Navigating Neuropsychology

Navigating Neuropsychology

Join John and Ryan as they explore the field of neuropsychology through the presentation of cutting edge scientific findings, discussion of important topic areas, and interviews with experts in a variety of relevant fields. The three main objectives of the podcast are to 1) Provide interesting, relevant, and easily-accessible information for students and professionals in neuropsychology, as well as anyone who is interested in brain-behavior relationships. 2) Begin working towards unification on important areas of debate within neuropsychology, while also encouraging the expression of diverse, creative ideas and opinions. 3) Act as an outlet for innovative ideas and breaking news in the field, to allow listeners to stay abreast of current scientific and professional developments in neuropsychology. Check out www.NavNeuro.com for more information about the show.... Show More

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March 1, 2021 65 min

The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 50% of older adults above age 80 have Alzheimer’s disease.  Within the 50% of older adults who do not meet criteria for Alzheimer’s disease, most experience typical age-related changes in memory.  However, there is a small group of older adults who Dr. Emily Rogalski, a clinical and cognitive neuroscientist at Northwestern University, calls “SuperAgers.”  Dr. Rogalski studies “SuperAging,” w...

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As the COVID-19 pandemic endures, many neuropsychologists continue to conduct neuropsychological assessments via telehealth platforms.  Increased knowledge about telehealth practices garnered from clinical experience and an influx of publications about teleneuropsychology has allowed for further improved telehealth assessment practices.  We previously spoke with Dr. Munro Cullum about teleneuropsychology in adult populations and th...

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Approximately one in every 2,800 babies are born with spina bifida each year.  Spina bifida is related to multiple physical and neurological symptoms including hydrocephalus, which differs from its presentation in older adults.  Today, John and Ryan talk with Christine Koterba, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, about spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and how neuropsychologists can contribute to the care of children with these disorders.

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Emerging research suggests that a sizeable portion of individuals hospitalized due to COVID-19 develop cognitive and psychological sequelae.  In our conversation with Dr. Chaya Fridman, a board-certified neuropsychologist at Cornell, we discuss the ways that SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) may lead to neurocognitive impairment, including both direct effects of the virus and secondary factors (e.g., respiratory distress ...

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About 50% of individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) exhibit cognitive deficits in additional to physical symptoms.  Depression and fatigue are also common in MS and can be debilitating.  Therefore, it is not uncommon for an individual with MS to be referred for neuropsychological evaluation, making it important for neuropsychologists to familiarize themselves with the neurobiological underpinnings and signs and symptoms of MS.  T...

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Models for diagnosis and treatment of learning disorders have changed over time.  Still, there are many old beliefs and myths that may lead parents and schools in the wrong direction when working with children with learning disorders.  Today, John and Ryan talk with Robin Peterson, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, about learning disorders, issues around diagnosing disorders of written expression, the concept of academic g and its relationship to Sp...

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The book Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology was born of a need that Dr. Bryan Kolb recognized while completing his postdoctoral fellowship at the Montreal Neurological Institute with Dr. Brenda Milner.  Dr. Kolb had asked his colleagues for a textbook on the human brain and, finding none, decided to create a course about “neuropsychology.”  Now, Drs. Kolb and Whishaw’s textbook is about to be released in its 8th edition.  John a...

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In our last Neuropsych Bite with Joel Kamper, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, we discuss limbic encephalitis, a condition involving inflammation of the limbic system that typically results in memory deficits, psychosis, seizures, and other symptoms.

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The Relevance 2050 Initiative was first approved by the board of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) in 2015 to direct efforts to address the increasing diversity of the United States.  The Relevance 2050 Committee continues to support initiatives to recruit a more diverse pool of neuropsychologists, develop multicultural and multilinguistic norms, and to offer a network for neuropsychologists interested in dive...

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We bring you another Neuropsych Bite with Joel Kamper, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, to discuss Balint's syndrome, a rare neurological condition characterized by optic ataxia, oculomotor apraxia, and simultanagnosia due to parietal-occipital lesions.  This is the third episode in a series of rare neurological disorders.

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There are several hallmark assessments of memory and higher-level cognitive functions that are commonly used and recognized by neuropsychologists.  Among these are the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS) and the California Verbal Learning Test (CVLT), which were developed by Dr. Dean Delis, a board-certified neuropsychologist.  Today, we talk with Dean about executive functions, the D-KEFS, the upcoming D-KEFS 2.0, and ...

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In this Neuropsych Bite, we brought Joel Kamper, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, back on the podcast to discuss moyamoya, a rare condition that causes transient ischemic attacks and/or repeated strokes.  The term "moyamoya" ("puff of smoke" in Japanese) refers to the smoke-like presentation on angiography.  This is the second episode in a series on rare neurological disorders.

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Neuromodulation may allow us to create sustained and generalizable changes in cognitive and brain functioning.  For today’s episode, John and Ryan talk with Adam Woods, Ph.D., a national leader in the field of neuromodulation, about how novel non-invasive interventions can potentially enhance the effects of cognitive training and lead to improved cognitive functioning in older adults at risk for dementia.  They discuss the physics ...

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Our rock-star co-production coordinator, Leslie Gaynor (a graduate student at the University of Florida and intern at Emory University), talks with Suzanne Penna, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, about internship preparedness, applications, and interviews for NavNeuro’s student listeners.  Additionally, they discuss how the internship interview process will differ this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Our current nosology of psychopathology relies on a categorical model that has notable limitations.  For example, this medical model of classifying mental disorders does not account for the significant heterogeneity of symptom presentations across psychopathology.  Today, we speak with Robert Latzman, Ph.D., to discuss the Hierarchical Taxonomy of Psychopathology (HiTOP), an alternative nosology that uses factor analysis to address...

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The legalization of recreational and medical marijuana in several states has brought about more urgent questions about the potential cognitive and neuropsychiatric effects of cannabis use, particularly related to long-term use.  Today we talk with Igor Grant, M.D., F.R.C.P., about contemporary cannabis research and how neuropsychologists should consider cannabis use when completing neuropsychological assessments.

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The cognitive consequences of non-central nervous system (non-CNS) cancer and cancer-related treatments did not become the subject of scientific investigation until recently and is still a growing area of research.  Contemporary studies have made it clear that neuropsychology is an integral part of the evaluation and care of individuals with cancer.  Today we talk with Michael Parsons, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, about the evaluation of cognit...

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There is a need for neuropsychologists in an inpatient rehab setting and throughout follow-up care for children who are resuscitated after experiencing a cardiac arrest.  Today, we talk with Beth Slomine, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, about the risks and benefits associated with therapeutic hypothermia for these children, and her involvement in the THAPCA multi-site trial.

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The U.S. has the largest annual incidence of new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) diagnoses among high-income nations.  This is relevant for neuropsychologists because individuals with HIV develop a spectrum of cognitive, motor, and/or mood problems collectively known as HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND).  In this episode, we talk with April Thames, Ph.D., about cross-cultural considerations and age-related cognitive ...

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Previously, test score labeling has varied across practitioners, leading to discrepancies in the interpretation and communication of neuropsychological assessment results. The American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) formed a consensus conference to address this concern, charged with establishing a uniform test score labeling system.  Today we talk with co-chair Tom Guilmette, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, about the new system and the...

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