Emily Sharp, PhD, is a neuropsychologist at Yale Medicine with a specialty in memory disorders and Parkinson’s disease.
As a neuropsychologist, Dr. Sharp conducts tests on patients’ brains and brain functions, which help neurologists make decisions about diagnosis and treatments.
“Neuropsychological testing allows us to see how a patient is doing within each domain of thinking, like memory, language, and attention. And those domains of thinking tend to correlate with different disorders. That can help the neurologist or referring provider better understand what’s going on,” she says.
Dr. Sharp often spends several hours with patients and conducts thorough tests of all their cognitive functions. All this information is then compiled into a detailed report with recommendations for the referring physician.
Dr. Sharp completed her PhD at University of Southern California before finishing a fellowship in Boston that studied centenarians and their memories. Soon after, she joined Yale Medicine.
In addition to seeing patients, Dr. Sharp conducts research on the relationship between cognitive engagement and cognitive decline with specific interest in interventions designed to delay and reduce cognitive impairment.