New York Neuropsychology Group (NYNG) 2017 Annual Spring Conference

Neuropsychology of the future and how we can prepare for it today

Saturday, May 6th

10 am – 1 pm

9:30 registration and coffee with presenters

Location: Podell Auditorium in Bernstein Pavilion,Mount Sinai Beth Israel, 10 Nathan D Perlman Place NY, NY 10003

Please join prominent neuropsychologists and industry leaders to explore the future of neuropsychology and how you can harness recent findings and technologies to prepare for impending changes. We will discuss such issues as:

  1. How collaborative data sharing can lead to both increased efficiency for practitioners and contribute to creating novel assessment strategies.
  2. How modern psychometric theory can improve the efficiency of neuropsychological assessment.
  3. Anticipate and prepare for emerging technological applications for the assessment, monitoring and augmentation of cognition.
  4. Give examples about how the “internet of things” creates new opportunities for gathering data with both high reliability and high ecological validity.
  5. How to use an understanding of research findings, best practices and patient/ consumer needs to create a more efficient neuropsychology practice of the future.

Speakers:

Robert Bilder, PhD ABPP-CN

Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, UCLA, Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior

Alvaro Fernandez, MA, MBA

CEO and Editor-in-Chief, SharpBrains

James Holdnack, PhD

Senior Scientist, Pearson Clinical Assessment

Moderator: William B. Barr, Ph.D., ABPP

Director, Neuropsychology Division, Department of Neurology, NYU-Langone Medical Center

This conference program is offered for 3 CE Credits

Target audience: Graduate students, psychologists, and physicians (Intermediate level)

 

PROGRAM DETAILS:

Speaker: Robert Bilder PhD ABPP, “Future Neuropsychology Today”

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how collaborative data sharing can lead to both increased efficiency for practitioners and contribute to creating novel assessment strategies.Discuss how modern psychometric theory can improve the efficiency of neuropsychological assessment.
  2. Give examples about how the “internet of things” creates new opportunities for gathering data with both high reliability and high ecological validity.
  3. Describe ways that mobile applications can be used to integrate dynamic neuropsychological assessment with optimally timed neuropsychological interventions.

Presentation Abstract: Neuropsychology is poised for enormous change within the next decade. Current assessment practice centers on 19th – to early 20th-century conceptual paradigms and mid-20th century technologies. Modern psychometric theory, including item response theory, offers the opportunity to construct adaptive testing algorithms that are typically 2 to 10 times more efficient than conventional tests. Computerized and web-based technologies offer further dramatic opportunities to increase global access and reduce costs of assessment. Disruptive new technologies based on passive monitoring and the internet of things promise marked enhancements in both efficiency and ecological validity. To achieve these desiderata inertia in current practice must be overcome, and this will demand persuasive evidence of backwards compatibility. This goal is achievable within 5 years through collaborative data sharing, and development of more efficient methods derived from current instruments. This collaborative network can also provide the core infrastructure for novel instrument development in line with developments in cognitive neuroscience.

Disclosures: Dr. Bilder has affiliations with Forum Pharmaceuticals; Lumos Labs, Inc.; Maven Research; Neurocog Trials Inc.; OMDUSA, LLC; Snapchat; ThinkNow Inc.

Biography: Robert Bilder is the Tennenbaum Family Professor of Creativity Research in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, and Chief of Medical Psychology – Neuropsychology at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. His research has focused on the links between brain and behavior, using tools spanning genetics, neuroimaging, cognitive and other assessments of human behavior. He is particularly interested in studying dimensions of brain function to help eliminate artificial boundaries between mental illnesses, between health and disease, and between the brain mechanisms involved in exceptional and everyday creativity. He also directs the Mind Well pod within UCLA’s Healthy Campus Initiative to concentrate on how we can support resilience, well-being and creative achievement at UCLA and beyond. Of special relevance to this NYNG Annual event, he has long promoted the evolution of clinical neuropsychology in directions that embrace disruptive technologies (see Bilder R, J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2011), to stimulate development of collaborative solutions that will expand the scope, efficiency, and validity of neuropsychological assessments, and trigger creation of novel intervention strategies.

 

Speaker: Alvaro Fernandez, MA, MBA, “Five reasons the future of brain health is digital, pervasive and bright”

Learning Objectives

  1. Anticipate and prepare for emerging technological applications for the assessment, monitoring and augmentation of cognition
  2. Negotiate the scientific, technological and market-driven trends regarding adoption of non-invasive neurotechnologies with patients and the wider public
  3. Use an understanding of research findings, best practices and patient/ consumer needs to create a more efficient neuropsychology practice of the future

Presentation Abstract: Hundreds of companies around the globe–now including Elon Musk’s Neuralink and even Facebook–are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier. What explains this flurry of activity, and where may it be headed? What are the opportunities and challenges for the Neuropsychologists of the Future? We will structure the conversation around five emerging and thought-provoking statements:

1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, and everyone needs help 2. Lifelong neuroplasticity means all those brains can “sculpt” themselves 3. Mobile, sensing, wearable technologies, coupled with artificial intelligence (AI), provide a new platform to harness that neuroplasticity for good 4. Entrepreneurship and investments are fueling accelerated growth 5. Professionals are stepping up to help educate consumers and patients

Disclosures: Dr. Fernandez is affiliated with SharpBrains, World Economic Forum, and Varkey Foundation

Biography: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez MA, MBA, named a Young Global Leader, runs Sharp­Brains, an inde­pen­dent mar­ket research firm track­ing applied neu­ro­science. A recognized pub­lic speaker, he has been quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Jour­nal, CNN, Reuters, and Asso­ci­ated Press, among oth­ers. Alvaro is the Editor-in-chief of seminal market reports on Pervasive Neurotechnology and Digital Brain Health, and co-author of the book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness. He enjoys serving in the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Human Enhancement, and in the Global Teacher Prize Academy run by the Varkey Foundation. Alvaro holds an MBA and MA in Edu­ca­tion from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity and a BA in Eco­nom­ics from Uni­ver­si­dad de Deusto, in his native Spain.

Speaker: James Holdnack, PhD, “Current Status and Future Trends in Neuropsychological Test Development”

Learning Objectives

  1. Conceptualize models for digital assessment solutions.
  2. Describe current and future trends in computerization of neuropsychological tests.
  3. Describe the advantages and limitations of technology as applied to cognitive assessment.
  4. Assess the utility of “big data” in enhancing clinical evaluations.

Presentation Abstract: We are surrounded by a constantly changing array of technological solutions to everyday problems, affording us the opportunity to become more efficient in our daily lives while also exposing us to the limitations of the technological tools on which we rely. Standardized psychological and cognitive assessment tools have evolved incrementally to take advantage of current technologies to improve the efficiency of the assessment process. The current status of digital assessment and applied technology has primarily focused on digital adaptation.  Digital adaptation improves the efficiency and standardized use of familiar tools that have a long history of research and clinical validation. These adaptations are critical steps in the path to a future of integrated technology, data analytics, and digitally native assessment tools.  The future of technological breakthroughs in assessment revolve around the concept of “value added” and “user experience.”  These concepts propose that technological solutions are only useful if they improve the lives of the clinician and the examinee. Improvement may be defined as the efficiency of the process, the ability to obtain information that enhances (e.g., beyond current measures) the clinician’s understanding of the examinee’s cognitive functioning, the acquisition of information that cannot be reliably observed, and/or the enhancement of the clinician’s and examinee’s experience of the assessment process. This presentation focuses on the current state of assessment and a process for the future of test development.

Disclosures: Dr. Holdnack is an employee of Pearson.

Biography: Jim Holdnack PhD is a senior scientist and manager of research innovation at Pearson in the clinical assessment content development group. He has worked in the test development industry, as project director, research director, senior scientist and consultant for over 15 years. Jim has developed neuropsychological tests including the D-KEFS, WMS-IV, NEPSY-II, WISC-IV Integrated and ACS, WISC-V, DKEFS2.0, ATTEMO, and regularly consults on the WAIS-V/WMS-V project.  He has written books, chapters, and research articles on the Wechsler scales and neuropsychological assessment.  Jim earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from State University of New York in Buffalo. After earning his Ph.D., he studied neuropsychology and neuroimaging as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Jim is a licensed psychologist in Delaware and Pennsylvania and has over 10 years of clinical experience as a clinical neuropsychologist working with complex, neurodevelopmental disorders at the Division of Child Mental Health in Delaware and in private practice.

 

Cost of the program is $20 for student members, $35 for student non-members, and $40 for professional members, and $60 for professional non-members. This course is being offered for 3.0 CE Credits. Cost of the 3.0 CE Credits is $45.00. Please click on the links below to register an/or purchase CE credits.  

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