Richard Edelson, Ph.D., ABN
Dr. Edelson graduated with High Honors and High Distinction from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He earned a BA in Psychology, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Edelson has a M.Ed. in Special Education from Illinois State University, with a focus in Mental Retardation, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois. He completed a clinical internship at the VA Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, where he trained under the guidance of Muriel Lezak, Ph.D. Dr. Edelson then worked at the VA Medical Center in Louisville as a Medical and Neuropsychologist, until beginning full-time private practice in 1980. He has been a Diplomate and Fellow of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology since 1991, and is one of only four Board-Certified Neuropsychologists in Kentucky. Graduate students from the University of Louisville and Spalding University were trained in Neuropsychology by him and his staff for many years. Dr. Edelson is currently on the faculty of the Neurosurgery Department of the University of Louisville. He testifies as a Medical Expert for the Social Security Administration, is on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Association, and has privileges at most hospitals in the area, including Baptist Hospital East, where he is a member of the treatment team of the Rehabilitation Unit.
Clinically, Dr. Edelson specializes in assessment of brain illness and injury. Common diagnostic issues include Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, and Stroke. He has evaluated patients with chronic pain and work-related injuries for most of his career. The other psychologists in the practice meet with him regularly for consultation on cases and discussion of new clinical information.
Equally important is work in the forensic (legal) area. Because neuropsychological testing is the only accurate way to identify cognitive dysfunction, Dr. Edelson lectures and testifies on issues involving brain damage, and its causes and effects. Included in areas of assessment and discussion in reports are extent of cognitive damage, emotional consequences of injuries (such as anxiety, depression, or PTSD), prognosis for recovery, potential to return to work, and ratings for disability purposes (short-term, long-term, or Social Security). Services provided include record review, case consultation regarding opinions of other professionals, complete neuropsychological assessment, and referral to various specialists. Both children and adults are seen. Because the results are based on standardized and normed measures, and are therefore objective in nature, evaluations are requested by both plaintiff’s and defense attorneys.