Coalescence of psychiatry, neurology, and neuropsychology: From theory to practice

Miles G. Cunningham, Martin Goldstein, David Katz, Sarah Quimby O'Neil, Anthony Joseph, Bruce Price

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In a climate of renewed interest in the synergy between neurology and psychiatry, practitioners are increasingly recognizing the importance of exchange and collaboration between these two disciplines. However, there are few working models of interdisciplinary teams that freely share expertise in real time, while providing clinical and academic training to future physicians who specialize in the central nervous system. Over the past 11 years, the McLean Hospital Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology service has provided proof-of-principle for such collaboration, demonstrating that a team comprising psychiatrists, neurologists, and neuropsychologists can function effectively as a unit while maintaining the autonomy of these three disciplines and also synthesizing their combined knowledge. In addition to delivering enhanced patient care and promoting medical research, this clinical service has provided enriched cross-specialty training for fellows, residents, and medical students. The practical functioning of the team is described, and case vignettes are presented to illustrate the team's collaborative synergism in practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-140
Number of pages14
JournalHarvard Review of Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2006


  • Collaboration
  • Cross-training
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Neurology
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Psychiatry


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