Neuropsychological Report Writing

Author: Jacobus Donders
Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 1462524273
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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All neuropsychologists need to know how to produce evidence-based reports. This book brings together experts to provide an in-depth guide to high-quality report writing in a range of contexts, including evaluations of older adults, psychiatric patients, those with complex medical conditions, schoolchildren, and others. It reviews the fundamental elements of a clinical neuropsychological report and shows how to tailor findings, conclusions, and recommendations to particular audiences, such as referring physicians, school professionals, and legal decision makers. Of special utility, every chapter features excerpts of sample reports, including examples of strong and poor documentation of the same material.

Clinical Practice of Forensic Neuropsychology

Author: Kyle Brauer Boone
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 1462507336
Format: PDF, Docs
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Written by a foremost expert in the field, this hands-on, evidence-based guide describes how to conduct a comprehensive forensic neuropsychological evaluation and provide expert testimony. All steps are covered--from selecting, scoring, and interpreting tests to writing reports and responding to cross-examination--with special attention to assessing noncredible performance. The book identifies seven common flaws of forensic neuropsychological reports and shows how to avoid them. Excerpts from testimony transcripts illustrate ways neuropsychologists can protect their reports from attack. Also featured are case illustrations and a sample report.

Neuropsychological Assessment in the Age of Evidence Based Practice

Author: Stephen C. Bowden
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190464712
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Evidence-based practice has become the benchmark for quality in healthcare and builds on rules of evidence that have been developed in psychology and other health-care disciplines over many decades. This volume aims to provide clinical neuropsychologists with a practical and approachable reference for skills in evidence-based practice to improve the scientific status of patient care. The core skills involve techniques in critical appraisal of published diagnostic-validity or treatment studies. Critical appraisal skills assist any clinician to evaluate the scientific status of any published study, to identify the patient-relevance of studies with good scientific status, and to calculate individual patient-probability estimates of diagnosis or treatment outcome to guide practice. Initial chapters in this volume review fundamental concepts of construct validity relevant to the assessment of psychopathology and cognitive abilities in neuropsychological populations. These chapters also summarize exciting contemporary development in the theories of personality and psychopathology, and cognitive ability, showing a convergence of theoretical and clinical research to guide clinical practice. Conceptual skills in interpreting construct validity of neuropsychological tests are described in detail in this volume. In addition, a non-mathematical description of the concepts of test score reliability and the neglected topic of interval estimation for individual assessment is provided. As an extension of the concepts of reliability, reliable change indexes are reviewed and the implication of impact on evidence-based practice of test scores reliability and reliable change are described to guide clinicians in their interpretation of test results on single or repeated assessments. Written by some of the foremost experts in the field of clinical neuropsychology and with practical and concrete examples throughout, this volume shows how evidence-based practice is enhanced by reference to good theory, strong construct validity, and better test score reliability.

Civil Capacities in Clinical Neuropsychology

Author: George J. Demakis
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019977420X
Format: PDF, ePub
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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.

Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention for Youth

Author: Linda A. Reddy
Publisher: Amer Psychological Assn
ISBN: 9781433812668
Format: PDF
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"This book presents an evidence-based approach to neuropsychological assessment and intervention for youth with emotional and behavioral disorders. Topics discussed include: integration of neuropsychological assessment and intervention for youth with internalizing disorders (anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depressive disorders, bipolar disorder); youth with externalizing disorders (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct and oppositional defiant disorders, Tourette's disorder and other tic disorders); and youth with related disorders with emotional and behavioral dysfunction (intellectual and developmental disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, chronic pediatric medical conditions and comorbid psychopathology). Future directions for understanding neuropsychology in the 21st century are also addressed"--Create. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved).

Casebook of Clinical Neuropsychology

Author: Joel E. Morgan
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199705788
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Casebook of Clinical Neuropsychology features actual clinical neuropsychological cases drawn from leading experts' files. Each chapter represents a different case completed by a different expert. Cases cover the lifespan from child, to adult, to geriatric, and the types of cases will represent a broad spectrum of prototypical cases of well-known and well-documented disorders as well as some rarer disorders. Chapter authors were specifically chosen for their expertise with particular disorders. When a practitioner is going to see a child or an adult with "X" problem, they can turn to the "case" and find up to date critical information to help them understand the issues related to the diagnosis, a brief synopsis of the literature, the patient's symptom presentation, the evaluation including neuropsychological test results and other results from consultants, along with treatments and recommendations. Clinical cases represent a long-established tradition as a teaching vehicle in the clinical sciences, most prominently in medicine and psychology. Case studies provide the student with actual clinical material - data in the form of observations of the patient, examination/test data, relevant history, and related test results - all of which must be integrated into a diagnostic conclusion and ultimately provide the patient with appropriate recommendations. Critical to this educational/heuristic process is the opportunity for the reader to view the thought processes of the clinician that resulted in the conclusions and recommendations offered. With the science of the disorder as the foundation of this process, readers learn how the integration of multiple sources of data furthers critical thinking skills.

Differential Diagnosis in Adult Neuropsychological Assessment

Author: Joseph H. Ricker, PhD,ANPP,CN,RP
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780826197276
Format: PDF
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This text clearly presents a multitude of variables that potentially affect the results of neuropsychological tests. THe chapter authors, all noted experts in their respective fields, begin with a general discussion of neuropsychological constructs known to impact performance on neuropsychological tests, including demographics, personality, and sociocultural factors. They then present an empirical approach to assessment. They focus on the disorders under discussion (not solely the tests that might be used in diagnosis) and reflect the contributions the field has made to detecting differences in disorders that have neurological underpinnings. The disorders reviewed include dementia, HIV-related syndromes, adult seizure disorders, toxic exposure, mild to severe brain injury, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Neuropsychology of Everyday Functioning

Author: Thomas D. Marcotte
Publisher: Guilford Press
ISBN: 1606234609
Format: PDF, ePub
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While neuropsychological testing can accurately detect cognitive deficits in persons with brain injury, the ability to reliably predict how these individuals will function in everyday life has remained elusive. This authoritative volume brings together well-known experts to present recent advances in the neuropsychological assessment of key real-world capacities: the ability to live independently, work, manage medications, and drive a car. For each of these domains, contributors describe cutting-edge tests, procedures, and interpretive strategies and examine salient theoretical and methodological issues. Chapters also review approaches for evaluating specific populations, including older adults and patients with traumatic brain injury, depression, dementia, schizophrenia, and other neurological and psychiatric disorders.

The Neuropsychology Toolkit

Author: Richard L. Wanlass
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 146141881X
Format: PDF, Docs
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This book provides information, guidelines, and materials to help future neuropsychology supervisees identify, understand, and avoid some of these problems and pitfalls. Also included are a neuropsychological questionnaire, short- and long-report formats, and sample statements that can be used to help with wording sections of the report that are particularly challenging to write.

Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychology

Author: Elisabeth M.S. Sherman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199921369
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychology is the authoritative, definitive reference on the practice and process of civil forensic neuropsychological assessment of children and adolescents. With chapters authored by top experts in the field of pediatric neuropsychology and forensic neuropsychology, this book provides critical, knowledgeable, and expert information for clinicians, attorneys, physicians and other professionals involved in forensic pediatric neuropsychological assessment. Pediatric Forensic Neuropsychology covers core theoretical and practical topics including the role of pediatric neuropsychology in the courtroom, ethics, test selection, advanced interpretation of test results, tools for assessing sub-optimal performance, differential diagnosis of malingering and related conditions, and factors such as culture and pre-morbid conditions. In addition, in-depth review and clinical case descriptions of mild traumatic brain injury, moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, medical malpractice, the independent educational evaluation, and the diagnosis of psychological and psychiatric conditions such as secondary ADHD in the context of the forensic neuropsychological evaluation are covered in detail. The book also includes a toolbox of forms useful for conducting clinical forensic evaluations which will be of particular interest to practicing clinicians.