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February, 2022

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Julie N. Hook, PhD, MBA, ABPP, Research Associate Professor and the NIH Toolbox® Product Manager at Northwestern University.

Digitally administered cognitive tests are increasing in popularity. They can reduce examiner burden and enhance participant engagement because they are typically more colorful and engaging than their paper-and-pencil counterparts. This webinar will present an overview of the rise of digital cognitive assessments and describe specific test construction techniques that allow for brief and psychometrically sound tests (e.g., Computer Adaptive Testing and Item Response Theory). We will briefly review the history and development of the NIH Toolbox, followed by a more in-depth discussion of the four domains (Cognition, Motor, Sensation, and Emotion) of tests included in the NIH Toolbox app. As technology is always advancing, we will conclude with a look into the future directions of NIH Toolbox family of products, including an upcoming release of an infant assessment system incorporating eye-tracking.

Julie N. Hook, PhD, MBA, ABPP is a Research Associate Professor and the NIH Toolbox® Product Manager at Northwestern University. She is also board-certified clinical neuropsychologist. Dr. Hook began her career as a clinician, researcher, and educator and has worked in the commercial sector for 10 years. She has been a project manager developing large-scale psychological tests at Psychological Assessment Resources (PAR; Tampa, FL) and led projects focused on combining technology to improve healthcare assessment at Design Interactive (Orlando, FL). In her current role, she contributes to NIH grant-funded research, including work on the Environmental Children’s Health Outcome Study and oversees the NIH Toolbox product portfolio including updates, translations, training, and support materials.
1.5 CE credits will be available to those eligible for this talk.

March, 2022

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1.5 CEs available.

Neuroimaging has remarkably increased our understanding of neuropsychological functions and has the potential to substantially inform the clinical practice of neuropsychological assessment. This talk will provide an introduction to the different types of structural and functional information that can be gained with modern MRI techniques, and how they may help in understanding the nature of observed neuropsychological deficits and the prediction of clinical outcomes.

Learning Objectives:
Attendees will be able to:
• Describe the different types of common MRI sequences used to assess damage and dysfunction to grey and white matter structures.

• Describe how MRI studies of functional activations, functional connectivity and regional cerebral blood flow inform our understanding of neuropsychological deficits.

• Explain how structural and functional imaging can inform the prediction of neuropsychological outcomes.

Brief Bio:
David H. Zald, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Advanced Human Brain Imaging Research at Rutgers University and the Henry Rutgers Professor of Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Zald combines a background in clinical neuropsychology with over a quarter of century of research using neuroimaging to understand the functions of limbic and paralimbic regions and the manner in which dysfunction of these regions contributes to psychopathology. While on faculty at Vanderbilt University, he taught graduate courses in neuropsychological assessment, and served as director of the undergraduate neuroscience major and associate director of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute. He has published over 160 peer reviewed papers, served as a section editor of the journal Neuropsychologia, and is a fellow of both the Association for Psychological Science and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

7-8:30 PM EST