CPA Neuropsychology Division talk
Monday, June 21 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM
The Incredibly Complex World of Cognitive Change Made Surprisingly Simple
Dr. Kevin Duff has graciously accepted our invitation to present on methods for the analysis of change across serial patient examinations. The title of his talk is, “The incredibly complex world of cognitive change made surprisingly simple.” Although the primary focus of the talk is about methods for evaluating change in cognitive status over time, the same methods can be employed to determine the magnitude / reliability of change across repeated assessments of individual patients’ scores on tests of other emotional, behavioral, or psychological constructs.
About our speaker: Kevin Duff, PhD, ABPP is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah and Neuropsychologist for the Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research (CACIR). In 2008, Dr. Duff received the Early Career Award from NAN for his outstanding contributions to the field of neuropsychology. In 2009, NAN awarded him the Nelson Butters Award for publishing the most influential paper of the year in Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. In 2011 he was elected as a Fellow of NAN and in 2012 he was elected as Treasurer of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology. In addition to his prolific research on longitudinal cognitive assessment, aging and dementia, Dr. Duff is an Associate Editor for Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, and he serves on the Editorial Board for multiple neuropsychology journals.
About the topic: This 90-minute presentation will review the two primary methods of evaluating cognitive change in neuropsychology: the reliable change index (RCI) and standardized regression-based (SRB) change formula. It will discuss the pros and cons of each method, as well as their practical applications. Dr. Duff will also share some of his research on evaluating short- and long-term cognitive change in Mild Cognitive Impairment and use that as a model for evaluating other neuropsychiatric patient groups. Case examples will be used to concretely demonstrate the utility and value of RCIs and SRBs.
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