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1st Edition

Neuropsychological Report Writing

Edited By

Jacobus Donders

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ISBN 9781462524174
Published March 14, 2016 by Guilford Press
265 Pages

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Book Description

All neuropsychologists need to know how to produce evidence-based reports. This book brings together experts to provide an in-depth guide to high-quality report writing in a range of contexts, including evaluations of older adults, psychiatric patients, those with complex medical conditions, schoolchildren, and others. It reviews the fundamental elements of a clinical neuropsychological report and shows how to tailor findings, conclusions, and recommendations to particular audiences, such as referring physicians, school professionals, and legal decision makers. Of special utility, every chapter features excerpts of sample reports, including examples of strong and poor documentation of the same material.

Table of Contents

1. General Principles of Neuropsychological Report Preparation, Jacobus Donders & Carrie-Ann H. Strong
2. Neuropsychological Reports for School-Age Children, Kira Armstrong & Shannon M. Lundy
3. Neuropsychological Evaluation of the Medically Complex Child, Marsha Vasserman & Ida Sue Baron
4. Differential Diagnosis in Older Adults, Laura H. Lacritz & Heidi C. Rossetti
5. Psychopathology and Psychiatric Comorbidity, Robert M. Roth & Laura A. Flashman
6. Personal Injury Forensic Neuropsychological Evaluation, Glenn J. Larrabee
7. Criminal Forensic Neuropsychological Evaluation, Joel E. Morgan & Bernice A. Marcopulos
8. Pre- and Postsurgical Neuropsychological Evaluation: Illustrations in Epilepsy, Chris Morrison & William S. MacAllister
9. Evaluation for Treatment Planning in Rehabilitation, Kirk J. Stucky & Thomas J. Gola

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Jacobus Donders, PhD, ABPP (CN, RP), is Chief Psychologist at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology, Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology, and Rehabilitation Psychology through the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. His main interests include validity of neuropsychological tests and prediction of outcome after brain injury. In addition to being an active clinical practitioner, Dr. Donders has served on multiple editorial and executive boards, has published more than 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals as well as several edited or coedited books, and is an associate editor of Child Neuropsychology and Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology.


"An invaluable guide for students tackling the difficult task of learning to write outstanding reports that are maximally useful in various practice contexts. There are also enough high-level tips and strategies to make midcareer neuropsychologists want to read this book to sharpen their craft. Engaging and clear, the book addresses not only the mechanics of report writing, but also critical issues of test selection and interpretation and common mistakes. This is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach; rather, the book provides multiple report-writing tools that can be pulled out of the toolkit depending on the audience and purpose of the assessment. This book will undoubtedly become a mainstay in graduate-level neuropsychological assessment courses and a well-used reference for practicing neuropsychologists."--Karen Postal, PhD, ABPP-CN, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; private practice, Andover, Massachusetts

"Neuropsychologists routinely write reports, yet remarkably little literature exists on the topic. Donders should be commended for so superbly filling the gap. Each chapter is chock full of usable tips and expert advice to make report writing more efficient and consumer friendly. The volume is so rich with actionable information that it promises to be of use not only to students and early-career neuropsychologists, but also to seasoned practitioners."--Michael W. Kirkwood, PhD, ABPP-CN, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Children’s Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado School of Medicine

"The editor and contributors achieve their goal of promoting practical and effective clinical reports. Chapters describe specific contexts in which neuropsychologists provide comprehensive assessment services, summarizing the issues that need to be addressed in each situation. The exemplars comparing less desirable and more desirable ways of communicating the same information are very helpful. This volume captures the complexity of neuropsychology practice and provides important insights for emerging and established practitioners."--Celiane Rey-Casserly, PhD, ABPP-CN, Director, Center for Neuropsychology, Boston Children’s Hospital

"Donders has gathered an extraordinary group of neuropsychological experts from a wide range of practice settings and patient populations across the lifespan. This essential volume provides thoughtful guidance in the construction of evidence-based clinical neuropsychological reports. In each chapter, readers will find well-reasoned discussions of the crucial variables to be considered. Abundant examples illustrate how to craft the wording of reports to best meet the needs of our patients and others who rely on our assessments to inform decisions and provide appropriate services."--John A. Lucas, PhD, ABPP-CN, Department of Psychology, Mayo Clinic Florida
-The authors have done an admirable job of putting into words some of the more difficult concepts about report writing that a clinician might know, but not be able to articulate to students. This would serve as an excellent resource for trainees across all areas of psychology given the broad applicability of the concepts. Certainly, there are more seasoned clinicians who could further refine their report writing with this book as well. *****!--Doody's Review Service, 10/17/2016