Casey Sarapas, Ph.D.

Clinical Neuropsychologist

About Dr. Sarapas

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and a staff neuropsychologist at Mount Auburn Hospital. I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed clinical training at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, the Baltimore VA Medical Center, Cambridge Health Alliance, and Harvard Medical School. In addition to my clinical work, I am a researcher with over 25 peer-reviewed articles on neuropsychology, brain functioning, and emotional disorders. My CV is available here.

As a neuropsychologist, I work with clients to better understand their thinking abilities and how to translate these into success in work, school, and other areas of life. My goal is to provide not just an understanding of “what’s wrong,” but just as importantly, “what’s next.” Clients and families leave my office with concrete, achievable steps to meet their unique goals and improve quality of life.

Assessment Services

I have expertise serving adults with concerns in several areas.

Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer's disease

Neuropsychological assessment can distinguish between early stages of dementia, normal aging, and other conditions such as depression. If dementia is present, assessment can clarify areas where more support is needed, which treatments may be most helpful, and whether memory and thinking problems are likely to worsen in the future. I provide clients and their families detailed recommendations for preserving the client's dignity and quality of life while ensuring safety and health. I am available for additional follow-up meetings with clients and families to help adjust to a diagnosis, improve communication, and plan for the future.

Learning Disabilities

I work with college and graduate students to better understand problems with learning, including learning disabilities and ADHD. My goals for these assessments are to offer both support and empowerment. Based on the client's test results, I recommend appropriate accommodations for school and standardized tests (e.g., GRE, MCAT, or LSAT). I also recommend tools, resources, and strategies that the client can use to maximize their attention, learning, and productivity.

Medical and Mental Health Conditions

Thinking abilities can be affected by many health conditions, ranging from from traumatic brain injury, stroke, and diabetes to depression and PTSD. In addition to identifying these thinking difficulties, neuropsychological assessment can point to treatments and strategies to improve thinking and overall quality of life, based on each client's unique weaknesses and strengths.

Psychological and Personality Testing

Psychological assessment focuses on understanding clients' unique ways of seeing the world, connecting with other people, coping with adversity, and pursuing their values. For clients in psychotherapy, assessment can bring treatment goals into sharper focus, suggest treatment approaches most likely to be helpful, and help identify and avoid potential roadblocks.

What to Expect

Neuropsychological assessment starts with a detailed interview to better understand you, your background, and your concerns. We will then work to test different thinking abilities, such as attention, learning, memory, language, visual skills, reasoning, and problem-solving. Depending on the assessment question, tests of emotional functioning, personality, or social skills may also be given. The tests are done with pencil and paper or on the computer. When testing is finished, we will discuss the results and tailored recommendations for addressing areas of difficulty in your life and better meeting your goals. Results and recommendations are summarized in a written report, which can be shared with other healthcare providers with your permission. The assessment and feedback usually take place across three appointments.

I am an in-network provider for Medicare and all Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, including Medicare Advantage plans. I am happy to complete reimbursement paperwork as an out-of-network provider for other insurance plans.

Contact

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    Casey Sarapas, Ph.D.
    Mount Auburn Hospital
    Clark One
    330 Mount Auburn Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138