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2022 Frank L. LeFever Spring Conference - Lecture 3 / "The Neuropsychological Impact of Viruses in Pediatric Populations: Past Pandemics and Current and Future Investigations of COVID-19 Exposure" / Richard Gallagher, PhD

  • 9 May 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom link to follow


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Monday, May 9th @ 7-8pm EST

The Third of Three Lectures in our 43rd Annual Frank L LeFever Spring Conference

Our 3 Part Virtual Conference will focus on Covid-19

   Richard Gallagher, PhD  

The Neuropsychological Impact of Viruses in Pediatric Populations:

Past Pandemics and Current and Future Investigations of COVID-19 Exposure  

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect around the world. In the United States, although children and teens did not experience the high rates of mortality and hospitalization for adults, many youths did contract the variants of COVID-19 in the last 2 years.  Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on the Neuropsychological Functioning and Mental Health of youth is critically important. A brief summary of the effect that other viruses have had on neuropsychological functioning in children and teens will serve as the background for exploring the effect of COVID-19.  Emerging studies that have been recently published will be discussed, and finally, the design and questions being addressed in a large-scale follow-up NIH study of subjects with varied COVID-19 exposures will be presented. This study, conducted over the next 4 years, will enroll several thousand youth and their caretakers with one group of 1200 youth, with and without COVID exposure, receiving full neuropsychological batteries.  The process for deciding how to measure outcome using a battery that is feasible for multiple sites will be discussed.  

Dr. Gallagher is an Associate Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Child Study Center, NYU School of Medicine. He specializes in anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, and learning disorders. He has been a Co-Principal Investigator on NIMH grants investigating executive function deficits in children with ADHD and related disorders and how to overcome those deficits through training.  Dr. Gallagher was a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Neuropsychology Group (NYNG) in the late 1980s. After completing his degree in Clinical Psychology at Temple University, he added courses in Neuropsychology and Education at Teachers College of Columbia University with Catherine Best and Ursula Kirk and gained knowledge through Dr. Kirk’s close relationships with Edith Kaplan, Anne-Lise Christensen, and Harold Goodglass among others.  He gained further neuropsychological experience under the guidance of Herbert Kohn while he served in the Department of Pediatrics at, then, Rutgers University Medical School.  Dr. Gallagher has also been an adjunct professor at Teachers College teaching several courses in neuropsychological assessment and aiding Ursula Kirk in supervising evaluations in the Dean Hope Center.  Dr. Gallagher helped establish neuropsychological services at the children’s hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and, later, started the neuropsychology postdoctoral training program at the Child Study Center of NYU Langone Health. Dr. Gallagher is first author for the books Organizational Skills Training for Children with ADHD: An Empirically Supported Treatment and The Organized Child and co-authored the Children’s Organizational Skills Scale (COSS).  Dr. Gallagher is a project leader for the Pediatric Neurocognitive and Mental Health Assessment component for the NIH Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 Infection study on the long-term impact of COVID.

Learning Objectives:

1.       To describe how viruses can impact neuropsychological functioning in pediatric populations and actively develop relevant test batteries.

2.       To list the neuropsychological functions that have been explored in studies of pediatric patients exposed to COVID-19.

3.       To assess tests used to feasibly tap neurocognitive functions in a multi-site study of COVID-19 sequelae when settings are not served by a neuropsychologist. 


Members: $20, which includes attendance & 1 CE credit*

Student Members: FREE

Non-members: $40, which includes attendance & 1 CE credit*

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*New York Neuropsychology Group is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NYNG maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

 *Refund Policy: Full refund will be provided if cancellation occurs up to 24 hours prior to the event. Cancellation requests made within 24 hours are non-refundable. 


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