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Episode: 41 | Teleneuropsychology - With Dr. Munro Cullum

Episode Description: The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting every corner of our world, and neuropsychology is certainly not immune from its effects.  In particular, many neuropsychological clinics have temporarily shut down operations in response to the widespread call for social distancing.  With this as the backdrop, we speak with Munro Cullum, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, about teleneuropsychology and telemedicine in general.  We distinguish between pre-COVID-19 teleneuropsychological evaluations, conducted in clinics and other controlled environments, and the current push for home-to-home teleneuropsychology.  We then dive into the details of teleneuropsychology, including topics such as research evidence for feasibility, reliability, and validity of this methodology, patient acceptability, environmental challenges, patient privacy and informed consent, and trainee clinical hours, among others.  Throughout the interview, Dr. Cullum summarizes the current literature and provides advice, tips, and guidance for interested researchers and clinicians.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss contemporary research investigating validity and diagnostic accuracy of teleneuropsychological assessment compared to typical neuropsychological assessment.
  2. Explain important considerations for teleneuropsychological evaluation for various clinical populations.
  3. Describe standardized test administration and test security as it applies to both typical and atypical application of teleneuropsychological evaluations.
  4. List supervision techniques for neuropsychologists working with trainees to implement teleneuropsychological assessments.