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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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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As states and counties begin lifting stay-at-home orders, many neuropsychologists are considering resuming their in-person clinical services.  However, there is no clear roadmap to guide reopening and ensure patient and provider safety.  Today we talk with Laura Lacritz, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, who is on the frontlines of returning to in-person neuropsychological evaluations in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Technology is changing at an ever-increasing rate, warranting the need to stay updated with current advancements.  Today we talk with Raeanne Moore, Ph.D., about using ecological momentary assessment (EMA), mobile cognitive testing (MCT), and wearable technology to assess cognitive and emotional functioning in a real-world environment.  We also discuss how these assistive technologies compare to traditional paper-and-pencil cogniti...

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In our second Neuropsych Bite, we talked with Joel Kamper, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, about Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), a rare condition that leads to rapid decline in cognitive, motor, sensory, and behavioral functioning.  This is the first of a series on rare neurological disorders.

Show notes are available at www.NavNeuro.com/44

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In our first Neuropsych Bite, we talked with Dr. Maggie Lanca about advocacy for neuropsychology at both the state and federal level.  She also discusses her recent advocacy efforts for teleneuropsychology in response to the COVID-19 pandemic as President of the Massachusetts Psychological Association, as well as her advocacy work as a delegate of the Interorganizational Practice Committee (IOPC).

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We talked with Joel Kamper, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, regarding licensure requirements to practice as a clinical psychologist, and how these requirements vary across states and provinces.  In addition to providing an overview of the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), Joel discusses his role in the development of the EPPP Part 2-Skills.

Show notes are available at www.NavNeuro.com/42

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The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting every corner of our world, and neuropsychology is certainly not immune from its effects.  In particular, many neuropsychological clinics have temporarily shut down operations in response to the widespread call for social distancing.  With this as the backdrop, we speak with Munro Cullum, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, about teleneuropsychology and telemedicine in general.  We distinguish between pre-COVID-19 tel...

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We brought Monica Rivera Mindt, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, back on the podcast to discuss the cognitive effects of opioid use (both licit and illicit).  We discuss the history of the opioid epidemic in the U.S., the neurobiology of opioids, and common treatments for opioid use disorder.

Show notes are available at www.NavNeuro.com/40

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Although clinical neuropsychological research tends to focus on assessment and differential diagnosis, a growing contingent of neuropsychologists are attempting to apply their knowledge of neurobiology and cognitive and emotional functioning to pursue interventional neuropsychology.  To this end, we speak with Glenn Smith, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, about the cognitive remediation program he has developed to address cognitive and emotional ch...

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Today we are bringing you a podcast episode on the health benefits of nutrition, which we created for the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) Foundation as part of a larger brain health mini-series.  Unlike typical NavNeuro episodes, the NAN Foundation mini-series is meant for the general public.  This is the last one in the series, for now.  Neuropsychologists are encouraged to share this podcast series with their patients, ...

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Dr. Bilder returns to discuss another passion area of his, which is the study of phenomics and cognitive ontologies.  He discusses how these areas of study are integral to “Neuropsychology 3.0” and are key to our ability to pace medical technological advancements in pursuit of precision medicine.

Show notes are available at www.NavNeuro.com/37

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Today we bring you a podcast episode on the health benefits of physical activity, which we created for the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) Foundation as part of a larger brain health mini-series.  Unlike typical NavNeuro episodes, the NAN Foundation mini-series is meant for the general public.  This is the second in the series (the episode on sleep was released on 12/15/19).  We will bring you an episode on nutrition on 2...

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We kick off the new year (and decade) by providing commentary on our episode with Robert Bilder, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, and talk more about the future of neuropsychology.  Specifically, we discuss Dr. Bilder’s concept of “Neuropsychology 3.0,” and we explain what the 1.0 and 2.0 phases were.  We also discuss the prominent concerns and benefits related to computerized testing, which is crucial for Neuropsychology 3.0, and further explain o...

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Today we are bringing you a podcast episode on the health benefits of sleep, which we created for the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) Foundation as part of a larger brain health mini-series.  Unlike typical NavNeuro episodes, the NAN Foundation mini-series is meant for the general public.  We will bring you two other episodes (physical activity and nutrition) on 1/15/20 and 2/15/20.  Neuropsychologists are encouraged to s...

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Research has repeatedly demonstrated the benefits of neuropsychological evaluations to patients and their families.  However, there is great potential for advancement and improvement in the field.  For example, there is growing interest in improving the validity of neuropsychological tests in the assessment and prediction of complex medical conditions using biological, statistical, and informatic techniques.  We discuss these issue...

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Today we bring you the second part of our conversation with Lisa Eyler, Ph.D., on age-related changes in the functional connectivity of individuals with severe mental illness (SMI).  Dr. Eyler also summarizes the literature on the biomarkers of SMI in accelerated aging and the clinical utility of these biomarkers independently and in combination with behavioral strategies.  After the conversation, we provide our own commentary and ...

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Severe mental illness (SMI) refers to mental disorders that result in significant functional impairment (e.g., schizophrenia and bipolar disorder).  In this episode, we bring you Part 1 of our conversation with Lisa Eyler, Ph.D., about inflammation in individuals with SMI, how inflammation is associated with accelerated aging and other health problems, and the clinical utility of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in this...

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There is a benefit to developing computerized test batteries that can be used across large, longitudinal epidemiologic studies and prevention/intervention trials to facilitate comparison and harmonization across studies.  The National Institute of Health (NIH) Toolbox is a royalty-free battery of tests designed to measure cognitive, sensory, motor, and emotional functioning that can be used across the lifespan and leverages Item Re...

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Karen Postal, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, talked to us about neuropsychological feedback in episode 17 (www.NavNeuro.com/17).  Today, she graciously returns to continue the discussion of how to best deliver feedback and talk about her new book, Testimony That Sticks: The Art of Communicating Psychology and Neuropsychology to Juries. We also spend time talking to Karen about her training and supervision style, as well as her perspective on prof...

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Although board certification is not currently required in the field of neuropsychology, the number of board-certified neuropsychologists is rapidly increasing, suggesting that this may become the standard in the near future.  This is relevant for both professionals and trainees because some employers are already beginning to require board certification.  In this episode, we speak to Kira Armstrong, Ph.D., ABPP-CN about the process ...

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