This episode is a conversation about neuropsychological interventions for adult patients with acquired brain injuries such as TBI, stroke, or hypoxia. We define and differentiate different terms for neuropsychological interventions, we list and describe specific cognitive interventions, we discuss the importance of emotional symptoms following brain injuries, and we explain characteristics of intervention effectiveness.
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Dana is an Associate Professor, Clinical Neuropsychologist, and School Director of Graduate Research in the School of Psychology and Public Health, with active roles in research, teaching and clinical practice. She leads the eNACT (Neurorehabilitation And Clinical Translation) Research Group (www.latrobe.edu.au/enact), which focuses on innovative neuropsychological rehabilitation techniques to improve the lives of brain injury survivors, and enhancing clinical implementation of and clinician competence in these evidence-based interventions. She was awarded La Trobe’s Research Engagement and Impact Award in 2020. Dana’s focus on training top scientist-practitioners as a key element to clinical translation has been recognised with the 2021 AAUT Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2018 Australian Psychological Society Early Career Teaching Award, the 2017 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the 2017 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education (Innovation in Teaching), and the 2016 Australasian Society for the Study of Brain Impairment (ASSBI) Clinical Innovation Award. Dana is currently President-Elect of ASSBI. She is an Editorial Board member for the journal Brain Impairment. She is co-Chair of the Neuropsychological Intervention Special Interest Group of the International Neuropsychological Society.
Group facilitation competency checklist – can be downloaded from supplemental material
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