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Note: This course must be completed by 12/31/16. Contact hours will not be awarded beyond this date.
Clinical neuropsychology is a field that combines skills and perspectives from clinical psychology, neuropsychiatry, and behavioral neurology. This informative and practical course discusses what happens during a typical neuropsychological evaluation, how and when to make a referral to a neuropsychologist, and how to read a neuropsychological report. The functional organization of the brain is described, including the role of neurons and glial cells. The discussion of neuroanatomy covers the brainstem, cerebellum, cerebral hemispheres, hypothalamus and thalamus, mammillary bodies and optic chiasm, basal ganglia, limbic system, cerebral cortex. Brain circuitry is described, including the language circuit, distributed processing, and brain damage. Nurses will learn about the components of a neuropsychological evaluation, such as reviewing patient records; conducting a clinical interview; selecting, administering, scoring, and interpreting tests; making behavioral observations; writing reports; providing feedback; and educating clients. The course describes the etiology, course, and prevalence of common disorders across the lifespan and discusses their diagnosis, assessment, and treatment. The course discusses disorders in pediatric neuropsychology, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), specific learning disorders, autism spectrum disorder, and psychiatric comorbidities. Nurses who treat adults and geriatric patients will benefit from discussions of traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.
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Jones, A., Prangnell, S. J., Thomas, C., & Newby, G. (2013). Neuropsychological assessment: The not-so-basic basics. In G. Newby, R. Coetzer, A. Daisley, & S. Weatherhead (Eds.), Practical neuropsychological rehabilitation in acquired brain injury (pp. 27–66). London, England: Karnac Books. Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=qNDtGFn6dDwC&oi=fnd&pg=PA27&dq=neuropsychological+
Koffler, S., Morgan, J., Marcopulos, B., & Greiffenstein, M. F. (Eds.). (2015). Neuropsychology: A review of science and practice (Vol. 2). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Larner, A. J. (2013). Neuropsychological neurology: The neurocognitive impairments of neurological disorders (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.
Lezak, M. D., Howieson, D. B., Bigler, E. D., & Tranel, D. (2012). Neuropsychological assessment (5th ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
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Wasserman, L. D. (2012). The sensitivity and specificity of neuropsychological tests in the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Applied Neuropsychology: Child, 1(2), 90–99. Abstract retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21622965.2012.702025#.VK3FmivF98E
- Define clinical neuropsychology.
- Discuss the historical development of the field of neuropsychology and the unique training requirements for clinical neuropsychologists.
- Identify major neuroanatomical features of the brain and their functional significance.
- Explain the core steps in clinical neuropsychological evaluations.
- Describe common neuropsychological disorders in children and adolescents.
- Describe common neuropsychological disorders in young and older adults.
Rebecca E. Ready, PhD, is an associate professor, division head, and director of clinical training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass), and a member of the UMass Neuroscience and Behavior Program. Dr. Ready obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Iowa in 2001. Her predoctoral training was funded by a grant from the University of Iowa Center on Aging to study behavioral symptoms in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease. Dr. Ready completed her internship and two-year post-doctoral residency in neuropsychology at Brown University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. Her postdoctoral research training at Brown University was funded by a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health to study quality of life in persons with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Ready completed another year of residency at the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Psychiatry, Late Life Mood Disorders Program before beginning her current position at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Ready runs an active research lab and studies changes in emotion and cognition in aging and in the context of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease. She teaches advanced assessment courses to clinical psychology graduate students, behavioral neuro-science to undergraduate students, and runs the neuropsychological assessment program in the University of Massachusetts training clinic, the Psychological Services Center. She is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist in Massachusetts.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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