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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 ...
 
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Anti-MOG is a recently discovered condition that co-occurs with other demyelinating conditions. To learn more about this condition, John and Ryan speak with Lana Harder, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, who is a founding member and current Co-Director of the Children’s Medical Center Pediatric Demyelinating Disease Clinic. Show notes are available at www.NavNeuro.c…
 
This episode covers cultural neuropsychology and global neuropsychology. We talk with Tedd Judd, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, about how neuropsychology in North Atlantic countries is unique relative to how neuropsychology is practiced elsewhere. We also discuss advice for conducting competent clinical evaluations with patients whose culture is unfamiliar to the…
 
Acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is a rare, monophasic autoimmune condition affecting the brain and spinal cord. The symptoms of ADEM can be variable, given that lesions can present in multiple areas of the central nervous system. ADEM shares certain clinical characteristics with other demyelinating conditions such as pediatric multiple …
 
Neuropsychology is a dynamic and growing field, and there is considerable interest in characterizing and understanding the current state of the profession. The “Salary Survey,” led by Dr. Jerry Sweet and colleagues, is released about every five years and attempts to describe professional practices, beliefs, and incomes of U.S. neuropsychologists. I…
 
Transverse myelitis is a disorder of spinal cord inflammation and demyelination. Although more common in adults, it does occur in children. In the past, people believed that transverse myelitis was not associated with cognitive symptoms, given that it exclusively impacts the spinal cord (not the brain). However, recent evidence suggests that perfor…
 
Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder, with effects on academic and occupational performance, social relationships, and other aspects of functioning. Neuropsychologists frequently work with both children and adults with ADHD, and understanding the relevant scientific literature is an important part …
 
Becoming a neuropsychologist is a long, challenging journey that can also be incredibly rewarding. In this episode, John and Ryan are interviewed by Dr. Jeremy Sharp of The Testing Psychologist about their new book, Becoming a Neuropsychologist: Advice and Guidance for Students and Trainees. John and Ryan tell Jeremy about the purpose and objective…
 
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder of breathing during sleep. It can lead to both sleep fragmentation and hypoxia, it has a negative impact on cardiovascular functioning, and it is associated with various neurobiological, cognitive, and emotional sequelae. OSA is underdiagnosed in the general population, and even following successful diagn…
 
When multiple sclerosis (MS) is diagnosed prior to age 18, it is considered rare and referred to as pediatric MS. Although they share a name, pediatric MS differs somewhat from MS in pattern and severity of its symptoms, as well as its cognitive sequelae. To further clarify the neurological, cognitive, and behavioral profile of pediatric MS, John a…
 
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…
 
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 previousl…
 
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 neuropsycholog…
 
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…
 
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…
 
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 di…
 
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, D…
 
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. Show notes are available at www.NavNeuro.com/59 _________________ If you’d like to support the show, here are a few …
 
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 mul…
 
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. Show notes are available at www.NavNeuro.co…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 co…
 
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 Ps…
 
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 t…
 
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 cons…
 
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.…
 
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-s…
 
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 …
 
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. Tod…
 
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 neuropsycholo…
 
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 discu…
 
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 _________________ If yo…
 
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 t…
 
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…
 
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 telene…
 
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 _________________ If you’d…
 
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 …
 
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. Ne…
 
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 _____…
 
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 …
 
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 co…
 
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 acti…
 
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 condition…
 
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 wit…
 
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 proble…
 
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, …
 
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 t…
 
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 certificat…
 
We discussed INS leadership and research productivity with Keith Yeates, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, in episode 16. As the most published investigator of pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the world over the last 10 years, he returns today to discuss the prevalence rates and causes, behavioral sequalae, differences in outcomes, and psychosocial interven…
 
Last episode we spoke to Jacobus Donders, Ph.D., ABPP (CN, RP) about neuropsychological report writing (visit www.NavNeuro.com/25). Today we provide commentary on that episode. Specifically, we discuss the Postal et al., 2018 “Stakeholders” paper from The Clinical Neuropsychologist as well as takeaways from our conversation with Dr. Donders. We als…
 
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