Assessment of Cognitive Readiness and Advances in Rehabilitation Techniques for Return to Work Following Traumatic Brain Injury

July 13, 2022
12:00 pm -1:30 PM ET 
1.5 CE Credits           

Presented by: 
Jason M. Bailie, Ph.D.
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton
Camp Pendleton, California

Acquired brain injury (ABI) such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) may compromise an individual’s ability to complete their jobs safely. This is critical for certain occupational specialties such as war fighters, aviators, health care, and law enforcement. Individuals in these professions need to be able to perform their duties in complex and dynamic environments and mistakes can impact the lives and safety of themselves and others. ABI can impact their ability to pay attention, think quickly, problem solve, and reason, as well as their overall mental stamina. It is vital that there are proper assessment and rehabilitation practices for those who deal with dangerous material (e.g., explosives), work in extremely volatile environments (e.g., special operation forces), and operate large people transporters (e.g., flight crew and aviators), as well as those in certain leadership roles. Clinicians must consider if any impairments in cognition impact the patient’s cognitive readiness for their specific duties. Traditionally, testing and rehabilitation of cognition in these high-risk occupations has focused on identification of deficits and disability based on civilian models without specific consideration of the advanced and specific cognitive skills needed. This workshop will focus on the cognitive skills required in these high-risk occupations and the cognitive assessments currently used to determine readiness to return to work in specific areas such as the military. The strengths and weaknesses of these standards will be discussed as well as review of the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation. Results of novel clinical trials for rehabilitation will also be reviewed that may improve our treatment outcomes.

After the webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the cognitive demands of high-risk occupations (e.g., war fighters and aviators) that are necessary for determining cognitive readiness for return to work after acquired brain injury
2. Identify current trends and professional standards in cognitive assessment and rehabilitation of war fighters and aviators
3. Explain the efficacy of cognitive rehabilitation in these populations as well as the novel approaches that are used to optimize a patient's ability to return to work while maintaining public safety

Target Audience:  Clinical Neuropsychologists 
Instructional Level:  Intermediate-Advanced 

Dr. Bailie
is a neuropsychologist and the Senior Clinical Research Director supporting the Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence (TBICoE) with the Department of Defense at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. Dr. Bailie has worked extensively with military personnel, including Marines, Special Forces, as well as aviators. He serves as a subject matter expert on the cognitive and psychological effects of military related brain injury, with specific focus on determining cognitive readiness to ensure service members and aviators are safe to resume high-risk duties.  He is well versed in the development of novel interventions to facilitate their recovery. Dr. Bailie has published extensively in these areas, received multiple federally funded clinical trials grants, and has served on both military and civilian focused organizations related to brain injury and human performance. 

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Performance Validity Tests Part II: Advanced Clinical Topics and Empirical Findings 

August 30, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET 
1.5 CE Credits

Presented by: 
Jason R. Soble, Ph.D., ABPP
Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology
Training Director: Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship Program
Fellow: American Psychological Association (Division 40)
University of Illinois College of Medicine

This webinar will broadly cover several current advanced topics related to the use of performance validity tests (PVTs) in neuropsychological practice. Specific topic areas will include psychometric and interpretive considerations based on the clinical setting and the presence/absence of external incentive; consequences of the type and number of PVT fails for invalidity detection; the importance of having accurate invalidity base rate information when selecting and interpreting PVTs in clinical practice (as well as when cross-validating PVTs in research); and potential effect(s) of demographic factors on PVT performance. The webinar will conclude by identifying several key areas that should remain a focus of future PVT research.      

After the webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss limitations associated with the external incentive presence/absence dichotomy as related to performance validity test (PVT) interpretation and invalidity detection. 
2. Review key clinical, demographic, and psychometric factors that should inform evidence-based PVT selection and interpretation practices.
3. Describe how base rates of invalidity differ in various examinee populations can influence the accuracy of PVTs.
4. Identify key future directions for PVT research and downstream implications for clinical practice 

Target Audience:  Clinical Neuropsychologists 
Instructional Level:  Intermediate-Advanced 

Dr. Soble is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. He also is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and a Fellow of the American Psychological Society (Division 40: Society for Clinical Neuropsychology). He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed a 1-year Clinical Psychology Internship and 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, FL. While on Fellowship, he also trained at the University of South Florida/Tampa General Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Program. Prior to joining the faculty at UIC, he was a VA Staff Neuropsychologist at the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System in San Antonio, TX. His clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment of adults with dementia, complex neurological/neuropsychiatric disorders, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) (TBI)/concussion, as well as personality assessment and working with veteran/active-duty military populations. His research broadly investigates the psychometric/diagnostic properties and clinical utility of neuropsychological tests (e.g., performance validity tests), as well as neuropsychological sequalae associated with various psychiatric (e.g., ADHD) and neurological disorders (e.g., electrical shock injury; TBI; cerebrovascular disease).

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