Neuropsychiatry Program

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

Phone: 410-938-4981

The Neuropsychiatry Program 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, The Memory Clinic, and The Developmental Neuropsychiatry 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) that also have psychiatric problems.

Our program, founded in 1997 by Vassilis Koliatsos, M.D., provides specialized care in an outpatient setting to assess and treat 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 team uses a neuropsychosocial approach in working with patients, families, and caregivers to help ensure that patients have optimal functionality to heal and recover.

The General Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology Clinic

Led by Vassilis Koliatsos, M.D., The General Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology Clinic serves patients with acquired brain injury primarily due to trauma but also anoxia-ischemia and stroke, patients with neurodegenerative conditions, and patients with complex neuropsychiatric presentations of various or mixed etiologies. The General Neuropsychiatry Clinic is the teaching site for the clinical neuropsychiatry rotation of University of Maryland-Sheppard Pratt residents in Psychiatry.

In addition to routine patient care, Dr. Koliatsos provides neuropsychiatric consultations on patients referred to the program by psychiatrists, neurologists, and other practitioners in the broader region, and is actively involved in inpatient consultations at Sheppard Pratt Health System. For patient scheduling and other clinical questions please contact our neuropsychiatric nurse coordinator, Paula Notarangelo, R.N., for more information.

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., Ph.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.

The Developmental Neuropsychiatry Clinic

Led by Robert Wisner-Carlson, M.D., The Developmental Neuropsychiatry Clinic offers specialty psychiatric and neuropsychiatric care for adults with intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and genetic conditions who are also experiencing behavioral and/or neuropsychiatric problems. The clinic offers comprehensive evaluation services, one-time consultations, and, when appropriate, ongoing neuropsychiatric care, including a clinic for young adults with ASD transitioning to adulthood.

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