Practitioner’s bookshelf - Neuropsychology, part II

This issue, we continue our focus on neuropsychology, with a look at special populations, business issues and ethics
By Marketing and Business Development Staff
 
June 23, 2011 – In this recurring feature, we bring you new releases, best-of-class reference texts and resources you can recommend to your clients. Titles and descriptions come from both the APA Practice Organization’s Amazon Associates Store and APA Books. This month, we continue our focus on neuropsychology, with a look at special populations, business issues and ethics.
 
Special thanks to Drs. John Randolph, Polly Shepard and Kirmach Natani for their contributions to this edition of “The Practitioner’s Bookshelf.” What other books on neuropsychology have you found helpful and informative? Email us and let us know.
 

Special Populations, Issues and Disorders

Edited by Meryl Butters, Sue R. Beers, Ralph E. Tarter, Kathleen L. Edwards and David H. van Thiel
 
Neuropsychologists have an important role in potentiating the psychosocial adjustment and quality of life of patients through effective diagnosis and rehabilitation of cognitive and psychomotor deficits caused by acute and chronic disease. Thoroughly updated and expanded, this second edition of the highly acclaimed Medical Neuropsychology contains a complete review of the rapidly developing literature pertaining to the association between cognition and medical diseases. As a compendium of the empirical literature documenting the neuropsychological sequelae of organ and system pathology, this volume will be of interest to all practitioners interested in the integration of neuropsychology into mainstream health service delivery.
 
Edited by Cecil R. Reynolds and Elaine Fletcher-Janzen
 
Every chapter has been updated to reflect current thought and research in the field. Chapters devoted to specialized tests in neuropsychology have been updated to reflect new editions of these popular instruments. Special topic chapters have been added, such as working in pediatric coma rehabilitation, using the planning, attention, sequential, simultaneous theory of neuropsychological processes, additions on ADHD, and more. Written by the leading experts and practitioners in these fields, the updates in the Handbook of Clinical Child Neuropsychology reflect the demands of current practice in clinical child neuropsychology.
 
By Ida Sue Baron
 
This essential desk reference will meet the demand for a broad and convenient collection of normative data in child neuropsychology. In a clearly written, well-organized manner, it compiles published and previously unpublished normative data for the neuropsychological tests that are most commonly used with children. Far from being a raw collection, however, it integrates concepts and models central to the neuropsychological assessment of children into the discussions of data. All these discussions have a practical, clinical focus. As background, the author considers the current status of child neuropsychology practice, test models, behavioral assessment techniques, observational data, procedures to optimize child evaluation, communication of results through the interpretive session and report writing, and preliminary assessment methods. She then reviews the tests and data under the broad domains of intelligence, executive function, attention, language, motor and sensory-perceptual function, visuoperceptual, visuospatial and visuoconstructional function, and learning and memory. Written by a seasoned practitioner, this book will be an extraordinary resource for child and developmental neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists, child neurologists and students and trainees.
 
By Peg Dawson and Richard Guare
 
Cncise and practitioner friendly, this bestselling guide has helped put executive skills on the map for school-based clinicians and educators. The book explains how these critical cognitive processes develop, and why they play such a key role in children's behavior and school performance. Provided are step-by-step guidelines and many practical tools to promote executive skill development by implementing environmental modifications, individualized instruction, coaching and whole-class interventions. In a large-size format with convenient lay-flat binding, the book includes more than two dozen reproducible assessment tools, checklists and planning sheets. New to this edition: Revised and expanded to reflect significant advances in the field; chapter on classroom teaching routines that target executive skills during daily work and instruction; chapters on integrating executive skills strategies into a response-to-intervention model and managing transitions to a new grade or school; more reproducibles, one of the book's most popular features; and increased attention to children who don't have a specific learning disorder but still struggle in school.
 
Edited by Deborah K. Attix and Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer
 
This major clinical reference and text is the first volume to systematically address the entire process of neuropsychological assessment and intervention with older adults. The expert editors and contributors detail the current state of knowledge about frequently encountered conditions ranging from mild cognitive impairment to progressive, stable and reversible dementias. Evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies are described, and specific guidance is provided for linking neuropsychological evaluation to individualized treatment planning. Demonstrating an array of cognitive training, compensatory and psychotherapeutic approaches, the volume shows how these can successfully be used to improve patients' functioning and quality of life.
 
Edited by Martha Storandt and Gary R. VandenBos
 
Two of the most common psychological disorders of later life are dementia and depression. The diagnosis of these conditions presents a challenge to clinicians because the symptoms of depression and dementia often overlap; in addition, the symptoms of either of these disorders in their early stages may be attributed to the normal effects of aging. To successfully identify and treat depression and dementia in older adults—thereby avoiding or delaying unnecessary and costly long-term care—psychologists must increase their skills in communicating and working with the older population. Neuropsychological Assessment of Dementia and Depression in Older Adults reviews the most up-to-date research on the diagnosis of dementia and depression, and offers concrete recommendations for evaluating this unique population. A helpful appendix refers readers to cognitive test norms for older adults. The contributors to this volume, all experts in the psychological assessment of older adults, give clinicians and practitioners clear and practical guidance on: differentiating psychological disorders from normal events in the aging process; identifying symptoms of depression and symptoms of dementia; performing differential assessment of dementia and depression; determining legal competency of older adults; providing clinical interpretations to clients and their families; and applying assessment to therapy and interventions.
 
By Jack M. Fletcher, G. Reid Lyon, Lynn S. Fuchs and Marcia A. Barnes
 
Evidence based and comprehensive, this important work offers a new approach to understanding and intervening with students with learning disabilities. The authors—leading experts in neuropsychology and special education—present a unique model of learning disabilities that integrates the cognitive, neural, genetic and contextual factors associated with these disorders. The volume addresses classification, assessment and intervention for a range of disabilities involved in reading, mathematics and written expression. With a focus on exploring the evolving scientific base of the field, as well as establishing effective educational practices, this book will serve as an essential text and an indispensable resource for school psychologists, neuropsychologists, special educators and others who work with struggling learners.
 
By Jonathan M. Silver, Thomas W. McAllister and Stuart C. Yudofsky
 
As soldiers and combat veterans have returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been identified as the signature injury of those wars. This new edition of Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury has been thoroughly revised and updated from the 2005 first edition to reflect the exponential expansion of research and clinical data amassed in the intervening years. Each chapter was written and reviewed by the foremost authorities in neuropsychiatry, neurology, rehabilitation medicine and the other specialties who assess, diagnose and treat these patients. This textbook addresses epidemiology and pathophysiology; neuropsychiatric disorders; neuropsychiatric symptomatologies; special populations and issues; and treatment. Many of the foremost scholars and clinicians who contributed to the previous edition are back with revisions of their chapters, and the volume also features five new chapters on such timely and critical topics as post-traumatic stress disorder, TBI in the context of war, and epidemiology in military and civilian populations. Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury has been crafted to be both comprehensive and readable, and to serve as a primary resource for clinicians’ understanding, assessment and treatment of patients and their families who suffer from TBI.
 
Edited by Jennifer J. Vasterling and Chris R. Brewin
 
Comprehensively examining the effects of psychological trauma on the brain, this volume integrates neurobiological, clinical and cognitive aspects of PTSD. Groundbreaking research is presented on the emergence of neuropsychological dysfunctions in specific trauma populations: children, adults, older adults and victims of closed-head injury. Coverage encompasses a range of chronic problems with memory, attention and information processing that are related to trauma exposure. Linking neuropsychological findings to the realities of clinical practice, the concluding section addresses key implications for PTSD assessment and for pharmacological and psychological treatment.
 
Edited by Ronald C. Petersen
 
What are the boundary zones between normal aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD)? Are many elderly people whom we regard as normal actually in the early stages of AD? Alzheimer's disease does not develop overnight; the early phases may last for years or even decades. Recently, clinical investigators have identified a transitional condition between normal aging and very early Alzheimer's disease that they call mild cognitive impairment, or MCI. This term typically refers to memory impairment beyond what one would expect in individuals of a given age whose other abilities to function in daily life are well preserved. Persons who meet the criteria for mild cognitive impairment have an increased risk of progressing to Alzheimer's disease in the near future. Though many questions about this condition and its underlying neuropathology remain open, full clinical trials are currently underway worldwide aimed at preventing the progression from MCI to Alzheimer's disease. This book addresses the spectrum of issues involved in mild cognitive impairment, and includes chapters on clinical studies, neuropsychology, neuroimaging, neuropathology, biological markers, diagnostic approaches and treatment. It is intended for clinicians, researchers and students interested in aging and cognition, among them neurologists, psychiatrists, geriatricians, clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists.
 

Business Issues and Ethics

By Mary Pepping
 
Successful Private Practice in Neuropsychology: A Scientist-Practitioner Model is a hands-on guide for neuropsychologists who want to explore, establish or expand their own private practice. Do you dream about the freedom of your own office and schedule, but worry about the financial viability of self-employment? Are you weary of the dictates of managed care, but find it hard to see other alternatives? Would you like to vary your practice, but aren't quite sure what else you would like to do, or how to get started? Are you concerned about the potential isolation in a private practice, or how to maintain your teaching and research involvement while still paying the rent? For these and many other important questions, this up-to-date volume can be your step-by-step guide for creating an enjoyable, flexible and equitably-paid mix of evaluation, teaching, research and/or treatment activities.
 
By Shane S. Bush
 
This is an up-to-date guide to ethical decision making in the daily practice of clinical neuropsychology that includes a Continuing Education (CE) component administered by the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology. Emphasizing positive ethics, the book models a decision-making process by which practitioners can successfully resolve common ethical challenges. It is organized around the Ethical Standards of the American Psychological Association, each of which is systematically applied to neuropsychology and brought to life through extensive case studies (27 in total) that show the ethical decision-making model in action. The book reflects the most recent published ethical, professional and legal requirements and guidelines, and synthesizes the latest research. Graduate students, those preparing for board certification and even experienced clinical neuropsychologists will find much here that is useful; it will be especially valuable to neuropsychologists who do forensic work.
 
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