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Episode 76 | Aerospace Neuropsychology - With Dr. Randy Georgemiller


A high level of cognitive functioning is crucial to the safe and competent operation of aircraft. Neuropsychologists are increasingly called upon to perform cognitive evaluations of commercial airline pilots and these evaluations are unique in many ways compared to more conventional clinical assessments in hospital settings. In this episode, we discuss the ins and outs of aerospace neuropsychology, including important clinically relevant evidence-based advice and guidance for neuropsychologists looking to extend their practice by evaluating aviators.

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Randy Georgemiller
Instructor Credentials

Dr. Randy Georgemiller is a board certified clinical psychologist who works as a neuropsychologist for the Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Aerospace Medicine. Prior to accepting a full time position, he served as an FAA Neuropsychology Consultant for more than two decades. Professionally, he led a multisite group psychology practice in Chicago for 20 years where aviation neuropsychology and addictions were primary focuses of his work. Relevant experience included his decade long consulting psychologist position with the Hazelden Foundation in Chicago. Most recently, his experience includes tenure with Army Medicine as a neuropsychologist. Besides being a fellow of the American Psychological Association and Illinois Psychological Association he has held leadership positions within both professional organizations. He has published and presented before national and international organizations in the fields of neuropsychology, aviation psychology, military psychology, LGBT psychology, and geropsychology.

Topics Covered
  • The HIMS program.
  • The path for neuropsychologists to become credentialed to complete evaluations for pilots.
  • Commercial, general, and military aviation.
  • Fatigue and aviation.
  • Ways in which the aging process can impact aviation skills and performance.
  • The impact of subclinical cognitive and psychological symptoms on pilot performance and how neuropsychologists can measure these symptoms.
  • The CogScreen-AE.
  • The use of criterion-referenced versus norm-referenced standards in neuropsychological evaluations of pilots.
  • Validity issues in the neuropsychological evaluation of pilots.
  • Evaluations of air traffic controllers.
Educational Objectives
  • List the cognitive skills required for competent performance in the cockpit.
  • Discuss the ways in which the aging process can impact aviation skills and performance.
  • Describe how subclinical cognitive and psychological symptoms can impact pilot performance and how neuropsychologists can measure these symptoms.
  • Listeners will apply the knowledge gained in this episode by performing competent neuropsychological evaluations of pilots.
Target Audience
  • Introductory
  • Date Available: 2021-08-01
  • You may obtain CE for this podcast at any time.
Offered for CE
  • Yes
  • Members: $20
  • Non-Members: $25
Refund Policy
  • This podcast is not eligible for refunds
CE Credits
  • 1.0 Credit(s)
  • N/A
  • N/A
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