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Episode: 15 | Interventional Neuropsychology: Compensatory Cognitive Training - With Dr. Beth Twamley

Episode Description: Compensatory Cognitive Training (CCT) is a growing area of research and clinical practice for neuropsychologists in academic and rehabilitation settings. CCT leverages intact brain networks in order to teach skills that can improve someone’s ability to function independently in day-to-day life, despite the presence of other disrupted brain networks. CCT has wide-reaching applications and can be beneficial for many of the clinical populations neuropsychologists already work with, including individuals with traumatic brain injury, severe mental illness, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia. In this episode, we will talk to Elizabeth Twamley, Ph.D., about CCT: how it is applied, similarities to cognitive rehabilitation, who benefits most, where the field is going, and much more.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the spared brain systems that are leveraged by cognitive training in order to confer benefits to cognitive and functional ability.
  2. Critique the efficacy of cognitive training in various clinical populations.
  3. Explain how to implement cognitive training in a clinical setting.
  4. Discuss how neuropsychologists can benefit from functioning as interventionists (in addition to assessors) in their professional lives.