Thursday, May 25th | 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time

State of the Long COVID Science: Neuropsychological Assessment, Treatment, and Clinical Considerations Across the Lifespan

1.5 CE Credits

Presented by: 
Rowena Ng, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Department of Neuropsychology
Kennedy Krieger Institute

Tracy D. Vannorsdall, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

SARS-CoV-2 infection is associated with post-acute cognitive changes as well as psychological symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety) that can have significant consequences for patient functioning and quality of life. This webinar will discuss the various definitions of “Long-COVID” or post-acute sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC) as well as the potential biological, psychological, and social mechanisms associated with the persistence of symptoms beyond the acute phase of illness. An updated overview of the scientific literature on neuropsychological outcomes and recovery in PASC will be provided, with specific discussion surrounding pediatric and geriatric populations. Methodological limitations and areas in need of further study will be highlighted. Using case vignettes, we will discuss potential tools for assessing subjective and objective cognitive concerns as well as mental health symptoms in patients across the lifespan. We will conclude with a discussion of potential neuropsychological interventions and treatment recommendations.

After the webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe PASC and potential underlying mechanisms. 
2. List neuropsychological tools to assess patients with PASC. 
3. Discuss clinical recommendations and intervention approaches for patients with PASC. 
4. Describe future clinical and research directions involving PASC.

Target Audience: Clinical neuropsychology professionals and students/trainees, and others in related fields (e.g., researchers, physicians, nurses, social workers).

Instructional Level: Introductory - Intermediate

Tracy D. Vannorsdall, Ph.D., is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her doctoral degree in psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2006 following a one-year internship in clinical neuropsychology at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. Dr. Vannorsdall then completed a three-year clinical and research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She joined the faculty in 2009 and is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Division of Medical Psychology.
Rowena Ng, Ph.D. received an undergraduate degree at University of California, San Diego, and a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she also served as an undergraduate course instructor in child and adolescent psychology. She completed an internship with an emphasis in pediatric neuropsychology at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and a fellowship in clinical neuropsychology with lifespan training at the University of Michigan – VA Ann Arbor Postdoctoral Training Consortium. Her research interests include investigating social-affective and -cognitive development associated with genetic and neurological disorders, and characterizing risk and resilience factors among adolescents with complex medical conditions. Dr. Ng joined the Department of Neuropsychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute as a pediatric neuropsychologist in 2019, and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Ng is a licensed psychologist in Maryland and provides assessment services for children and adolescents with neurogenetic conditions, seizure disorders and/or neuropsychiatric conditions.

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