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Neuropsychological Assessment of Work-Related Injuries

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ISBN 9781462502271
Published February 16, 2012 by Guilford Press
415 Pages

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Book Description

Unique in its focus, this book provides an evidence-based framework for assessing work-related neurological and psychological injuries. Meeting a key need, chapters address a range of problems encountered in the workplace: traumatic brain injury, sports concussion, electrical injury, exposure to neurotoxic substances, posttraumatic stress, depression, and brain and psychological injuries experienced in combat. Professionals will find the best available tools and strategies for conducting effective, ethical evaluations of injured workers, making diagnostic determinations, considering causality, determining disability status, and offering treatment recommendations. The complexities of consulting to attorneys, government agencies, and insurance companies are also discussed.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Shane S. Bush and Grant L. Iverson
I. Work-Related Injuries
1. Traumatic Brain Injury in the Workplace, Grant L. Iverson and Rael T. Lange
2. Assessment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the Professional Athlete, Mark R. Lovell
3. Electrical Injury in the Workplace, Joseph W. Fink, Lauren Rog, Shane S. Bush, and Neil H. Pliskin
4. Neurotoxic Exposure Injuries in the Workplace, Robert J. McCaffrey and Andrea S. Miele
5. Neuropsychological Consequences of Injury in Military Personnel, Louis M. French, Grant L. Iverson, Rael T. Lange and Richard A. Bryant
II. Mental Health and Chronic Pain
6. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the Workplace, Gerald M. Rosen and Brad K. Grunert
7. Depression in the Context of Workplace Injury, Kyle E. Ferguson, Grant L. Iverson, Scott A. Langenecker, and Allan H. Young
8. Neuropsychological Aspects of Chronic Pain, Lance M. McCracken and Miles Thompson
III. Professional Practice Issues
9. Neuropsychological Evaluation and Treatment: The Clinician’s Perspective, Greg J. Lamberty
10. The Neuropsychological IME, Shane S. Bush and Robert L. Heilbronner
11. Neuropsychological Assessment and Consultation in Forensic Practice: A Practical Approach to Work-Related Injuries, Robert L. Heilbronner and George K. Henry
12. The Behavioral Health Provider as a Participant in the Disability Determination Process: Evaluations, Terminology, and Systems, David W. Lovejoy and Howard J. Oakes
13. Applying Neuropsychology in Vocational Rehabilitation Intervention: Issues in Work Access and Work Return, Robert Fraser, David Strand, Erica Johnson, and Curt Johnson
14. Evidence-Based Neuropsychological Assessment Following Work-Related Injury, Grant L. Iverson, Brian L. Brooks, and James A. Holdnack

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Shane S. Bush, PhD, ABPP, ABN, is Director of Long Island Neuropsychology, P.C.; a neuropsychologist with the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System; and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. He is board certified in neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology, and immediate Past President of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Bush has published numerous articles, book chapters, and books, as well as two special journal issues. He presents frequently at professional conferences.
Grant L. Iverson, PhD, RPsych, is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, at the University of British Columbia. He served as Chair of the Canadian Psychological Association Section on Clinical Neuropsychology from 2003 to 2010, and is a founding member of the Traumatic Brain Injury Subcommittee of the Defense Health Board, a civilian advisory board to the U.S. Secretary of Defense. Dr. Iverson has published more than 225 empirical articles, reviews, and book chapters. He has conducted significant research into outcome from traumatic brain injury in athletes, civilians, service members, and veterans. He is also engaged in a multiyear research program designed to develop and evaluate evidence-based psychometric guidelines for identifying mild cognitive impairment in psychiatry and neurology.


"This work provides an objective review of the role and function of neuropsychology in assessing work-related injuries, an area in which clinical neuropsychologists have long participated, but without such a comprehensive resource. From explanations of the underlying science to best-practice guidelines, the book is thorough, readable, and a tribute to the editors' ability to attract such quality authors. My copy will become worn very quickly."--Cecil R. Reynolds, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology and Neuroscience and Distinguished Research Scholar, Texas A&M University

"Given the paucity of books on the neuropsychological assessment of individuals who have been injured at work, this is a welcome contribution. Neurological and psychological injuries specific to the workplace are summarized. The book succeeds in promoting evidence-based neuropsychological assessments by integrating the latest research and facilitating biopsychosocial understanding. Graduate students and experienced clinicians alike will benefit from the authoritative reviews and guidelines for practice in both clinical and forensic settings."--Ronald M. Ruff, PhD, private practice, San Francisco, California

"Bush, Iverson, and their well-known contributing authors have targeted an area of neuropsychological practice that is important, yet underserved, in terms of books that provide needed guidance. Clinicians will find a diversity of topics relevant to practice with individuals who have--or may have--work-related injuries."--Jerry J. Sweet, PhD, ABPP, NorthShore University HealthSystem and University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

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