Course Title: CE 7. Pediatric Mild TBI: Who Gets Better, Who Doesn't, and What's Neuropsychology Got To Do With It


Credit Hours: 1.5


Instructor(s) Michael Kirkwood, PhD, ABPP/CN


Pediatric Mild TBI: Who Gets Better, Who Doesn’t, and What’s Neuropsychology Got To Do With It

Abstract & Learning Objectives

In recent years, few other medical conditions have received as much scientific or popular attention as concussion or mild TBI. Even so, pediatric mild TBI remains a frequent source of misunderstanding, confusion, and controversy. Methodologically rigorous studies indicate that most school-aged children recover quickly and well. This workshop will focus on the minority who display more persistent problems and the role of neuropsychology in understanding and clinically managing these children. The goals are to summarize the background science most relevant to the natural clinical history of pediatric mild TBI, as well as the known risk factors for persistent problems, and to provide an empirically-backed rationale for why neuropsychology should play a crucial role in clinical management in these cases.

Michael Kirkwood, PhD, ABPP/CN

Michael Kirkwood, PhD, ABPP/CN

Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Children’s Hospital Colorado & University of Colorado
Aurora, CO, USA

The workshop will be geared toward those with intermediate-advanced knowledge and designed to help attendees:
1) characterize the natural clinical history of pediatric mild TBI,
2) explain the factors associated with protracted recovery, and
3) describe research justifying neuropsychology’s importance in clinical work with youth who display persistent symptomatology.

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Speaker Biography

Dr. Kirkwood is a board certified pediatric neuropsychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is the founder and Co-director of the Children’s Hospital Concussion Program. He has particular interest and expertise in pediatric acquired brain injury, presenting nationally and internationally on the topic, serving on a variety of expert panels, and authoring dozens of peer-reviewed publications and editing a book on pediatric mild TBI. His research has been funded by numerous organizations including the NIMH, NIDRR, and the CDC.