic

Led by Vassilis Koliatsos, M.D., the General Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology Clinic serves patients with brain injury primarily due to trauma, but also due to anoxia-ischemia, stroke, and all other forms of acquired brain injury. Dr. Koliatsos also treats complex neuropsychiatric patients with neurodegenerative conditions.

The clinic serves as a consultation resource for various medical specialists, including psychiatrists, neurologists, and other mental health providers. Time is set aside for consultations with relatively brief wait times. A neuropsychiatric nurse coordinator, Paula Notarangelo, R.N., assists Dr. Koliatsos with evaluation, management, and follow up.

As part of our training and education services, we have actively partnered with Sheppard Pratt/University of Maryland Residency Training Program to provide clinical instruction to residents and medical students since the program was established in 1997.

The Concussion Clinic

Led by Margo Lauterbach, M.D., The Concussion Clinic offers a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and treatment of patients with mild brain injury-related neuropsychiatric symptoms. Our mission is to identify, evaluate, and treat individuals and their families who have been impacted by concussion and its neuropsychiatric consequences. We work with individuals who have sustained a concussion, or multiple concussions, in the context of a sports injury, car accident, fall, or other similar event.

The Memory Clinic

Led by Crystal Watkins, M.D., The Memory Clinic provides a comprehensive assessment and treatment approach for patients experiencing difficulties related to memory loss. We work with individuals who have recently started experiencing mild memory problems, as well as those who have memory loss and/or confusion related to medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and those suffering from dementia, including dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease, stroke/cerebrovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lewy Body disease, and frontotemporal degeneration.

Please visit The Neuropsychiatry Program website to learn more about our program, the treatment team, and our services.