1.5 CE Credits
Peter Arnett, Ph.D.
Professor & Director
Neuropsychology of Sports Concussion & MS Programs
Penn State University
In this webinar, some current issues in the neuropsychology of sports-related concussion will be reviewed. You will gain a greater understanding of the neuropsychologist’s role in the sports-concussion framework. The importance of measuring depression in the sports-concussion context, of the complexities involved in measuring it, and baseline risk factors for depression will be reviewed. Furthermore, you will learn how cognitive variability at baseline may serve as a risk factor for cognitive decline post-concussion. You will also develop a framework for assessing cognitive functioning post-concussion when no baseline is available. Additionally, exciting new research on genetic risk factors for outcome in sports-concussion will be presented. Finally, some discussion questions will be provided for consideration.
After the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Summarize the key roles of neuropsychology in sports concussion management.
- Identify the impact of motivation on the assessment of neurocognitive functioning in sports concussion.
- Describe what predicts depression in sports concussion and explain how it can be measured.
- Develop a framework for assessing cognitive functioning post-concussion, even when no baseline evaluation data is available.
- Analyze how pre-morbid and injury-related factors, including generic variables such as APOE E4, predict post-concussion symptoms.
Target Audience: Neuropsychologists and other health care professionals involved, or interested in becoming involved, in the management of sports-related concussion who want to understand more about the complexities of measuring cognitive dysfunction and depression in concussed athletes and to learn key factors predicting outcomes in sports concussion that can help guide them in their care and understanding of their athletes.
Instructional Level: Intermediate
About Peter Arnett, Ph.D.
Dr. Arnett received his Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin under the direction of Drs. Stephen Rao and Thomas Hammeke. He is currently a Psychology Professor and Director of the Neuropsychology of Sports-Related Concussion and Neuropsychology of MS programs at Penn State University. Dr. Arnett’s research has focused on clinical neuropsychology, with an emphasis on studying secondary influences on cognitive functioning in persons with mild traumatic brain injury/sports concussion and multiple sclerosis (MS). He is a fellow of NAN, past winner of NAN’s Nelson Butters Award for Research Contributions to Clinical Neuropsychology, current editor of the NAN Bulletin, was Program Co-Chair for the 2010 Mid-Year Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), and is a past board member of INS. Dr. Arnett is the author of over 130 research articles and book chapters, has given many national and international talks on sports concussion and MS, and has edited a book entitled, Secondary Influences on Neuropsychological Test Performance. He is currently editing another book entitled, Neuropsychological Perspectives on Sports-Related Concussion that will be published by APA and appear in print in early 2018. He is an editorial board member of several journals, and has received grant funding from the National MS Society, NIH, and NIMH.
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