Tatjana Novakovic-Agopian, Ph.D. and Anthony Chen, M.D.
Deficits in attention and executive control processes are some of the most common and functionally disabling consequences of brain injuries. The ability to selectively process goal-relevant information, while ignoring internal and external distractions, is crucial for effective allocation of cognitive and emotional resources during everyday goal attainment, and is commonly disrupted after brain injury. The speakers will discuss a conceptual framework that links physical and experiential sequelae of brain injuries to deficits in self-regulatory control functioning, and may aid in understanding functioning at levels from neural systems up to the real world contexts, in which these functions are important. Rehabilitation interventions aimed at improving self-regulatory processes of attention and executive control will be discussed in detail, with a focus on theory-driven group-based and computer-assisted attentional self-regulation interventions in both civilians and veterans with chronic brain injuries.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
· Describe the importance of attentional control processes for a range of cognitive and emotional functions after brain injury.
· List training interventions designed to target self-regulatory control processes.
· Explain the importance of using participant-defined goals applied to relevant training.
· Discuss challenges to intervention development for combined traumatic brain injury and PTSD.
· Implement multi-level intervention outcome assessment methods
Tatjana Novakovic-Agopian PhD is a Rehabilitation Neuropsychologist, Assistant Professor of Neurology at UCSF, and co-director of the Program in Rehabilitation Neuroscience at UCSF, San Francisco and Martinez VAs. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment and cognitive rehabilitation/reintegration of individuals recovering from brain injury. Her research focuses on development of theory driven interventions for rehabilitation of executive control functions after brain injury, and on ecologically valid multi-level (cognitive, functional and neural) assessment methods. She served as chair of the Brain Injury Research Committee of the California Pacific Regional Rehabilitation Center, and is a past president of the Northern California Neuropsychology Forum.
Anthony J.-W. Chen, MD, specializes in Cognitive and Rehabilitation Neurology, is Assistant Professor in Neurology, UCSF, directs the Program in Rehabilitation Neuroscience (a collaborative program of the VA and University of California dedicated to advancing the development of interventions to improve cognitive functioning for individuals with brain injury), and co-directs the Center for Integrated Brain Health and Wellness (at the VA Northern California Health Care System, Martinez).
NCNF offers credit: CE 2 credits accredited by APA; QME 2 credits
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