April
15
 
Effects of Alcohol on Cognitive Functioning 
May
13
 
Medication & Cognition 
May
28
Performance Validity Testing in Children: Ethics, Science, and Purpose 
June
17
 
Ethics, Stroke, and Neuropsychology 
 

Effects of Alcohol on Cognitive Functioning

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm Eastern time
1.5 CE Credits 

Presented by:
Robin C. Hilsabeck, Ph.D., ABPP
Clinical Scientist II at INC Research
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio

Approximately 17 million adults and 855,000 adolescents had an alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2012.  Deaths related to alcohol are the third leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.  Given these statistics, almost all neuropsychologists will be faced at some point with a patient who has an AUD. Understanding both the acute and chronic effects of alcohol on cognitive functioning is a primary objective of this webinar. Recent advances in neuropathophysiology, as well as common findings on neuroimaging and neuropsychological tests are reviewed.  The evolution from chronic alcohol use to Wernicke’s encephalopathy to Korsakoff’s syndrome is discussed, along with the effects of alcohol use in special populations, including adolescents and elderly. Risk factors, comorbidity, emerging pharmacotherapies, and cognitive rehabilitation strategies are also highlighted.
 
After the webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Explain cognitive abilities affected by acute and chronic alcohol use.
  2. Describe the role of thiamine deficiency in cognitive impairment associated with AUDs.
  3. Differentiate between cognitive profiles of chronic alcohol use and Korsakoff’s syndrome.
  4. Identify risk factors for AUDs in adolescents. 

Target Audience: Neuropsychologists, advanced neuropsychological trainees, physicians, psychologists, and other professionals with specialty training in AUDs
 
Instructional Level: Intermediate to Advanced (some prior knowledge of neuroanatomy, neurotransmitter systems, and neuropsychological constructs is expected)

Robin C. Hilsabeck, Ph.D., ABPP is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist who earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University in 1999 with internship training in neuropsychology at University of Oklahoma Health Science Center. She completed a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at University of California, San Diego where she worked primarily with patients with chronic liver disease, including those with alcohol dependence and chronic hepatitis C infection.

Dr. Hilsabeck is Clinical Scientist II at INC Research, a contract research organization that assists in running global clinical trials.  She also is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where she has been on faculty since 2006.  From January 2005 through June 2012, she served in multiple roles at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in San Antonio, including Director of the Neuropsychology Service and Director of the Neuropsychology Residency Program.  She continues to collaborate in clinical research at the VA in San Antonio. 

Dr. Hilsabeck has obtained grant funding from both private funders, as well as the NIH, and has 50 publications, including a recent book chapter on substance use in the edited book by Shane Bush entitled, “Neuropsychological Practice with Veterans.”  She is Associate Editor of The Clinical Neuropsychologist and serves on the editorial board of the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.  She also is Past President of the National Academy of Neuropsychology.

 

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Medication & Cognition

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm Eastern time
1.5 CE Credits 

Presented by:

Joseph E. Comaty, Ph.D., M.P.
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Psychology at Louisiana State University
Emeritus Faculty of the Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium in Psychology at Louisiana State University

This course is designed to provide the audience with the most up-to-date information on those psychotropic medications often misused in older adults. The course will cover identification of the medications in the classes of antipsychotics, antidepressants, benzodiazepines, non-benzodiazepine hypnotics, stimulants, cognitive enhancers, and acetylcholinesterase inhibitors.  The audience will be provided information on the indications for the use of these classes of medications and their most common adverse effects, particularly as experienced by older adults especially those with dementia.  Finally, the course will provide the audience with a summary of the BEERS criteria and other initiatives that have attempted to reduce the use of potentially inappropriate medications in the population of older adults.
 
After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the most commonly used psychotropic drugs in the elderly.
  2. Discuss the difference between the current use of psychotropic drugs versus their FDA indications.
  3. Explain the most frequently encountered adverse effects of the currently used psychotropic drugs, especially the impact on cognition.
  4. Discuss the effectiveness of psychotropic medications in treating psychiatric/behavioral disorders of the elderly including risk / benefit ratios. 

Target Audience: This presentation is designed for prescribing psychologists; psychologists who work with older adults in a variety of clinical settings; psychologists who may be conducting research on medication effects in the elderly; or psychologists who are teaching courses on psychopharmacology and/or behavioral health treatment of special populations including the elderly. Other behavioral health practitioners may also benefit from the information provided in this course.
 
Instructional Level: Intermediate

Joseph E. Comaty received his M.S. in experimental psychology from Villanova University; his Ph.D. in psychology with a specialization in clinical neuropsychology from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, in Illinois; and his postdoctoral Masters Degree in clinical psychopharmacology from Alliant University/CSPP of California. He is a licensed psychologist under the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (LSBEP) and a licensed Medical Psychologist (i.e., prescribing psychologist) under the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. He retired from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Behavioral Health in 2013 where he was the Chief Psychologist and Medical Psychologist and Director of the Division of Quality Management. He is an adjunct assistant professor in psychology at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge and serves as emeritus faculty of the Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium (SLIC) in psychology at LSU. He is currently serving a second term as member of the LSBEP where he was previously a member and past chair; he has just completed his term as a charter member and most recent chair of the RxP Designation Committee of APA, and is a current site reviewer for APA’s Committee on Accreditation. He is a member of the Model Act and Regulation Revision Committee for the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). His research is in the areas of behavior therapy, pharmacology, and clinical psychopharmacology. He is the author of over 60 articles, book chapters, and presentations. He is a co-author of the psychopharmacology textbook, Julien’s Primer of Drug Action, the most recent edition being published in April 2014. He has served on federal grant review committees and has been a reviewer for Psychiatric Services; The Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences; the Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research; and the Journal of Psychology & Clinical Psychiatry.

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Performance Validity Testing in Children: Ethics, Science, and Purpose

Thursday, May 28, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm Eastern time
1.5 CE Credits 

Presented by:
William S. MacAllister, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology / Neuropsychologist
NYU School of Medicine – Department of Neurology
Coordinator of Pediatric Neuropsychology Training Program
Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

The webinar is designed to acquaint practitioners with the topic of Performance Validity Tests (PVTs) as they pertain to the practice of clinical neuropsychology with children and adolescents. The talk will focus on several issues, including professional guidelines/position statements from the field as well as how the use of such measures dovetails with APA ethical guidelines. The presentation will include a discussion of research on performance validity testing in children, including what tests have the best empirical support for which age ranges. The talk will conclude with illustrative case examples where PVT failure had a direct impact on case conceptualization and directly improved treatment recommendations.
 
After the webinar, participants will be able to:
  1. Summarize professional guidelines on the use of Performance Validity Tests.
  2. Apply knowledge of APA ethics code guidelines to the topic of Performance Validity Testing in children and adolescents.
  3. List and describe performance validity measures validated for use in children and adolescents.
Target Audience: Pediatric neuropsychologists and trainees working toward becoming pediatric neuropsychologists

Instructional Level: Intermediate  

William S. MacAllister is a board certified neuropsychologist and board certified pediatric subspecialist through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. He is presently faculty at New York University in the Department of Neurology and publishes on the topics of cognition in pediatric multiple sclerosis, cognition in childhood epilepsy, and ethics in the practice of pediatric neuropsychology. A recent clinical and research interest is performance validity testing as it pertains to the practice of pediatric neuropsychology. He presently serves on the Policy and Planning Committee of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the Board of Directors of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.

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Ethics, Stroke, and Neuropsychology

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm Eastern time
1.5 CE Credits 

Presented by:

Thomas R. Kerkhoff, PhD, ABPP/RP
Board Certified Rehabilitation Psychologist
Clinical Professor (retired)
University of Florida
Dept. Clinical & Health Psychology

The NAN Webinar will consist of the following content. In the first portion of the course participants will review the APA Ethics Code principles and standards as they relate to the clinical scenario fact-finding exercises that will follow. The second portion of the course will focus upon explication of an ethics decision-making model developed by Dr. Kerkhoff and his colleagues at University of Florida. This model has been extensively field-tested in varied health care settings, and has proven to provide an efficient and effective organizational framework by which to guide discussions regarding resolving ethical challenges. The third and final portion of the course will involve clinical scenarios relevant to ethical issues in the CVA population.  This portion of the course will serve to illustrate the applied nature of ethical discourse in the health care environment.
 
After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of relevant APA Ethics Code (2010) principles and standards as applied to clinical practice in a post-stroke population.
  2. Explain an identified applied decision making model in applied ethics.
  3. Apply working knowledge of ethical principles and standards to clinical case examples.  

Target Audience: This applied Webinar is applicable to clinicians and academic psychologists at the intermediate and advanced levels of experience.  The content will assist in operationalizing applied ethics in everyday practice and in teaching settings.
 
Instructional Level: Intermediate

Thomas R. Kerkhoff, PhD, ABPP/RP has regularly published in the area of applied ethics across the past 15 years, since joining the University of Florida faculty. He, Dr. Stephanie Hanson and Dr. Lester Butt have co-authored articles, book chapters and 2 clinical casebooks in the area of applied ethics focused upon the specialties of Rehabilitation, Neuropsychology and Health psychology. He recently won the APA Division 22 Distinguished Career award celebrating his 37 years in rehabilitation as a clinician, mentor, teacher and academic. He has presented numerous regional and national continuing education workshops, and continues to serve as a program surveyor/site visitor for APA Committee on Accreditation and the Florida Department of Health. Since retiring in 2014, Dr. Kerkhoff maintains an active professional life, contributing textbook chapters, peer mentoring and serves as Vice President of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology.

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