3 CE Credits
Eduardo Esteban Bustamante, Ph.D., FACSM
Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
Director, Healthy Kids Lab
College of Applied Health Sciences
University of Illinois Chicago (UIC)
Lauren Strober, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Cognitive Health and Well-being
The Center for Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research
Research Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Rutgers, State University of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School
Michelle Chen, Ph.D.
Core Faculty Member, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Instructor, Department of Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University
Brain health science has exploded in the last 15 years; however, many practitioners only have a general sense of related findings and clinical applications. All neuropsychologists and allied professionals, regardless of setting or clinical populations with whom they work, can benefit from updated knowledge related to the importance of protective and modifiable lifestyle factors (e.g., exercise, sleep, nutrition, intellectual activity, social engagement, stress management) on brain and cognitive health. This knowledge, in turn, can help clarify effective, evidence-based, brain-health recommendations for use in clinical practice from both a preventative and treatment perspective. This 3-hour virtual workshop is designed to inform the audience of recent advancements in brain health, with a focus on protective and modifiable lifestyle factors that promote well-being throughout the lifespan. Strategies for discussing brain and cognitive health recommendations with patients will also be emphasized.
After the webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the role of health behaviors on youth neurocognitive development.
2. List the modifiable factors (i.e., person-specific and/or secondary factors) that have the greatest impact on brain health throughout the lifespan.
3. Describe the ways in which women and men are differentially impacted by some risk and protective factors in aging.
4. Develop and design strategies for educating patients about brain health
Target Audience: Health care providers are the primary audience, including neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, social workers, other allied health professionals, physicians (including both pediatricians and geriatricians), nurses, and others with an interest in brain health and well-being.
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Instructional Level: Intermediate
Eduardo Esteban Bustamante, Ph.D., FACSM is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Nutrition and Director of the Healthy Kids Lab at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). He holds a Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation from UIC and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Bustamante studies relationships between health behaviors and mental health among children and families in underserved communities. This includes understanding the determinants of health behaviors, the generation of scalable community-engaged lifestyle interventions, and investigation of the neurocognitive and mental health consequences of health behaviors. His work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the UIC Center for Health Equity Research, and the Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion.
Dr. Lauren Strober is the Assistant Director of Cognitive Health and Well-being in the Center for Neuropsychology & Neuroscience Research (CNNR) at Kessler Foundation and a Research Associate Professor in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Rutgers, State University of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Strober’s research focuses on issues pertaining to psychological well-being and quality of life (QOL) for those living with multiple sclerosis (MS). More specifically, Dr. Strober examines: (1) the phenomenological experience of secondary factors associated with MS and other neurological conditions (e.g., depression, fatigue, sleep disturbance, personality changes); (2) the influence of secondary factors on cognitive functioning, psychological well-being, and quality of life; (3) identification of person-specific factors (e.g., self-efficacy, personality) that are accountable for various outcomes (e.g., unemployment) following illness or injury; and (4) development of clinical interventions aimed at ameliorating the disease and person-specific factors found to account for detriments in health, functioning, and well-being for those with MS. She has been funded by the Epilepsy Foundation, NIH, NMSS, NIDILRR, Sanofi Genzyme, Biogen Idec, and Patterson Trust and has secured over $2 million dollars in external funding as Principal Investigator for her research in these areas.
Dr. Michelle Chen is a neuropsychologist with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University. She completed her clinical internship at the VA Maryland Health Care System and postdoctoral research training at Kessler Foundation. She is currently a core faculty member of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, and Instructor in the Department of Neurology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University. Her current research programs focus on modifiable risk factors for cognitive aging and remote symptom monitoring using digital technologies, with the long-term goals of developing and validating digital lifestyle interventions aimed at improving cognition in neurologic populations. Dr. Chen is the recipient of a K23 Mentored Career Development Award funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), studying the longitudinal impact of health and lifestyle risk factors for cognitive decline among persons with MS.