Dr. Curran is a registered clinical neuropsychologist and clinical psychologist whose primary focus is neuropsychological assessment and diagnosis of cognitive functioning and impairment in adults and seniors. She received her doctoral degree from York University, and attended Queen’s University for both psychology and rehabilitation medicine.
With more than a decade of experience in hospital and rehab settings, Dr. Curran has provided neuropsychological assessment and diagnoses to individuals presenting with memory complaints, changes in cognitive functioning, psychiatric and medical issues. She has worked across several different hospital units including the Outpatient Neuropsychology Clinic, Inpatient and Outpatient Psychiatry, and medical units (ICU, CCU, Transitional Units, Rehab, General Medicine, and Palliative Care).
Dr. Curran has extensive experience assessing and diagnosing dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia, Frontal Temporal Lobe Dementia, vascular dementia, etc. She also assesses cognitive impairment and diagnoses psychoses and dementia arising from medical illnesses including Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s Disease, stroke, cardiac events, and encephalitis, as well as drug and alcohol-related changes in cognition.
In addition, Dr. Curran assesses psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety, which can also present with changes to cognitive functions. Accurate diagnosis of reversible cognitive impairment is essential to effective treatment interventions.
Dr. Curran is a strong advocate of comprehensive neuropsychological baseline testing for healthy adults and seniors. The purpose of such testing is to document an individual’s strengths, weaknesses and patterns of cognitive functioning when healthy. This will provide a comprehensive basis for comparison should any changes in cognition occur in the future. Such testing results are imperative for both accurate diagnosis and exacting treatment intervention for both dementia and other pathological changes in functioning during the aging process.
Dr. Curran also provides evidence-based treatment to adults and seniors. This includes helping individuals and families cope with a diagnosis of dementia, behavioural interventions for dementia, and helping individuals manage depression, anxiety, chronic illness, and end of life issues.