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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548557/further-examination-of-embedded-performance-validity-indicators-for-the-conners-continuous-performance-test-and-brief-test-of-attention-in-a-large-outpatient-clinical-sample
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Michael J Sharland, Stephen C Waring, Brian P Johnson, Allise M Taran, Travis A Rusin, Andrew M Pattock, Jeanette A Palcher
OBJECTIVE: Assessing test performance validity is a standard clinical practice and although studies have examined the utility of cognitive/memory measures, few have examined attention measures as indicators of performance validity beyond the Reliable Digit Span. The current study further investigates the classification probability of embedded Performance Validity Tests (PVTs) within the Brief Test of Attention (BTA) and the Conners' Continuous Performance Test (CPT-II), in a large clinical sample...
May 26, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534667/commentary-on-the-use-of-96119-in-billing-for-neuropsychological-services
#2
Leslie D Rosenstein
OBJECTIVE: This commentary seeks to outline the problematic issues with the use of 96119 in billing for neuropsychological evaluations. Issues covered include billing for the provider's time when using technicians as well as the use of trainees when billing Medicare. METHOD: Resources from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) were reviewed along with a search of available documentation from regional carriers and the general literature. CONCLUSIONS: There has been much confusion in the professional community regarding billing for neuropsychological evaluation services when utilizing technicians and/or trainees...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534428/clinimetric-validity-of-the-trail-making-test-czech-version-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-normative-data-for-older-adults
#3
Ondrej Bezdicek, Hana Stepankova, Bradley N Axelrod, Tomas Nikolai, Zdenek Sulc, Robert Jech, Evžen Růžička, Miloslav Kopecek
OBJECTIVE: The influence of demographic variables on the Trail Making Test (TMT) performance in older individuals and empirical findings on clinical validity in predementia states, such as Parkinson's disease mild cognitive impairment (PD-MCI), are limited. The principal aim of this study was to add normative data for the Czech population of older adults and explore the clinimetric properties between PD-MCI and PD patients with normal cognition (PD-NC). METHOD: The study included 125 PD patients classified as 77 PD-MCI and 48 PD-NC and 528 older individuals (60-74 years, further subdivided for normative tables into 60-64, 65-69 and 70-74 age groups) and very old individuals (aged 75-96, further subdivided into 75-79, 80-84, 85-96) cognitively intact Czech adults...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513274/cognitive-functioning-and-adjudicative-competence-defendants-referred-for-neuropsychological-evaluation-in-a-psychiatric-inpatient-setting
#4
Beth C Arredondo, Bernice A Marcopulos, Jesse G Brand, Kristen T Campbell, Julie-Ann Kent
OBJECTIVE: A paucity of peer-reviewed research exists regarding the relation between cognitive functioning and adjudicative competence, despite increasing awareness of cognitive deficits associated with serious mental illness. This retrospective study sought to add to and expand upon existing research by considering performance validity and court determinations of competence, when available. METHOD: We compared demographic and cognitive variables of a group of defendants with presumed valid testing admitted to an inpatient psychiatric facility for evaluation of adjudicative competence and referred for neuropsychological evaluation (n = 45) and compared individuals determined by the evaluator and/or the court to be competent (n = 30) and incompetent (n = 15)...
May 17, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430031/evaluation-of-multidimensional-models-of-wais-iv-subtest-performance
#5
Dennis J McFarland
OBJECTIVE: The present study examined the extent to which the covariance structure of the WAIS-IV is best accounted for by models that assume that test performance is the result of group-level factors and multiple independent general factors. METHOD: Structural models with one to four general factors were evaluated with either four or five group-level factors. Simulations based on four general factors were run to clarify the adequacy of the estimates of the allocation of covariance by the models...
April 21, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429656/baseline-cognitive-test-performance-and-concussion-like-symptoms-among-adolescent-athletes-with-adhd-examining-differences-based-on-medication-use
#6
Nathan E Cook, Donna S Huang, Noah D Silverberg, Brian L Brooks, Bruce Maxwell, Ross Zafonte, Paul D Berkner, Grant L Iverson
OBJECTIVE: Youth with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) perform more poorly on preseason cognitive testing and report more baseline concussion-like symptoms but prior studies have not examined the influence of medication use on test performance or symptom reporting. This study investigated whether medication use is relevant when interpreting baseline ImPACT® results from student athletes with ADHD. METHOD: Participants were 39,247 adolescent athletes, ages 13-18 (mean age = 15...
April 21, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429639/review-of-doing-bayesian-data-analysis-a-tutorial-with-r-jags-and-stan-second-edition
#7
Charles E Gaudet
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 21, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429633/the-reliability-of-multidimensional-neuropsychological-measures-from-alpha-to-omega
#8
Marley W Watkins
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that Coefficient omega, a model-based estimate, is more a more appropriate index of reliability than coefficient alpha for the multidimensional scales that are commonly employed by neuropsychologists. METHOD: As an illustration, a structural model of an overarching general factor and four first-order factors for the WAIS-IV based on the standardization sample of 2200 participants was identified and omega coefficients were subsequently computed for WAIS-IV composite scores...
April 21, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415909/detecting-coached-neuropsychological-dysfunction-a-simulation-experiment-regarding-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
#9
Lily Lau, Michael R Basso, Eduardo Estevis, Ashley Miller, Douglas M Whiteside, Dennis Combs, Timothy J Arentsen
OBJECTIVE: Performance validity tests (PVTs) and symptom validity tests (SVTs) are often administered during neuropsychological evaluations. Examinees may be coached to avoid detection by measures of response validity. Relatively little research has evaluated whether graduated levels of coaching has differential effects upon PVT and SVT performance. Accordingly, the present experiment evaluated the effect of graduated levels of coaching upon the classification accuracy of commonly used PVTs and SVTs and the currently accepted criterion of failing two or more PVTs or SVTs...
April 18, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397546/measuring-cognitive-change-with-impact-the-aggregate-baseline-approach
#10
Jared M Bruce, Ruben J Echemendia, Willem Meeuwisse, Michael G Hutchison, Mark Aubry, Paul Comper
OBJECTIVE: The Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Test (ImPACT) is commonly used to assess baseline and post-injury cognition among athletes in North America. Despite this, several studies have questioned the reliability of ImPACT when given at intervals employed in clinical practice. Poor test-retest reliability reduces test sensitivity to cognitive decline, increasing the likelihood that concussed athletes will be returned to play prematurely. We recently showed that the reliability of ImPACT can be increased when using a new composite structure and the aggregate of two baselines to predict subsequent performance...
April 11, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395578/changing-relations-among-cognitive-abilities-across-development-implications-for-measurement-and-research
#11
Jala Rizeq, David B Flora, Maggie E Toplak
OBJECTIVE: The constructs of intelligence and executive function (EF) are commonly used in neuropsychological, cognitive, and developmental research, and in the context of clinical assessment. Yet, we have a limited understanding of the changing age-related associations among these cognitive constructs and the implications for measurement and research. The objectives of this study were to compare hypothetical models using intellectual abilities (non-age corrected scores of intelligence or IQ) and experimental measures of EF and to better understand the role of age in determining the associations between these cognitive abilities at two different periods of development...
April 11, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391774/exploring-the-sensitivity-of-the-personality-assessment-inventory-symptom-validity-tests-in-detecting-response-bias-in-a-mixed-neuropsychological-outpatient-sample
#12
Owen J Gaasedelen, Douglas M Whiteside, Michael Basso
OBJECTIVE: Few studies have evaluated the symptom validity tests (SVTs) within the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) in a neuropsychological assessment context. Accordingly, the present study explored the accuracy of PAI SVTs in identifying exaggerated cognitive dysfunction in a mixed sample of outpatients referred for neuropsychological assessment. METHOD: Participants who failed two or more Performance Validity Tests (PVTs) were classified as having exaggerated cognitive dysfunction (n = 49)...
April 10, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391739/taxonomy-for-education-and-training-in-clinical-neuropsychology-past-present-and-future
#13
Scott A Sperling, Cynthia R Cimino, Nikki H Stricker, Amy K Heffelfinger, Jennifer L Gess, Katie E Osborn, Brad L Roper
OBJECTIVE: Historically, the clinical neuropsychology training community has not clearly or consistently defined education or training opportunities. The lack of consistency has limited students' and trainees' ability to accurately assess and compare the intensity of neuropsychology-specific training provided by programs. To address these issues and produce greater 'truth in advertising' across programs, CNS, with SCN's Education Advisory Committee (EAC), ADECN, AITCN, and APPCN constructed a specialty-specific taxonomy, namely, the Taxonomy for Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology...
April 10, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387582/long-term-test-retest-reliability-of-the-california-verbal-learning-test-second-edition
#14
Andrea G Alioto, Joel H Kramer, Sarah Borish, John Neuhaus, Rowan Saloner, Matthew Wynn, Jessica M Foley
OBJECTIVE: Aging is often associated with declines in episodic memory. Reliable tracking of memory requires assessment instruments that are stable over time to better understand changes potentially attributable to neurodegenerative disease. While prior studies support the test-retest reliability of memory instruments over brief intervals, follow-up testing in clinical settings typically occurs at least one-year later. The present study evaluated the long-term test-retest reliability of the California Verbal Learning Test - second edition (CVLT-2), a widely used measure of episodic learning and memory...
April 7, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361565/education-training-and-practice-among-nordic-neuropsychologists-results-from-a-professional-practices-survey
#15
A Norup, J Egeland, M Løvstad, T Nybo, B A Persson, D Rivera, A-K Schanke, S Sigurdardottir, J C Arango-Lasprilla
OBJECTIVE: To investigate sociodemographic characteristics, clinical and academic training, work setting and salary, clinical activities, and salary and job satisfaction among practicing neuropsychologists in four Nordic countries. METHODS: 890 neuropsychologists from Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden participated in an internet-based survey between December 2013 and June 2015. RESULTS: Three-fourths (76%) of the participants were women, with a mean age of 47 years (range 24-79)...
March 31, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349725/the-effect-of-stereotype-threat-on-older-people-s-clinical-cognitive-outcomes-investigating-the-moderating-role-of-dementia-worry
#16
Megan Fresson, Benoit Dardenne, Marie Geurten, Thierry Meulemans
OBJECTIVE: Numerous studies have shown that stereotype threat (ST) reduces older people's cognitive performance, but few have studied its impact on clinical cognitive outcomes. Our study was designed to further examine the impact of ST on the clinical assessment of older subjects' cognitive functioning, as well as the moderating role of fear of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) (or 'dementia worry'). METHOD: Seventy-two neurologically normal (MMSE > 26) participants aged between 59 and 70 completed a set of neuropsychological tasks in either an ST or a positive condition (condition in which negative stereotypes were invalidated)...
March 28, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276860/a-parsimonious-scoring-and-normative-calculator-for-the-parkinson-s-disease-mild-cognitive-impairment-battery
#17
Ondrej Bezdicek, Zdenek Sulc, Tomas Nikolai, Hana Stepankova, Miloslav Kopecek, Robert Jech, Evžen Růžička
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to provide a regression-based calculator that takes premorbid functioning into account to detect subtle cognitive decline, as is often present in pre-dementia states, especially mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease (PD-MCI). METHOD: We used demographic adjustments based on sex, age, and education of 699 normative participants that fulfilled exclusion criteria for ascertaining the diagnostic accuracy of the Movement Disorders Society PD-MCI battery at Level II...
February 28, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391732/abstracts-for-the-2017-aacn-conference-scientific-poster-session
#18
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May 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391731/winners-of-the-second-annual-tcn-aacn-student-project-competition
#19
Yana Suchy
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080261/performance-of-hispanics-and-non-hispanic-whites-on-the-nih-toolbox-cognition-battery-the-roles-of-ethnicity-and-language-backgrounds
#20
Ilse Flores, Kaitlin B Casaletto, Maria J Marquine, Anya Umlauf, David J Moore, Dan Mungas, Richard C Gershon, Jennifer L Beaumont, Robert K Heaton
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the influence of Hispanic ethnicity and language/cultural background on performance on the NIH Toolbox Cognition Battery (NIHTB-CB). METHOD: Participants included healthy, primarily English-speaking Hispanic (n = 93; Hispanic-English), primarily Spanish-speaking Hispanic (n = 93; Hispanic-Spanish), and English speaking Non-Hispanic white (n = 93; NH white) adults matched on age, sex, and education levels. All participants were in the NIH Toolbox national norming project and completed the Fluid and Crystallized components of the NIHTB-CB...
May 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
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