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NAN BOOK SERIES

Series Editor: L. Stephen Miller, Ph.D.

The National Academy of Neuropsychology Book Series on Evidenced-Based Practice is an exciting direction for NAN. It is derived from the recognition of the need for accessible materials focusing on empirical evidence aimed at improving the quality of informed clinical decision making.

The Series aims to provide thorough and accurate resources directly applicable to the everyday needs and demands of clinical neuropsychology, and that are presented in a meaningful and accessible way, offering the latest knowledge based on the most recent and rigorous scientific evidence within the field.

The Series is designed to be a dynamic and ever-growing set of resources for the science-based clinical neuropsychologist. As such, the volumes are intended to individually focus on specific significant areas of neuropsychological inquiry in depth, and together cover the majority of the broad clinical area of neuropsychology. This is a challenging endeavor, and one which relies on the foremost experts in the neuropsychological field to provide their insight, knowledge, and interpretation of the empirically-supported evidence within each focused topic.

Each volume is intended to provide an exhaustive review of their respective topic, yet there are a number of constants across the volumes including a commitment to providing evidence-based information, maintaining a consistent format, the provision of information directly and readily usable to the clinical neuropsychologist in everyday practice, and the provision of information in such a way as to make it accessible as a "pull off the shelf" resource. Finally, each volume is designed to work within a pedagogical strategy that educates and informs the knowledgeable neuropsychologist and providing meaningful (i.e., read "useful") information geared toward enhancing the practice of neuropsychology.

Current Volumes in the National Academy of Neuropsychology Series on Evidence-Based Practices:
  • Civil Capacities in Clinical Neuropsychology: Research Findings and Practical Applications, Edited by George Demakis
  • Secondary Influences on Neuropsychological Test Performance, Edited by Peter Arnett
  • Neuropsychological Aspects of Substance Use Disorders: Evidence-Based Perspectives, Edited by Daniel N. Allen and Steven Paul Woods

 

Read the NAN Book Series & Earn CE Credit

You can earn 7 CE credits per book in the NAN Book Series by reading one of the designated books and completing an online quiz.

To Receive CE Credit:

  • Read one of the CE-designated books in its entirety (you may purchase one of the designated books online).
  • Register for the specific book for which you wish to receive CE credit.
  • Correctly complete all questions on the quiz.

Cost to Earn CE Credit:

  • Members: $75
  • Non-Members: $95

 

Civil Capacities in Clinical Neuropsychology: Research Findings and Practical Applications

Edited by George Demakis

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Clinical neuropsychologists are increasingly involved in the evaluation of civil capacities and are in demand by other professionals, particularly attorneys and judges, to assist their decision-making about these sometimes complex issues. While there has been some neuropsychological research in this area, this has not been assembled into a single volume nor have practice recommendations been provided. This volume fills these gaps. The first part of this volume reviews and synthesizes the research literature on neuropsychological aspects of civil capacities. The specific capacities addressed include driving, financial and healthcare decision-making, testamentary (i.e., will-making) capacity, and personal care and independence. Each chapter addresses relevant background issues, conceptual/theoretical advances, and empirical findings. The chapters also include an illustrative case study that demonstrates how the authors (each expert in the various areas) evaluated and conceptualized the case. Each chapter is written from an evidence-based perspective and, where appropriate, uses research to inform practice recommendations. The second part of this volume provides recommendations to practitioners on how to conduct civil capacity evaluations that utilize neuropsychological assessment. There are chapters on an evaluative framework for the assessment, capacity test selection and psychometric issues, working with other data sources besides testing (e.g., collateral interviews), best practices in report-writing and testifying, as well as common ethical issues in such cases. Throughout, these chapters provide practical "how to" advice to improve neuropsychological practice and consulting in civil capacity cases. In addition to these chapters, there is a chapter written by legal consumers of psychological reports. This chapter offers a wealth of useful information and recommendations that, if followed, will further serve to advance psychological report-writing and consultation in civil capacity evaluations.

Upon completion of this CE activity, the reader will be able to:

  1. Summarize basic issues and concepts in civil capacity evaluations.
  2. Compare clinical assessment of capacity and legal determination of competency.
  3. Develop a framework for the evaluation of civil capacities.
  4. Identify non-cognitive influences on decisional capacity.
  5. Outline legal issues and procedures in the competency evaluation.
  6. Discuss ethical issues in capacity and competency evaluations.
  7. Detail recommendations for future research on civil capacity instruments.

Target Audience: Neuropsychologists, physicians, attorneys

Instructional Level: Intermediate

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Secondary Influences on Neuropsychological Test Performance

Edited by Peter Arnett

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It has long been appreciated among clinical neuropsychologists that both primary and secondary factors contribute to cognitive dysfunction in neurological patients. Primary influences are the direct result of the extent and location of damage to the brain. Secondary influences stem from something associated with brain injury or disease besides the specific areas of the brain affected. For example, a patient with a neurological disease may develop depression, something which in turn often impacts cognitive functioning. Other secondary factors associated with disease besides depression can also negatively impact cognitive functioning, including anxiety, pain, fatigue, and motor impairments, to name a few.

Despite the widespread appreciation of the importance of such secondary factors on cognitive functioning in clinical neuropsychology, there has never been a single source for this information that is readily available to clinicians and researchers. The present volume provides such a source, using an evidence-based framework comprised of two broad sections. The first section includes chapters that comprehensively address particular secondary influences, independent of any particular neurological disorder. For example, there are chapters on the impact on cognitive functioning of depression, anxiety, fatigue, pain, diagnosis threat, and symptom invalidity. The second section has chapters that focus on specific neurological conditions and the most salient secondary factors that need to be considered in these conditions. Multiple Sclerosis, HIV, Parkinson's Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, Alzheimer's Disease/MCI/Stroke, and Epilepsy are all considered. The chapters include vivid case studies that illustrate the principles outlined in the chapters to help clinicians consider how such principles can apply to particular patients. Chapters also include evidence-based guidelines for clinical practice. The final chapter highlights some areas especially in need of further research and study that will be of particular interest and importance to clinicians.

Upon completion of this CE activity, the reader will be able to:

  1. Describe the distinction between primary and secondary influences on cognitive impairment.
  2. Discuss the range of secondary influences that should be considered in neuropsychological evaluation.
  3. Explain why examining secondary influences in a neuropsychological context is important.
  4. Prepare for the assessment of secondary factors that may be causing/contributing to cognitive and functional deficits.
  5. Interpret neuropsychological results in the context of secondary factors.
  6. Describe several key areas for future investigation in relation to secondary influences on cognitive functioning.

Target Audience: Neuropsychologists

Instructional Level: Intermediate

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Neuropsychological Aspects of Substance Use Disorders: Evidence-Based Perspectives

Edited by Daniel N. Allen and Steven Paul Woods – Coming Soon for CE Credit!

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In Neuropsychological Aspects of Substance Use Disorders, internationally recognized experts provide clinicians with the most up to date information on the neuropsychology of substance use disorders based on the empirical literature. Substance use disorders continue to be a major health concern in the United States and worldwide, although their causes and effective treatments remain elusive. Research in this area has expanded dramatically over the past two decades and provided insights into psychobiological, behavioral, and genetic factors that contribute to the onset and maintenance of substance use disorders and associated neuropsychological abnormalities. This research has provided a strong empirical foundation that has direct implications for clinical neuropsychological practice and created a need to provide the practitioner with a cogent and up-to-date summary of current developments, which is the goal of this volume. Chapters in this volume are organized into three sections that are designed to provide a translational overview of basic research and treatment findings regarding addictions, neuropsychological and neurological sequalae of the most common substances of abuse, and consideration of special issues that might confound interpretation of neuropsychological test results. Section I provides an overview of addictions, including diagnoses based on the DSM-IV, as well as the most current conceptualizations of addiction from psychobiological, genetic, and behavioral and no economics perspectives, providing the reader with a broad evidence-based conceptual framework. Section II reviews the most common substances of abuse including coverage of structural and functional neuroimaging findings, epidemiological evidence, and neuropsychological sequelae. Substances included in this section represent the most commonly encountered drugs of abuse. Section III includes coverage of the number of special topics, including specific issues related to psychiatric, medical, and neurological comorbidities. Topics included in this section represent areas of common concerns faced by clinical neuropsychologists in the interpretation and application of neuropsychological test results.