Donald T. Stuss, PhD,
University of Toronto
CE Workshop #6: Clinical Assessment of Frontal Lobe Functions: A Historical Perspective of the Application of the Boston VA Jamaica Plans VA Process Approach
Donald T. Stuss, PhD
Abstract & Learning Objectives: The lens of this workshop is the clinical assessment of frontal lobe functioning from a personal historical perspective. The first part of the course emphasizes operational definitions, theoretical and anatomical. Second, results of early studies using commonly used tests of “executive” functioning (e.g., WCST, Stroop) will be highlighted. Third, research based on an approach that emphasizes a process approach will demonstrate that different frontal regions are related to very specific domain general attentional functions. Against this background, we will return to a potential re-interpretation of the standard FL tests. The fifth section briefly summarizes the role of the FL in processes such as theory of mind, and behavioural/emotional self-regulation; together with the attentional studies, this leads to a revised model of FL functioning. Finally, the potential application to rehabilitation will be discussed.
As a result of participation in this course, the learner will achieve the following:
Have a deeper understanding of the complexity of anatomy and functions relationships of the FL
Ability to apply knowledge of FL functions to the interpretation of clinically used FL tests
Assess innovative research techniques for investigating frontal disorders
Apply this knowledge to neurorehabilitation approaches
Speaker Biography: Donald T. Stuss, Ph.D., FRSC, FCAHS, C. Psych., ABPP-CN, Order of Ontario, is founding President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Brain Institute (2011 – 2015); University of Toronto Professor of Medicine (Neurology and Rehabilitation Science) and Psychology (1989 – ); founding Director of the Rotman Research Institute, from 1989 to 2008, Reva James Leeds Chair in Neuroscience and Research Leadership 2001-2009; interim Director and CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery 2008-2009; Senior Scientist (currently adjunct) at the Rotman Research Institute of Baycrest Centre (1989 – ); Associate Scientist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (2005 – );. Selected Honors: Fellow of AAAS, APA (Divisions 3, 6, 20, 40), APS, American Heart and Stroke Association, CPA,; University of Toronto Faculty Award (2004); University Professor status (awarded to a maximum of 2% of the tenured university academic staff), University of Toronto (2004); National Academy of Neuropsychology 2011 Lifetime Contributions to Neuropsychology Award; 3rd Annual Charles Branch Brain Health Award, University of Texas at Dallas (2012); Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012); International Neuropsychological Society Lifetime Achievement Award (2013); Gold Key Award American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (2014); Donald O. Hebb Distinguished Contribution Award, Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science. Personal research focuses on understanding and treating the cognitive functions and personality changes associated with the frontal lobes as they occur after stroke, normal elderly, and in those with traumatic brain injury or dementia. Publications: over 215 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 50 chapters, 1 co-authored and 4 edited books. Total citation count >20,500.