This episode is a conversation with Dr. Urvashi Shah about neuropsychology in India. The discussion covers the Indian healthcare system, cultural and religious beliefs/values that impact healthcare, the history of neuropsychology, training in neuropsychology, clinical work and research, cognitive rehabilitation, challenges of neuropsychology in India, available test batteries, and future directions.
In this episode, we discuss the neuropsychology of stroke with Dr. Ronald Lazar. Specific topics covered include definitions of cerebrovascular terminology, stroke epidemiology, neurovascular anatomy, neuroimaging techniques, risk factors, health disparities, prognosis, mental health factors, and both acute and long-term treatment strategies.
In this episode, we discuss reliable change with Dr. Kevin Duff. Specific topics covered include the purpose of serial assessment, classical test theory, test retest reliability, an introduction to practice effects, factors that increase or decrease practice effects, the reliable change index, standardized regression-based equations, and clinical factors impacting the interpretation of reliable change data.
In this episode, we discuss big picture conceptual issues related to functional neuroanatomy, with Dr. Hal Blumenfeld. Specific topics covered include the purpose of the neurological exam, the brain as a distributed network, Korbinian Brodmann’s areas, the hierarchical and topographic organization of the brain, horizontal cell layers of the cortex, lateralization, cortical columns, the corticospinal […]
Laura McWhirter graduated MBChB from the University of Edinburgh in 2008, having taken an unusual route to medicine after a degree in music from the University of York in 2001. Dr McWhirter completed specialist training in General Adult and Liaison Psychiatry in South East Scotland in June 2018. She has been active in neuropsychiatry research […]
In this episode, we discuss the long-term cognitive and mental health effects of sport related concussion, which includes an in depth conversation about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), with Dr. Nyaz Didehbani. Specific topics covered include methodological limitations of the literature on long-term effects of concussion, risk of neurodegenerative diseases from TBI (mild to severe), and […]
This episode is a conversation with Dr. Antonio Verdejo-Garcia about the neuropsychology of addiction. We cover addiction epidemiology, the syndrome model, neurobiology, transdiagnostic constructs such as compulsivity, behavioral addictions, cognitive profiles linked to substances of abuse, and behavioral, pharmacological, and cognitive treatments for people with addictions.
This episode is a wide ranging discussion of Parkinson’s disease, with Dr. Sara Schaefer. The conversation begins with basic facts, features, and concepts, and then moves into more complex topics, while covering many critical factors for neuropsychologists to consider. It includes a focus on diagnosis/symptoms, epidemiology, core neuropathology, neurodiagnostic approaches, risk factors (e.g., REM behavior […]
Podcast Episode 118 — Ecological Validity and Technology in Neuropsychology – With Dr. Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe
This episode is a conversation with Dr. Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe about ecological validity, with a focus on methods for capitalizing on digital technologies to maximize ecological validity in neuropsychology. We cover definitions, methods for assessing ecological validity, naturalistic assessment, smart homes, sensors, privacy and security, and a digital memory notebook.
This episode is a broad overview of brain health in adults. We discuss methods for encouraging positive brain health behavior change in our patients, how to help patients who have little to no motivation for change (“precontemplation” stage), the importance of tailoring feedback to a patient’s level of health literacy, research support for various forms […]