Neuropsychology in Sports-Related Concussion

Thursday, May 18, 2017
12:00pm – 1:30pm Eastern time
1.5 CE Credits

Presented by:
Peter Arnett, Ph.D.
Professor & Director
Neuropsychology of Sports Concussion & MS Programs
Penn State University

In this webinar, some current issues in the neuropsychology of sports-related concussion will be reviewed. You will gain a greater understanding of the neuropsychologist’s role in the sports-concussion framework. The importance of measuring depression in the sports-concussion context, of the complexities involved in measuring it, and baseline risk factors for depression will be reviewed. Furthermore, you will learn how cognitive variability at baseline may serve as a risk factor for cognitive decline post-concussion. You will also develop a framework for assessing cognitive functioning post-concussion when no baseline is available. Additionally, exciting new research on genetic risk factors for outcome in sports-concussion will be presented. Finally, some discussion questions will be provided for consideration.

 After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the key roles of neuropsychology in sports concussion management. 
  2. Identify the impact of motivation on the assessment of neurocognitive functioning in sports concussion.
  3. Describe what predicts depression in sports concussion and explain how it can be measured.   
  4. Develop a framework for assessing cognitive functioning post-concussion, even when no baseline evaluation data is available. 
  5. Analyze how pre-morbid and injury-related factors, including genetic variables such as APOE E4, predict post-concussion symptoms. 

Target Audience: Neuropsychologists and other health care professionals involved, or interested in becoming involved, in the management of sports-related concussion who want to understand more about the complexities of measuring cognitive dysfunction and depression in concussed athletes and to learn key factors predicting outcomes in sports concussion that can help guide them in their care and understanding of their athletes.

Instructional Level: Intermediate

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Peter Arnett, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin under the direction of Drs. Stephen Rao and Thomas Hammeke. He is currently a Psychology Professor and Director of the Neuropsychology of Sports-Related Concussion and Neuropsychology of MS programs at Penn State University. Dr. Arnett’s research has focused on clinical neuropsychology, with an emphasis on studying secondary influences on cognitive functioning in persons with mild traumatic brain injury/sports concussion and multiple sclerosis (MS).  He is a fellow of NAN, past winner of NAN’s Nelson Butters Award for Research Contributions to Clinical Neuropsychology, current editor of the NAN Bulletin, was Program Co-Chair for the 2010 Mid-Year Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), and is a past board member of INS.  Dr. Arnett is the author of over 130 research articles and book chapters, has given many national and international talks on sports concussion and MS, and has edited a book entitled, Secondary Influences on Neuropsychological Test Performance. He is currently editing another book entitled, Neuropsychological Perspectives on Sports-Related Concussion that will be published by APA and appear in print in early 2018.  He is an editorial board member of several journals, and has received grant funding from the National MS Society, NIH, and NIMH.

Ethical Considerations in Cultural Neuropsychology: What Every Practitioner Needs to Know

Thursday, June 15, 2017
1:00pm – 2:30pm Eastern time
1.5 CE Credits

Presented by:
April D. Thames, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor-in-Residence | Wilder Scholar in Neuropsychology
Director, Social Neuroscience in Health Psychology (SNIHP) Lab
Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
University of California Los Angeles

This course is designed to provide an overview of ethical principles and conduct that are tailored to the specialty practice of cultural neuropsychology. Participants will gain knowledge of the key ethical issues/dilemmas that are likely to emerge in the professional practice of neuropsychology when working with diverse populations. Culturally diverse populations will include those with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) as well as those from educationally and socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. This course will provide participants with an opportunity to enhance their own professional competency by developing problem-solving skills which reflect the application of ethics.  Practical examples of dilemmas and solutions will be discussed to aid practitioners in performing culturally informed neuropsychological evaluations.

 After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. List the legal and ethical principles that govern professional practice in the specialty of cultural neuropsychology.
  2. Explain how to apply these ethical principles to relevant legislation and codes of professional conduct concerning such issues as confidentiality, informed consent, freedom of information, and intra- and inter-professional relationships and responsibilities.
  3. Summarize the key intercultural and ethnic issues that impact neuropsychological practice.
  4. Identify and describe ways to achieve professional competence in performing culturally informed neuropsychological evaluations.

Target Audience: Practicing neuropsychologists and psychologists; pre-doctoral and postdoctoral neuropsychology trainees

Instructional Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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April D. Thames, Ph.D.
is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Social Neuroscience and Health Psychology laboratory at the University of California Los Angeles. After receiving her doctorate degree, she completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at UCLA. Now as an Assistant Professor, Dr. Thames is the Principal Investigator of several National Institute of Health (NIH) grant-supported projects, including an NIH (K23) career development award.  This support has helped her to develop a translational research program in social neuroscience that focuses on the impact of HIV/AIDS, aging, substance abuse, socioeconomic disadvantage, and race/ethnicity on neurological and neurobehavioral outcomes. She has also published and is actively involved in studies that have examined psychosocial factors that obscure the validity of neuropsychological test performance among underrepresented ethnic/racial minority groups. Dr. Thames also serves as Member at Large for the American Psychological Association’s Society for Clinical Neuropsychology, and served as past Chair of SCN’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee (EMA).

Introduction to Assessing Change in the Individual Patient (Part 1)

Thursday, June 29, 2017
2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern time
1.5 CE Credits

Presented by:
Kevin Duff Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging, & Research
University of Utah

Repeated neuropsychological assessments are frequently used in clinical practice to track progression of an illness or chart response to an intervention. However, the interpretation of repeated cognitive test scores can be tricky, and there is limited guidance on this topic. This webinar will introduce attendees to basic concepts associated with change, including test variables (e.g., reliability, practice effects), testing situation variables (e.g., retest interval), and individual variables (e.g., demographics, clinical conditions). Participants will also be introduced to common methods of assessing change (e.g., alternate forms, reliable change index, regression-based change formulae). Case examples will be used to guide the presentation.

After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the role that test variables, testing situation variables, and individual variables have on assessing cognitive change.
  2. List common methods for assessing change in patients.
  3. Compute and apply basic mathematical formulae for assessing cognitive change.

Target Audience: Practicing clinical and research neuropsychologists of all levels, including students and trainees, who are interested in better evaluating cognitive change in their patients or as part of research protocols.

Instructional Level: Introductory

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Kevin Duff, Ph.D.
has specialized in neuropsychology for over 15 years. In 2009, he joined the University of Utah, where he is currently a Professor of Neurology and neuropsychologist for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York in Albany. He completed his neuropsychology internship at the Southern Arizona Healthcare System in Tucson, AZ, and his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. He joined the Psychiatry Department at the University of Iowa in 2003, where had clinical and research responsibilities working with patients with dementia, Huntington’s disease, and a variety of other neuropsychiatric conditions. His current research has focused primarily on the early identification of cognitive decline in neuropsychiatric illnesses. Dr. Duff’s work has been widely published in scientific journals and he has lectured nationally and internationally on his areas of expertise. His research on Mild Cognitive Impairment has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2005.

Advanced Topics in Assessing Change in the Individual Patient (Part 2)

Thursday, July 20, 2017
2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern time
1.5 CE Credits

Presented by:
Kevin Duff Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging, & Research
University of Utah

Serial neuropsychological assessments are complicated to interpret due to practice effects, regression to the mean, and “normal” change in clinical conditions. This webinar will build on the “introductory” session and address more nuanced issues in assessing cognitive change. It will start with a quick review of common statistical formulae for determining change (reliable change index, regression-based change formula), using case examples to demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of each method. It will also address more complex issues in assessing change (e.g., applying methods to individual tests vs. an entire battery, examining change across more than two assessments, determining whether ±1.645 is the best cutoff, externally validating change scores). The webinar will end with a “call for future research,” as we discuss necessary future steps in the advancement of this area.

After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Compare a wider range of mathematical formulae for assessing cognitive change.
  2. Apply methods for determining change in varied clinical scenarios.
  3. Discuss and explain critical issues in the advancement of this area in the future.

Target Audience: Practicing clinical and research neuropsychologists of all levels, including students and trainees, who are interested in better evaluating cognitive change in their patients or as part of research protocols. Taking the introductory session or having some existing knowledge of this topic area would be helpful.

Instructional Level: Advanced

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Kevin Duff, Ph.D.
 has specialized in neuropsychology for over 15 years. In 2009, he joined the University of Utah, where he is currently a Professor of Neurology and neuropsychologist for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York in Albany. He completed his neuropsychology internship at the Southern Arizona Healthcare System in Tucson, AZ, and his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. He joined the Psychiatry Department at the University of Iowa in 2003, where had clinical and research responsibilities working with patients with dementia, Huntington’s disease, and a variety of other neuropsychiatric conditions. His current research has focused primarily on the early identification of cognitive decline in neuropsychiatric illnesses. Dr. Duff’s work has been widely published in scientific journals and he has lectured nationally and internationally on his areas of expertise. His research on Mild Cognitive Impairment has been funded by the National Institutes of Health since 2005.