Risk Factors for Later-in-life Dementia: The Science and Challenges Behind Traumatic Brain Injury

July 22, 2021

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET
1.5 CE Credits

The later-in-life effects of traumatic brain injury have been controversial and debated. Some research points to a higher risk of developing dementia years after a traumatic brain injury, though some studies report no such association. The complexities and limitations of this area of research are numerous, and the media attention to some high-profile cases in the news have contributed to potentially premature conclusions about long-term consequences of mild brain injury. The purpose of this seminar is to review and integrate the scientific research suggesting traumatic brain injury can serve as a risk factor for developing dementia, and present some of the methodological limitations inherent in those studies with an in-depth discussion of the important gaps and limitations in understanding the later-in-life effects of traumatic brain injury.

After the webinar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the science identifying traumatic brain injury as a risk factor for developing dementia later in life.
2. Discuss the critical gaps in understanding how traumatic brain injury may relate to developing dementia.
3. Explain popular theoretical mechanisms linking traumatic brain injury to later-in-life dementia.

Target Audience: 
Neuropsychologists and clinicians/scientists in other fields

Instructional Level: 

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C. Munro Cullum, PhD, ABPP/Cn
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology & Neurotherapeutics, and
Neurological Surgery
Pamela Blumenthal Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology
Vice Chair and Chief, Psychology Division, Dept. of Psychiatry
Senior Neuropsychologist, O’Donnell Brain Institute
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

William B. Barr, PhD, ABPP

Associate Professor
Director, Neuropsychology Division
Department of Neurology
NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Christian LoBue, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Neurological Surgery
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Barr is the Director of the Neuropsychology Division in the Department of Neurology at NYU-Langone Health. He is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. He is board-certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology and has over 30 years of experience in clinical practice, training, and research in that field. Dr. Barr has been on the editorial boards of multiple professional journals and has served as an officer and board member of a number of professional societies, including a term as President of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40) of the American Psychological Association (APA).  He has an active clinical practice in neuropsychological assessment, involving both clinical and forensic cases, with ongoing research programs on cognitive and behavioral aspects of epilepsy in addition to other programs in mild traumatic brain injury and forensic neuropsychology. He has served as a professional consultant to professional sports leagues, including the NFL and NHL. He has a long history of research studies on concussion in athletes and is an active participant in current studies on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).   

Christian LoBue, Ph.D.,
is a Licensed Psychologist with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Dr. LoBue is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurological Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in neuropsychological assessment and management of behaviors related to concussion, severe traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, cerebrovascular disorders, and brain tumors, performing evaluations to characterize thinking skills such as memory, attention, and language in people with suspected or diagnosed brain conditions and collaborating closely with neurologists, neurosurgeons, and psychiatrists to identify and treat patients in both ambulatory and inpatient settings. Dr. LoBue completed both his doctorate in clinical psychology and postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at UT Southwestern before joining the faculty in 2018. His research interests include exploring factors related to concussion recovery, the long-term effects of head trauma during aging, and neurostimulation interventions after brain injury. He has received research funding from the Alzheimer’s Association and the Department of Defense. His lab is also involved in the development of new tests for assessing symptoms and thinking skills in those with brain conditions. Dr. LoBue is a member of the American Psychological Association, the International Neuropsychological Society, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology.

Dr. Cullum
is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who specializes in the assessment of cognitive disorders. He is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP/ABCN) and serves as the Vice Chair and Chief of the Division of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, where he holds the Pamela Blumenthal Distinguished Professorship in Clinical Psychology. He is the PI of the Concussion-Texas (ConTex) studies, serves as the Scientific Director of the Texas Alzheimer's Research and Care Consortium (TARCC), and is the Clinical Core leader in the UTSW Alzheimer's Disease Center. He is a past president of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology and the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the incoming President of the Sports Neuropsychology Society. He is actively involved in research, teaching, and clinical practice in neuropsychology. His research includes investigations into short- and long-term effects of concussion and early detection and differential diagnosis of neurodegenerative conditions of aging. His clinical research lab is also involved in cognitive test development and in telemedicine applications of neuropsychology.

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Electrical Injury: Diagnostic and Treatment Issues

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
1.5 CE 

Presented by: 
Neil H. Pliskin, PhD, ABPP
University of Illinois-Chicago
Chicago Electrical Trauma Rehabilitation Institute

Electrical injury can be associated with cognitive and behavioral health changes that often persist and are not well understood.  In addition to physical concerns and chronic pain, cognitive difficulties and problems with emotion regulation can develop and, if not adequately treated, these symptoms can interfere with the survivor’s functioning and quality of life.  The focus of this presentation will be on the neuropsychological issues that can arise following electrical shock injuries based on research conducted over two decades at the Chicago Electrical Trauma Rehabilitation Institute, and how this form of trauma compares to other types of traumatic injuries.

After the webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Identify common physiological changes that emerge after electrical injury.
2. Describe factors that influence recognition of cognitive changes in electrical injury.
3. Assess differences in clinical presentation between electrical injury and closed head injury.

Target Audience: 
Psychologists and other behavioral health providers who work with trauma patients
Instructional Level:  Introductory

Dr. Neil Pliskin
is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology in the University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Pliskin serves as Director of Neuropsychology services at UI Health, and has had 30+ years of experience working as a clinical neuropsychologist and directing clinical neuropsychology training programs. Dr. Pliskin is past President of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Psychological Association and is a Fellow of APA and NAN. Dr. Pliskin has strong scientific interests in the neuropsychological sequelae of medical illness and brain trauma (particularly electrical shock injuries). Dr. Pliskin is a Fellow of the APA’s Division of Clinical Neuropsychology and was awarded a Presidential Citation by the American Psychological Association in 2010 for dedicated service to the profession “as an advocate, scientist, educator and practitioner of clinical neuropsychology”.

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Past, Present, and Future of Performance Validity Assessment 

September 23, 2021

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET
1.5 CE Credits

Presented by: 
Jason Soble, Ph.D., ABPP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology
University of Illinois (UIC) College of Medicine at Chicago

This webinar will provide a general review of the evolution of performance validity tests (PVTs) and address the major milestones in PVT research over the past two decades, as the relevance of validity assessment has expanded beyond medicolegal contexts to general clinical practice and neuropsychological research. Current standards and best practices, as informed by PVT research and cross-validation, will be elucidated to enhance participants’ understanding of the strengths and limitations of various validity assessment paradigms and to inform PVT selection and clinical interpretation. Further, practical strategies and relevant considerations for integrating evidence-based performance validity assessment into neuropsychological evaluations with diverse diagnostic populations across forensic, clinical, and research contexts will be discussed. Finally, critical avenues for expanding future PVT research will be explored.

After the webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Explain the evolution of performance validity tests (PVTs) over the past two decades.
2. Discuss the necessity of performance validity assessment in clinical, forensic, and research contexts.
3. Articulate practical considerations for PVT selection and interpretation among diverse diagnostic groups.
4. Identify relevant limitations of current PVT science and describe areas requiring future research.

Target Audience:  Clinical Neuropsychologists

Instructional Level:
  Intermediate to Advanced

Dr. Soble is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Neurology at the University of Illinois (UIC) College of Medicine at Chicago. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, FL. Prior to joining the faculty at UIC, he was a Staff Neuropsychologist at the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System in San Antonio, TX. His clinical interests include neuropsychological assessment of adults with dementia, complex neurological/medical disorders, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as working with veteran/active duty military populations. His research broadly investigates the psychometric/diagnostic properties and clinical utility of neuropsychological tests, particularly performance and symptom validity tests, as well as neuropsychological sequalae associated with TBI and other neurological disorders.
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