Wednesday, August 29, 2018
2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern time
1.5 CE Credits
Thomas D. Parsons, Ph.D.
Director, Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation (CNS) Laboratory
Professor of Psychology
University of North Texas
Although today’s neuropsychological assessment procedures are widely used, neuropsychologists have been slow to embrace technological advancements. The neuropsychological assessment procedures most commonly in use represent a technology that has barely changed since the first scales were developed in the early 1900s. Furthermore, clinical neuropsychologists are increasingly asked to make predictions about the impact of a given patient’s neurocognitive abilities and disabilities on everyday functioning. After a brief review of current neuropsychological assessments, there is an exploration of novel technologies (e.g., virtual reality environments) for enhanced neuropsychological assessments.
After the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the history of computerized testing and how these developments shaped the present status of automated assessment.
- Describe the ways that current and developing technologies can enhance traditional methods of neurocognitive assessment going forward.
- Explain how virtual environments and scenario-based assessment can enhance the evaluation of patient capabilities and provide data with increased ecological relevance.
- Discuss the benefits of incorporating computational neuropsychology and data analytics to address diagnostic and assessment issues.
Target Audience: Clinical Neuropsychologists and clinical psychology students
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Instructional Level: Intermediate
Registration closes 30 minutes prior to the live presentation.
Thomas D. Parsons, Ph.D. is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Computational Neuropsychology and Simulation (CNS) Laboratory at the University of North Texas (UNT). Prior to joining the faculty at UNT, Dr. Parsons was an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies. Much of Dr. Parsons's research integrates neuropsychology, psychophysiology, and simulation technologies for novel assessment, modeling, and training of neurocognitive and affective processes. He is a leading scientist in this area and he has been PI of 17 funded projects during his career and an investigator on an additional 13 funded projects. In addition to his patents for eHarmony.com's Matching System (U.S. Patent Nos. 2004/6735568; 2014/0180942 A1), he has invented and validated virtual reality-based assessments of attention, spatial abilities, memory, and executive functions. In addition to his five books, he has over 200 publications in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. He has served as Associate Editor for Frontiers in Psychiatry, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, and the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. His contributions to neuropsychology were recognized when he received the 2013 National Academy of Neuropsychology Early Career Achievement award. In 2014, he was awarded Fellow status in the National Academy of Neuropsychology.