Session Abstracts

Workshop Title & Abstract CEs
1. Work Life Integration Panel Discussion & Presentation by TCN Student Paper Winner
Panelists: Alissa Butts, PhD, ABPP, Derin Cobia, PhD, and Andrea Huebner, PhD, ABPP
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2. Preparing for Subspecialty Certification in Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN)
Kelly McNally, PhD, ABPP, Dalin Pulsipher, PhD, ABPP, & Rachel Tangen, PhD, ABPP


The goal of this workshop is to provide information, resources, and support for individuals considering pursuing subspecialty certification in Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology through ABCN/American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). This workshop will provide an overview of the three-step evaluation process that includes 1) determination of eligibility and credential review, 2) written examination, and 3) submission of a practice sample. The credential review assures that the candidate has obtained parent board certification in Clinical Neuropsychology and received appropriate education, training, supervised clinical experiences, and independent clinical experience specifically in pediatric clinical neuropsychology. Once credentials are approved, candidates become eligible to take the Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology Written Examination. After successful completion of the first two steps, the candidate is eligible to proceed to the final stage of subspecialty certification by submitting one (1) practice sample case for expert review. In this workshop, we will discuss the rationale and benefits of the pediatric subspecialty. We will provide information and resources to support the progression of candidates interested in pursuing subspecialty board certification in Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology, including providing information about support for candidates with diverse backgrounds. We will review relevant functional and foundational competencies including how multicultural competency will be assessed as part of the examination process.
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3. ABCN Maintenance of Certification (MOC): A Review of Process and Procedures
Darcy Cox, PsyD, ABPP & Leslie Guidotti Breting, PhD, ABPP


This presentation provides an overview of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) process. The presentation will provide a summary of MOC basics, including MOC requirements and timelines for application submissions. A MOC application exercise (mock MOC) will be presented to showcase the electronic MOC application and to illustrate the array of professional activities that an applicant may cite in support of the successful MOC application. A primary aim of the presentation is to emphasize that MOC is NOT a process of ABCN re-examination or completion of any formal testing, but rather a systematic process of documenting one's routine professional activities in neuropsychology that serve to maintain competence, including competence serving culturally, ethnically, racially, and linguistically diverse populations, over the course of one's career.
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4. Cognition in the Little Brain
Darlene P. Floden, PhD, ABPP


The cerebellum is no longer viewed as just a motor structure. We are learning more about the nuanced contributions that the cerebellum makes to cognition. The goal of this workshop is to bring clinicians up to date on the field of cerebellar cognition. We will examine the anatomy and connectivity of the cerebellum to understand the basis for its involvement in cognition. We will review new and pivotal findings from the cognitive neuroscience literature that help to elucidate specific aspects of cerebellar function and consider proposed theoretical frameworks that may be useful to conceptualize the cerebellum's role in behavior. We then turn to the epidemiology of common cerebellar disorders and how cerebellar damage or dysfunction manifests clinically using a series of illustrative case samples.
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5. Ethical Dilemmas in Mild Cognitive Impairment: Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Treatment Recommendations
Kevin Duff, PhD, ABPP


Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is considered a prodromal phase of Alzheimer's disease, which has been extensively studied over the past two decades, especially within the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI). Despite the massive amount of research on MCI (e.g., >2,000 publications on PubMed in 2019), there are still many unanswered questions about its diagnosis, prognosis across time, and its response to intervention. Since MCI is a frequently deliberated diagnosis when working with older patients, it can lead to a number of ethical dilemmas for neuropsychologists, both in clinical and research settings. The current workshop will examine some of these. For example, the classification of MCI in ADNI typically requires a subjective memory complaint, low score on a single memory test, and report of intact daily functioning. However, in clinical practice, such thin criteria for diagnosis might be concerning. Tracking changes across time in MCI is also fraught with many ethical quandaries (e.g., only consider discrete categories [stable vs. convert] or subtler, continuous changes? what to do with reversions? which types of MCI lead to which types of dementia?). Given inconsistent results of clinical trials in MCI, what treatment recommendations (if any) would be evidence-based for the individual patient? How might one apply knowledge of MCI gained in ADNI to MCI due to other etiologies (e.g., Parkinson's disease, vascular disease, cancer, psychiatric condition, etc.)? Finally, given that ADNI samples are largely white, non-Latino, how will these results apply to an increasingly diverse society of older adults?
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6. Pediatric Neuropsychology Subspecialty Interest Group
Featuring Current Topics in Pediatric Neuropsychology
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7. Forensic Special Interest Group
Featuring Current Topics in Forensic Neuropsychology
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8. AACN Special Program: The Road to Relevance - Race, Culture, and the Revision of the Houston Conference Guidelines
Anthony Y. Stringer, PhD, Anita Hamilton, PhD, ABPP, Anita Sim, PhD, ABPP, Veronica Bordes Edgar, PhD, ABPP, Jennifer Manly, PhD, ABPP, & Karen Postal, PhD, ABPP


The Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology was held in September 1997. The resulting Houston Conference Guidelines (HCG) were widely adopted by training programs and are associated with a high level of preparedness for professional practice in clinical neuropsychology (Sweet et. al, 2010). Though prevailing opinion has been that they have not needed revision in the 24 years since their drafting, the HCG should be responsive both to developments in the field of neuropsychology and changes in society at large. Multiple developments now call for an HCG revision, including the initiatives established to examine and dismantle systemic racism within every major neuropsychological organization and the recognition that the changing demographics of American society no longer allow us to rely on largely monolingual and monocultural assessment techniques. This workshop examines the corrosive effect of systemic racism on efforts to increase diversity in neuropsychology (e.g., training, professional development, and leadership) and the vital role played by identity-based organizations (e.g., the Hispanic, Asian, and Black neuropsychological societies) in evolving the profession. The workshop will conclude with a prescription for incorporating diverse racial and cultural perspectives in future training guidelines for clinical neuropsychology.
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9. AACN Town Hall Meeting None
10. Leadership over the Course of One's Career: Influence, Values, Motivation and Overcoming Fears
Cynthia S. Kubu, PhD, ABPP, Monica Rivera-Mindt, PhD, ABPP, Anita Sim, PhD, ABPP, Lucas D. Driskell, PsyD, & Gordon Chelune, PhD, ABPP


Training in neuropsychology typically emphasizes the nuts and bolts of our profession: functional neuroanatomy, test theory, statistics, research design, clinical psychology, neurological and psychiatric diagnostic criteria and the underlying neuropathology. Relatively little emphasis is placed on professional development vis-a-vis the development of leadership skills - particularly in the context of the changes inherent in one's professional career over the lifespan. We contend that the intentional development of leadership skills is critical for our field. This workshop defines leadership as influence and will provide participants with a brief overview of the leadership literature, including the importance of emotional intelligence. Second, the workshop will focus on providing participants with a pragmatic path to help develop and exercise their own individual leadership capabilities over the course of their career. Finally, the workshop will feature diverse panelists who will share their motivations and the risks associated with embracing their unique leadership path.
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11. Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychological Practice and Ethics: A Primer
Ida Sue Baron, PhD, ABPP & Joel E. Morgan, PhD, ABPP


This workshop is intended for pediatric neuropsychologists who have little or no experience conducting forensic neuropsychological evaluations as an expert witness. Content will cover core issues and ethical considerations to help attendees decide if they wish to provide neuropsychological consultation to the legal profession. Discussion will begin with comment on the forensic setting and basic steps following initial plaintiff/defense attorney contact. It will continue with actions to take on acceptance of a referral, strategies in support of a role as an expert witness responsive to cultural and ethnicity/racial contexts, and report writing do's and don'ts. Case examples from the presenters' pediatric practices over claims of injury/wrongdoing (e.g., medical malpractice, personal injury) will also address the opposing expert work product. Actual cross-examination questions and answers from deposition and trial will be presented. This workshop should be informative to attendees considering whether to offer expert witness consultation.
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12. Disruptive Technologies in Neuropsychological Assessment: How Smart Are Smart Things?
Russell M. Bauer, PhD, ABPP, David Sabsevitz, PhD, ABPP, & Robert Bilder, PhD, ABPP


Ubiquitous sensing technologies are revolutionizing the ways that data are acquired about all human activities, and the Internet of (IoT) is already leading to the aggregation of Big Data about us on an enormous scale. The IoT includes implantable and wearable devices, along with sensing technologies built into our phones, computers, cars, homes, offices, highways, airports and other public spaces, and satellites. Already these smart devices do well at predicting our locations, activities, and many preferences, leading to major developments in commerce. The use of data from smart things to advance the goals of medical assessment and intervention are so far more limited but developing rapidly. Passive sensing from mobile devices already shows validity in predicting mood disorders, and many apps to assess cognitive functioning from passive sensing are under development. The Smart Home already is useful in neuropsychological (NP) assessment and intervention. Will these tools replace clinical NP assessment? Can we use data from the IoT to augment our current assessments and enhance ecological validity? What ethical concerns need to be addressed in deploying ubiquitous sensing technologies? Our committee members will present a survey of the current state of the evidence, reviewing published data on the applications of smart things to address clinical NP questions. Complementing this academic review will be brief presentations from (a) Hamet Watt, who will describe emerging smart technologies from the perspective of venture capitalists; (b) Alvaro Fernandez, who will describe global marketplace trends for smart things; and (c) Adam Haim, who will present the perspective of the NIH Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Research programs. Following these brief presentations, an open panel discussion and Q&A session will include all participants to consider the short-term and long-term impacts of emerging technologies on the practice of clinical neuropsychology.
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13. One Size Does Not Fit All: Considerations and Lessons Learned While Practicing Neuropsychology in the Midst of a Pandemic
Susan McPherson, PhD, ABPP, Jennifer Cass, PhD, ABPP, Dean Beebe, PhD, ABPP, Carly Anderson, PhD, ABPP, & Kira Armstrong, PhD, ABPP


The coronavirus pandemic required neuropsychologists to rapidly adapt nearly all of our fundamental methods of assessment and training. Early in the crisis, multiple workshops and presentations focused on reviewing the limited tele-neuropsychology literature, the pros and cons of in-person/virtual/hybrid approaches, and related ethical and legal considerations. With the benefit of hindsight, this discussion-oriented session will highlight the impressively varied ways our profession has adapted. Pandemic-era clinical practice has ranged from in-person evaluations to completely virtual evaluations, with hybrid models spanning any gaps. This workshop will emphasize the many creative paths neuropsychologists applied to these varied right ways of providing responsible clinical care. Indeed, the pandemic has required neuropsychologists to navigate through rapid change and demonstrate a tremendous level of resilience, flexibility, and creativity, possibly more than ever before. Through these challenges come opportunities and ongoing lessons learned for our practice in the event of future pandemics or other public health crises.
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14. Neuropsychologists Promoting Brain Health Through Products, Services, and the Media: Perspectives from Three Scientist-Practitioners
Michelle Braun, PhD, ABPP, John Randolph, PhD, ABPP, & Karen D. Sullivan, PhD, ABPP


The vast majority of brain health products on the market have little to no scientific merit, and cost consumers valuable time and money. Neuropsychologists are uniquely qualified to lead the development of science-based products and services in the rapidly expanding brain health marketplace but often receive little to no training for these activities. Panelists will discuss the research on brain health and its relationship to positive neuropsychology and cultural variables, including opportunities for intervention in diverse populations; strategies for the assessment of lifestyle factors related to brain health; business models to monetize brain health services; and tips for communicating with the public via social media, television, radio, blog, print media, lectures, and books (with a discussion of academic, trade, and self-publishing options). Panelists will share stories from their own non-traditional paths related to promoting brain health in clinical practice, through culturally-informed community outreach, and with referral sources. Interactive components will provide attendees with a framework to develop their own products, services, and media for clinical populations of interest. Didactic content will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session to personalize content for attendees.
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15. Pain Psychology for Neuropsychologists: An Updated Review of Empirical Literature on the Psychologically Complicated Pain Patient Seen in a Medicolegal Context
Kevin J. Bianchini, PhD, ABN


Neuropsychologists are commonly called upon to perform evaluations of patients who present primarily with physical injury and pain (versus primarily a neurocognitive presentation). This workshop is designed to help improve neuropsychologistsknowledge of the scientific foundation for assessments of pain patients. Participants will develop a working knowledge of how a variety of psychological factors negatively impact important outcomes (including symptom complaints and return to work) in patients whose primary complaint is physical injury/pain. Participants will also be able to understand empirically based risk factors that help identify when psychological factors are complicating pain outcomes. The modern peer-reviewed literature on psychological complications, psychological risk factors, and pain will be reviewed. Assessment strategies for identifying at-risk patients will also be reviewed.
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16. The Neuropsychology of Developmental Social Cognition: Models, Measures, and Manifestations
Miriam Beauchamp, PhD


The emergence of the ability to understand the perspective of others, engage in satisfying social interactions, and gain social autonomy are key moments in human development. Disruptions in the brain-behavioral relations underlying social functioning at any time along the way can disrupt the delicate balance between the environmental, brain and cognitive processes that underlie social competence, and can lead to social impairments and maladaptive behaviors. Empirical evidence from social neuroscience supports the idea that there is a "social brain" responsible for social-cognitive skills, such as theory of mind, empathy, and moral reasoning. Neuropsychologists therefore play a critical role in assessing social cognition and identifying social problems within developmental and acquired conditions. This workshop explores the theoretical, cognitive, and neural foundations of social cognition and competence, and presents practical applications of this knowledge to the clinical assessment of children and adolescents with childhood brain insult.
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17. Ethics, Errors, and Bias in the Practice of Forensic Neuropsychology
Robert Heilbronner, PhD, ABPP, Kyle B. Boone, PhD, ABPP, & Christopher Grote, PhD, ABPP


With over 100 years of combined forensic experience, the workshop presenters will provide attendees with salient information and interesting insights from their real-life experiences as neuropsychological experts. Emphasis will be directed toward some of the ethical principles and forensic guidelines which are particularly relevant to the practice of forensic neuropsychology. Identification of some of the more common errors made by neuropsychologists and methods for maintaining objectivity and credibility will be discussed. The influence of harmful bias from various sources and influences throughout the forensic process will be discussed, with specific recommendations for managing it in reports and testimony. Presenters will also highlight the importance of recognizing the impact of multicultural factors in test interpretation, report-writing, and testimony.
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18. Clinically Relevant Functional Neuroanatomy XV: Neuroanatomy's Greatest Hits
Russell M. Bauer, PhD, ABPP


To celebrate the 15th installment in the Clinically Relevant Functional Neuroanatomy series, this presentation will provide a historical review of several key landmark discoveries in the neuroanatomy of cognition. We will cover: (a) human and animal models of memory and amnesia, starting with HM, (b) the two visual system concept, (c) the neuroanatomy of working memory, (d) re-entrant loops involving frontal-subcortical interaction for selective engagement of cognition, and (e) disconnection theory of classic neuropsychological syndromes. Each section will discuss key features of the underlying neuroanatomy and will highlight how each concept has contributed in an ongoing way to our understanding of critical brain-behavior relationships and clinical neuropsychological syndromes.
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19. Student & Training Director Hour None
20. AACN Scientific Poster Session None
21. TCN Presents: Hot Topics in Culture and Gender in Clinical Neuropsychology
Monica Rivera Mindt, PhD, ABPP, Robin C. Hilsabeck, PhD, ABPP, Maria J. Marquine, PhD, & Emily H. Trittschuh, PhD


Among the goals of the Culture and Gender Department (CGD) of The Clinical Neuropsychologist (TCN) is to advance empirically-based practice and engage in open, scientific dialogue about issues related to culture and gender in clinical neuropsychology. In the spirit of this mission, the CGD Editors will facilitate an active discussion about two hot topics in culture and gender, normative data for Spanish-speaking individuals in the US and neuropsychological assessment of transgender individuals. After a brief overview of the CGD, key findings from the Neuropsychological Norms for the US-Mexico Border Region in Spanish (NP-NUMBRS) project will be presented, followed by discussion of limitations and future directions. In the gender portion of the workshop, research and clinical considerations for neuropsychological assessment of transgender individuals will be reviewed and gaps in knowledge and methodology will be discussed. A theoretical framework to contextualize the work will also be discussed.
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22. Back to School: Ethical and Responsible Practice for Neuropsychologists in Educational Settings
Peter L. Stavinoha, PhD, ABPP & Shelley L. F. Pelletier, PhD, NCSP, ABPP


For neuropsychologists working with children and adolescents, clinical work almost always intersects with schools. Whether through school staff reviewing your report, formal consultation arrangements between the neuropsychologist and school/district, or even as independent evaluator, all neuropsychologists working with children eventually interact with schools in some manner. Understanding the culture and unique nomenclature of schools is essential to optimize the effectiveness of our work. Students may be clinically referred, self-referred by parents, referred by a school, or even referred as part of mediation or due process. While in all cases neuropsychologists complete evaluations presumably independent of bias, working with schools presents unique practical and ethical challenges that may differ according to context and role. It is critical that neuropsychologists have a firm understanding of their role, laws governing public education, socioeconomic and cultural/linguistic factors affecting access to assessment and services, and the needs of the various stakeholders involved. This workshop offers practical guidance for involvement in these quasi-forensic evaluations which present unique challenges that may not be evident in typical clinical cases. Specific ethical challenges and examples will be presented and discussed, with the goal of providing suggestions for optimal resolution when possible. Special emphasis is given to Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs) as this is a potentially fruitful and valuable line of service within the purview of pediatric neuropsychologists.
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23. Global Neuropsychology: Expanding Demographic Regression-Based Norms to Account for Nationality, Language, and Literacy
David J. Schretlen, PhD, ABPP & Ralph H.B. Benedict, PhD, ABPP


Diseases and other conditions that affect any biological system can disrupt cognitive function. Two trends in medical research involve precision-based medicine and the use of big data to identify homogeneous patient subgroups. Consistent with these trends, in this course we describe three projects that are extending regression-based normative methods to calibrate cognitive performance for age, sex, education/literacy, nationality, and language. These projects include the Brief International Cognitive Assessment for Multiple Sclerosis (BICAMS), International Normative Database Initiative (INNDI), and Global Neuropsychological Assessment (GNA). While the BICAMS applies to a single disease, the INNDI and GNA apply more broadly. The GNA is a brief neuropsychological test battery with five alternate forms. Our work on it was supported by a grant from the AACN Relevance 2050 initiative. Here we will present evidence of the potential value of using global normative data for clinical practice and research. We also invite colleagues to contribute to this project in exchange for free access to GNA test materials.
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24. Introduction to Aviation Neuropsychology
Randy J. Georgemiller, PhD, ABPP, Gary G. Kay, PhD, ABN, & Jason A. King, PhD, ABPP


The goal of this workshop is to provide an overview of professional neuropsychological practice in aviation and aeromedical settings. This is a specialized area of practice with many nuances. The three presenters will provide different perspectives, including that of a neuropsychologist clinician performing these evaluations, a representative from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) explaining what the FAA needs and expects from neuropsychologists performing these evaluations, as well as an overview of CogScreen-Aeromedical Edition from the test's developer. Topics covered will include FAA regulatory standards for airman medical certification, discussion of the various brain-related conditions that trigger the requirement for neuropsychological evaluations, the composition of the neuropsychological test batteries required by the FAA, issues surrounding which norms to use and how to present examinee scores, and practical issues regarding scheduling evaluations and communicating results to the FAA and aviation medical examiners. Resources for additional education and training in aviation neuropsychology will also be discussed.
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25. Forensic Grand Rounds: Malingering in Cases with Hidden External Incentives
Ryan W. Schroeder, PsyD, ABPP, Phillip K. Martin, PhD, ABPP, & Jacobus Donders, PhD, ABPP


There has been a growing awareness that malingering can occur when not originally suspected. Sometimes this might be related to examinees pursing evaluations for dual reasons, such as treatment and documentation for disability; other times, this might be due to examinees neglecting to report their true reasons for pursuing evaluations. This Forensic Grand Rounds workshop will focus upon the topic of malingering in cases where hidden external incentives were present. Three expert panelists will present cases where malingering occurred despite external incentives not being originally known. The panelists will discuss their rationales as to why malingering was suspected, providing conceptualizations informed by patient specific background characteristics, identified external incentives, and test performances.
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26. Preparing for the ABPP Board Certification Examination in Clinical Neuropsychology: Everything You Wanted to Know but Didn't Know Who to Ask: Policies and Procedures (Session 1 of 3)
Anthony Y. Stringer, PhD, ABPP, Julie Bobholz, PhD, ABPP, & Rodney Vanderploeg, PhD, ABPP


Specialty board certification in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) for all practicing and teaching clinical neuropsychologists is a major goal of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). This includes clinical neuropsychologists who work with children, as well as those who work with adults. This workshop is designed to familiarize the potential candidate with the policies and procedures of the ABCN examination and to provide advice on study and preparation. Session 1 reviews the history and development of board certification in neuropsychology, current policies and procedures for the board examination, and the process of examination. Participants will be introduced to the extensive resources available to help candidates prepare for the exam and will learn tips for success during each of the phases. This session will also provide a peek behind the curtain so that you know what is really going on during the board exam and will shatter common myths and misconceptions. At the end of this session, participants should be thoroughly familiar with all aspects of the ABCN board certification process and examination and should feel prepared to take their next steps toward certification.
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27. Preparing for the ABPP Board Certification Examination in Clinical Neuropsychology: Everything You Wanted to Know but Didn't Know Who to Ask: Oral Examination and the Practice Sample Defense (Session 2 of 3)
Anthony Y. Stringer, PhD, ABPP, Julie Bobholz, PhD, ABPP, & Rodney Vanderploeg, PhD, ABPP


Specialty board certification in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) for all practicing and teaching clinical neuropsychologists is a major goal of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). This includes clinical neuropsychologists who work with children, as well as those who work with adults. This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the practice sample defense part of the oral examination for board certification. Participants will have the opportunity to observe simulations of this portion of the oral exam. The instructors will provide feedback on a single clinical case report (appropriately blinded and without raw data) to all participants wishing to have a mock practice sample reviewed. In order to be reviewed, the single case report must be submitted by June 1, 2021 though the mock practice submission portal.
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28. Preparing for the ABPP Board Certification Examination in Clinical Neuropsychology: Everything You Wanted to Know but Didn't Know Who to Ask: Oral Examination in Ethics/Professional Development and Fact Finding (Session 3 of 3)
Anthony Y. Stringer, PhD, ABPP, Julie Bobholz, PhD, ABPP, & Rodney Vanderploeg, PhD, ABPP


Specialty board certification in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) for all practicing and teaching clinical neuropsychologists is a major goal of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). This includes clinical neuropsychologists who work with children, as well as those who work with adults. This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the ethics/professional development and fact finding parts of the oral examination for board certification. Participants will have the opportunity to observe simulations of these portions of the oral exam. At the end of this session, participants should be prepared to work toward the board certification oral examination.
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29. Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award Lecture None
30. Pediatric CNS Demyelinating Disorders: Role of Neuropsychology in Multi-disciplinary Care and Management of Patients with Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders
Lana Harder, PhD, ABPP & Christa Hutaff-Lee, PhD, ABPP


Pediatric CNS demyelinating disorders are autoimmune conditions that produce lesions in the brain and/or spinal cord leading to a wide array of clinical symptoms requiring multi-disciplinary care. Over the last decade, important discoveries have furthered our understanding of CNS demyelinating disorders in pediatric populations. This workshop will provide a review of the latest discoveries including diagnostic and treatment considerations for patients with multiple sclerosis, transverse myelitis, acute flaccid myelitis, ADEM, and neuromyelitis optic spectrum disorder. A review of current literature as well as original research on the neuropsychological risk factors associated with these conditions will be presented. A focus will be on the role of neuropsychologists in the design of multi-disciplinary programs and involvement in assessment and treatment planning. Presenters will outline clinical implications and practical strategies for assessment and surveillance of potential neurocognitive impairments, including case examples and intervention strategies related to home and educational settings.
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31. AACN Foundation Neuropsychological Outcomes Research: The Experts Talk About What Has Been Done and Where To Go
Jacobus Donders, PhD, ABPP, Neil Pliskin, PhD, ABPP, & Joseph Kulas, PhD, ABPP Discussant: Antonio Puente, PhD, ABPP


The importance of 'outcomes' to justify services has only increased within the healthcare marketplace. If neuropsychological services are to continue to be sought after, and (importantly) reimbursed, we will continue to need to produce better data showing the effectiveness of our services to improve the outcomes of our patients and/or how our services can reduce the cost of care. This year's workshop features experts in the field who have conducted this type of research. They will discuss their and other recent findings and offer recommendations on where we as a field need to advance in the area Neuropsychological Outcomes Research to maintain and expand our relevance and viability.
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32. Clinical Neuropsychological Applications in Civil Capacity Assessment
George J. Demakis, PhD, ABPP


Clinical neuropsychology is uniquely suited to the demands of civil capacity examinations. Whether these exams are purely clinical or forensic, they may focus on issues such as, for example, activities of daily living, driving, medical decision-making, or financial capacities. The purpose of this workshop is to address neuropsychological models, findings, and applications across a range of select civil capacities. Related legal issues and case law will be described as well. Issues that are often relevant in these examinations will be discussed such as cultural issues, family dynamics, undue influence/exploitation, risk assessment, and, in forensic cases, guardianship selection. Finally, recommendations will be provided for completing a useful neuropsychological report that best assesses capacity issues and best assists referral sources. Careful analysis of the overall clinical context will be stressed.
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33. Demystifying the Peer Review Process: Editor's Tips for Authors and Reviewers
Yana Suchy, PhD, ABPP


This workshop offered under the Student Series is open to all conference attendees. Because peer reviewing and article authorship are two sides of the same coin, both of these aspects of the publishing process will be tackled. The workshop will begin with an overview of the steps involved in the peer-review process, as well as the opportunities and responsibilities of participation in that process. This general introduction will be followed by (1) a discussion of what constitutes the ingredients of a well-written scientific article, and how to respond effectively to reviewer comments or concerns, as well as (2) tips on how to become a peer reviewer or a consulting editor; how to write high-quality, constructive, and helpful reviews; and how to make the task of peer-reviewing manageable and efficient. The topics covered in this presentation will be placed in the context of gender and ethnic/racial disparities on editorial teams, and recommendations for combating such disparities.
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