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Sarah J. Banks, PhD, is the head of the neuropsychology program at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is also Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Banks earned her PhD in clinical psychology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in 2007, graduating from the neuropsychology track. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Chicago, and went on to do a postdoctoral fellowship at the Montreal Neurological Institute.
Dr. Banks’ clinical practice involves characterizing patients’ cognitive profile, and integrating this information with medical and psychological factors to help with diagnosis and in suggesting appropriate interventions. She assesses patients with disorders including dementia, multiple sclerosis and movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, as well as other neurological conditions. Dr. Banks is also actively involved in training, supervising clinical psychology practicum students from Univeristy of Nevada Las Vegas. She has a particular interest in early onset dementias, including the frontotemporal dementias, working closely with Gabriel Leger, MD, in providing diagnostic care for these patients.
Her research interests include neurodegenerative disease with an emphasis on neuropsychiatric symptoms and lack of awareness of symptoms. She has particular interest in neuroimaging, and uses structural and functional MRI to investigate cognition and emotion. Her work has been published in numerous scientific journals and has been recognized with various prizes, fellowships and grant funding.
Dementia, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, Parkinson’s disease
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