Clinical Neuropsychology: A Pocket Handbook for Assessment

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Michael W. Parsons, Thomas A. Hammeke
American Psychological Association, 2014 - Medical - 743 pages
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"As with earlier editions, we hope that this book will serve as a diagnostic starting point, providing a roadmap for evaluation and additional avenues for exploration with every patient. The content of this book has been significantly updated. Not only are there new topics covered in their own chapters (e.g., Chapter 7 on cultural neuropsychology, Chapter 25 on drug abuse and impulse control disorders, Chapter 27 on somatic symptom disorders) but also each chapter integrates the latest developments in the field. This includes information regarding DSM-5 in relevant chapters and studies of functional brain imaging throughout the book. In addition to the novel design and new content, the organization of Clinical Neuropsychology has been updated. The handbook consists of four sections: The chapters in Part I, Clinical Neuropsychology: General Issues, are procedural and methodological in nature. Parts II (Neurological Disorders, in which many of the most common neurologic problems that neuropsychologists evaluate are reviewed), III (Neuropsychological Syndromes, describing the core features and assessment of the "wheelhouse" of neuropsychology), and IV (Psychiatric Disorders and Behavioral Syndromes, in which the most common psychiatric problems that neuropsychologists evaluate are reviewed) are focused on clinical assessment of the disorder or syndrome. Although the book covers a broad range of neuropsychology topics, the reader should be aware that the specific disorders and problems faced by children (and hence pediatric neuropsychologists) receive lighter treatment than adult disorders. The growth in pediatric neuropsychology has been tremendous, and attempting to cover the entire life span in a single volume is simply not feasible. We have included chapters on the core issues in the assessment of children (Chapter 6) and a chapter on the most common developmental disorders that neuropsychologists evaluate (Chapter 22), as well as discussing relevant pediatric issues in certain disorders (e.g., Chapter 9). However, it is my opinion that the field will benefit from a handbook specifically devoted to the neuropsychological evaluation of children"--Book. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved).

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Michael W. Parsons, PhD, ABPP, graduated from the University of Virginia, USA and earned his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He completed an internship at the University of Florida/Shands Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has been on the faculty of Medical College of Wisconsin briefly before joining the faculty of West Virginia University School of Medicine, where he attained the rank of Associate Professor.

During his 7 years at West Virginia University, Dr. Parsons directed the clinical psychology internship program and developed a program for clinical fMRI. He joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2007, serving as Staff in the Section of Neuropsychology with appointments in the Center for Behavioral Health and the Burkhardt Brain Tumor Center.

Dr. Parsons'' research has included numerous functional brain imaging studies of processes of learning and memory. His work has included studies of the clinical applications of fMRI. More recently, his research has focused on neuropsychological and neuroimaging studies of clinical conditions including brain tumor and concussion.

He publishes regularly in scholarly journals and presents at scientific conferences. He has participated in studies funded by private foundations, the National Institutes of Mental Health, and the Department of Defense. He participates regularly in training at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels. His clinical interests include neurocognitive problems in adults. He has developed the program for neuropsychology at the Burkhardt Brain Tumor Center at the Cleveland Clinic.

Thomas Alan Hammeke, PhD, ABPP, graduated summa cum laude from Fort Hays State University, USA, and attained his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of South Dakota, USA.

He completed an internship at the Clement J. Zablocki VAMC in Milwaukee and subsequently a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He then joined the faculty in the Department of Neurology at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he rose in the ranks to Professor and was Director of the Division of Neuropsychology for 25 years.

While there, he also assisted in development and served as the Director of Training of an APA accredited postdoctoral residency program. He transitioned to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin in 2010 and became the lead neuropsychologist for the Polytrauma Program at Zablocki VAMC and the preceptor for a postdoctoral residency program in clinical neuropsychology.

Dr. Hammeke has received research grants from the National Academy of Neuropsychology, American Heart Association of Wisconsin, and NFL Charities, among other organization and foundations. His research has concentrated on use of neurocognitive tests and functional imaging techniques in study of neuropathological conditions, in particular traumatic brain injury and epilepsy.

He has co-authored more than 75 peer-reviewed research publications, 25 book chapters and 5 books, and made scientific presentations on his work in North America, Europe and North Korea. He has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society and on the editorial board of Neuropsychology and The Clinical Neuropsychologist, and done ad hoc research reviews for 11 neuroscience journals and National Institute for Disability Research and Rehabilitation.

He was the founding president of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology, and served as president of APA Division 40 (Neuropsychology) and the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. He is a fellow of APA (Division 40) and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. He was honored with the Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award from the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology in 2013.

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