Course Title: CE Workshop 04 - A Model for Extending Neuropsychological Assessment and Research into other Disciplines: Examples from the Perioperative Cognitive Anesthesia Network (PeCAN) for Neurodegenerative Disorders (Price)


Credit Hours: 1.5


Instructor(s) Catherine Price


Catherine Price, Ph.D., ABPP/CN
Departments of Clinical and Health Psychology/Anesthesiology
University of Florida

CE Workshop # 4:


A Model for Extending Neuropsychological Assessment and Research into other Disciplines: Examples from the Perioperative Cognitive Anesthesia Network (PeCAN) for Neurodegenerative Disorders

Abstract & Learning Objectives:

Although there is increasing recognition regarding the value of neuropsychological assessments in nontraditional settings (e.g., primary care physicians, presurgical anesthesia clinics), it remains challenging to establish and sustain connections for a successful combined evidence based clinical care model. This workshop will provide insights from non-neuropsychological clinical disciplines as to how they benefit from the inclusion of neuropsychology and neuropsychological assessment and research. Then, using the model of the Perioperative Cognitive Anesthesia Network (PeCAN) at the University of Florida, our team, with representation from Departments of Clinical and Health Psychology, Anesthesiology, and Geriatric Medicine, will discuss key components that helped to establish the PeCAN program and maintain success in a large tertiary care hospital. Topics will touch on the role of neuropsychology for hospital wide clinical care prediction models, Latino/Spanish and sociodemographic considerations, integrated team responses to in-person versus virtual assessment modalities, and the value of integrating funded research into programmatic growth for clinical-research-training evidence based impact. The remaining time will be spent in general discussion regarding the challenges and the promise for this type of integrative clinical care and research model. Additionally, information will be shared on how to build a similar team and move towards collaborative networks internationally.


Upon conclusion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Explain the value of a needs assessment in nontraditional settings for clinical and research growth involving neuropsychology
  • List challenges and benefits of advancing neuropsychology in other disciplines
  • Describe strategies to promote evidence based medical care for older adults with neurodegenerative disorders in non-traditional settings

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Catherine Price received her doctorate in psychology with a specialty in clinical neuropsychology from Drexel University. She completed external rotations with mentorship from David Libon, Ph.D., Murray Grossman, M.D, Ed, and Guila Glosser, Ph.D., and her internship at the University of Florida. With mentorship from Dawn Bowers, Ph.D., and two other female academics (Terri Monk, MD, in anesthesiology, and Christiana Leonard, Ph.D., in neuroscience) Dr. Price wrote and received funding for a NIA F32 fellowship to study neuroimaging predictors of postoperative cognitive change after total knee replacement surgery. Since that time Dr. Price has remained focused on understanding how preoperative and cognitive vulnerabilities interact with anesthesia responses and result in postoperative cognitive changes and delirium. She completed additional NIH training on perioperative neuroimaging technologies as well as neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Price used these experiences to build an integrative team focused on the development of evidence based medical care for individuals with neurodegenerative disorders needing or electing surgical procedures with anesthesiology. Additionally, Dr. Price developed the first clinical-research-training program, the Perioperative Cognitive Anesthesia Network (PeCAN), integrating a two phase preoperative neurobehavioral assessment program for individuals with cognitive vulnerabilities electing surgery with anesthesia. PeCAN officially launched in 2017 and Dr. Price co-directs the program with her anesthesiology collaborator, Patrick Tighe, M.D., M.S. Since 2017, they have screened over 16k older adults and neurobehaviorally assessed >2500 older adults with signs of preoperative cognitive impairment. NIH recently awarded Dr. Price a leadership development grant to grow PeCAN into an integrated clinical research training program for neuropsychology, anesthesiology, and geriatric medicine based on perioperative evidence medical approaches for neurodegenerative disorders.