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Dr. Karim Z. Yamout's Profile

Dr. Karim YamoutDr. Yamout is a Licensed Psychologist who is Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He specializes in neuropsychological assessment of the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes that accompany neurological problems. His primary focus is working with individuals experiencing memory and other kinds of cognitive decline due to aging, stroke, traumatic brain injury, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger’s Syndrome, and other conditions that affect the brain. Dr. Yamout also specializes in neuropsychological evaluations of neurosurgery candidates (e.g., Deep Brain Stimulation). Dr. Yamout’s is consulted by physicians, insurance companies, attorneys, and courts to conduct psychological and neuropsychological evaluations. Being bilingual, Dr. Yamout is the first Arabic speaking board certified neuropsychologist and is able to conduct neuropsychological evaluations in Arabic.

Brain changes can worsen memory and thinking abilities, affect self-control and behavior, and lead to emotional difficulties. A neuropsychological evaluation can address all those changes, and Dr. Yamout's approach is to view his patients holistically. As such, he strives to develop a complete understanding of his patients based on a thorough review of their background, medical history, individual needs, and environment. He also brings to his evaluations experience in working with multi-specialty teams that have included family physicians, internists, neurologists, psychiatrists, surgeons, and other healthcare workers. He believes in a collaborative approach to healthcare that is rooted in the principles of ethics, compassion, and science.

Dr. Yamout’s background in neuropsychology is comprehensive. Before joining Carter Psychology Center, he completed graduate training at the Shepherd Center brain injury rehabilitation center and later at the Emory University Cognitive Neurology Clinic, both in Atlanta, GA. He completed his internship at the Kansas University School of Medicine’s Neuropsychology Service in Wichita, KS and this included rotations on the outpatient clinic as well as the inpatient Epilepsy unit, inpatient Geriatric Mental Health unit, and the general medicine units at Via Christi Hospital system in Wichita, KS.


 

Dr. Yamout then completed a 2-year postdoctoral residency in Neuropsychology at the University of California in Davis Medical Center, Department of Neurology/Alzheimer’s Disease Center. There he also completed rotations at the Veteran’s Administration’s Medical Center in Martinez, CA and the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department of the UC Davis Medical Center.

Dr. Yamout also carries a deep interest in research. His early research career started in a study funded by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Lebanon. He was a primary member of the team commissioned to conduct the study and use the results to inform and develop government-wide strategies to curb drug use in Lebanon. He was involved in implementing the study as well as the government focus groups where the study results were discussed and plans developed. The project is now archived through the United Nations (www.unodc.org/pdf/egypt/rsa_report_lebanon_2003.pdf) and remains the empirical basis for government policy on drugs in Lebanon. He has also co-authored a peer-reviewed journal publication on the results (lebanesemedicaljournal.org/articles/58-2/original3.pdf).

Dr. Yamout’s research interests have since shifted to neuropsychology and he has been active in a number of projects on health, aging, and cognition as well as on personality and epilepsy. He has published a study about the relationship between sleep apnea and cognition in seniors (click here) and presented other research projects at national conferences in neuropsychology and neurology. At present, he continues to focus on turning his research studies into articles for peer-reviewed scientific journal publications. Thanks to his passion and commitment to research, Dr. Yamout brings an empirically-informed approach to his clinical work with clients.