Clinician's Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment

Clinician's Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment

Clinician's Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment

Clinician's Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment

Synopsis

This long-awaited, updated & greatly expanded 2/e, like the 1st, focuses on the clinical practice of neuropsych. Will be welcomed as a text for grad courses, but also as a hands-on handbk for interns, post-doctoral fellows & experienced neuropsychologist

Excerpt

Since completion of the first edition of Clinician's Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment, neuropsychology has continued to experience growth and development as a profession. Neuropsychology is a highly respected and frequently utilized clinical service and has expanded its involvement in forensic, rehabilitation, medicine, and psychiatric settings. Developments in clinical practice have resulted in portions of the first edition becoming somewhat outdated, and some major areas of clinical practice were underrepresented in the first edition. Chapter revisions and the addition of new chapters have attempted to rectify these shortcomings. Furthermore, developments in cognitive neuropsychology have resulted in models of normal and disturbed cognitive functioning that are invaluable in understanding and interpreting clinical findings. An additional chapter on interpretation explicates many of these models and demonstrates how they can guide clinical interpretive practice.

Neuropsychological assessment is a complicated endeavor. Part I of the second edition of Clinician's Guide to Neuropsychological Assessment has been expanded considerably. It attempts to walk the reader step by step through the fundamental elements of the evaluation process. Chapter 1 provides an in-depth discussion of issues involved in the history gathering, interview, and test administration process. As with all of the chapters in Part I, practical clinical suggestions and assessment strategies are provided. Chapter 2 is an updated and expanded discussion of premorbid estimation approaches, and provides recommendations for estimating premorbid levels of cognitive ability for both adults and children. Chapter 3 carefully details principles of neuropsychological interpretation, while Chapter 4 provides a process for interpretation based on cognitive-anatomical models of neuropsychological functioning. Chapter 5 covers the important topic of personality and psychological evaluation as it relates to neuropsychological assessment. Chapter 6 explores application issues relevant to different clinical contexts: diagnostic, rehabilitation, forensic, and feedback to patients and families. Finally, Chapter 7 provides a model for writing neuropsychological reports, and contains examples of comprehensive and brief reports.

Part II of this text has been expanded significantly from the first edition, and covers special issues, settings, and populations in neuropsychological evaluations. Chapter 8 is devoted to an overview and discussion of . . .

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