1st Edition

Neuropsychology of Everyday Functioning

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ISBN 9781606234594
Published December 9, 2009 by Guilford Press
477 Pages

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Book Description

While neuropsychological testing can accurately detect cognitive deficits in persons with brain injury, the ability to reliably predict how these individuals will function in everyday life has remained elusive. This authoritative volume brings together well-known experts to present recent advances in the neuropsychological assessment of key real-world capacities: the ability to live independently, work, manage medications, and drive a car. For each of these domains, contributors describe cutting-edge tests, procedures, and interpretive strategies and examine salient theoretical and methodological issues. Chapters also review approaches for evaluating specific populations, including older adults and patients with traumatic brain injury, depression, dementia, schizophrenia, and other neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Table of Contents

 I. Assessment Concepts and Methods

A. Approaches to Assessing the Relationship between Cognition and Everyday Functioning

1. Neuropsychology and the Prediction of Everyday Functioning, Thomas D. Marcotte, J. Cobb Scott, Rujvi Kamat, and Robert K. Heaton

2. Understanding the Relevance of Human Factors/Ergonomics to Neuropsychology Practice and the Assessment of Everyday Functioning, Wendy A. Rogers, Andrew K. Mayer, and Cara B. Fausset

3. Occupational Therapy Approach to Assessing the Relationship between Cognition and Function, Carolyn M. Baum and Noomi Katz

B. Assessment of Specific Functional Abilities and Assessment Considerations

4. The Relationship between Instrumental Activities of Daily Living and Neuropsychological Performance, David Loewenstein and Amarilis Acevedo

5. The Prediction of Vocational Functioning from Neuropsychological Performance, Joseph R. Sadek and Wilfred G. van Gorp

6. Medication Management, Terry R. Barclay, Matthew J. Wright, and Charles H. Hinkin

7. The Brain on the Road, Matthew Rizzo and Ida L. Kellison

8. Considerations in the Cross-Cultural Assessment of Functional Abilities, Mariana Cherner

II. Everyday Impact of Normal Aging and Neuropsychiatric Disorders

9. The Impact of Cognitive Impairments on Health-Related Quality of Life, Robert M. Kaplan, Brent T. Mausbach, Thomas D. Marcotte, and Thomas L. Patterson

10. Normal Aging and Everyday Functioning, Karlene Ball, Lesley A. Ross, and Sarah Viamonte

11. Everyday Functioning in Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment, Paul Malloy and Nicole C. R. McLaughlin

12. Everyday Functioning in Vascular Dementia, Robert H. Paul, Susan E. Maloney, and Patricia Boyle

13. Everyday Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury, Rema A. Lillie, Kristina Kowalski, Brigitte N. Patry, Claire Sira, Holly Tuokko, and Catherine A. Mateer

14. Neuropsychological Assessment and Sports-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Concussion), Mark R. Lovell and Jamie E. Pardini

15. Cognitive Functioning and Everyday Tasks in Multiple Sclerosis, Peter A. Arnett and Megan M. Smith

16. Everyday Impact of HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders, J. Cobb Scott and Thomas D. Marcotte

17. The Influence of Depression on Cognition and Daily Functioning, David J. Moore, Suzanne Moseley, and J. Hampton Atkinson

18. Cognition and Daily Functioning in Schizophrenia, Michael F. Green

Future Directions in the Assessment of Everyday Functioning, Thomas D. Marcotte and Igor Grant

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Thomas D. Marcotte, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and Center Manager of the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center at UCSD. His research focuses on the development of methods for assessing and predicting the impact of cognitive impairments on the ability to carry out everyday activities, in particular, driving an automobile. Dr. Marcotte also has a program of research investigating HIV-related neurocognitive dysfunction, particularly in the international context. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on these topics and served on the editorial boards of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society and Neuropsychology.

Igor Grant, MD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center at the University of California, San Diego. He has contributed extensively to the literature on neuropsychiatry, particularly the effects of alcohol abuse, drug abuse, HIV, and other disease states on neurocognitive functioning and underlying brain disease. Dr. Grant’s work has also touched on the effects of life stress on health, in particular, physiological changes and coping among chronically stressed caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. He is Founding Editor of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society and AIDS and Behavior.


This book heralds a new age in clinical neuropsychology. Marcotte and Grant have done a masterful job of identifying leaders in the field of everyday functioning to capture the breadth and depth of this critical and challenging area. Chapters provide an excellent framework for assessing everyday functioning and its relationship to cognitive deficits across a wide spectrum of etiologies and types of functions. The volume is 'must' reading for clinicians and researchers, and the functional impact of neuropsychological deficits should be a cornerstone of neuropsychological training programs. Instructors in the field will find this book an indispensable text.--Kathleen Y. Haaland, PhD, ABPP-CN, New Mexico VA Healthcare System and Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry, University of New Mexico
Finally, a book that puts the brain into the context of the real world! The editors and contributors should be commended for this remarkable, broad-reaching volume that explores the neuropsychological underpinnings of some of our most fundamental tasks of everyday living. Not since Halstead’s seminal Brain and Intelligence has the ecological validity of neuropsychological procedures been systematically raised to such a truly scientific plane of inquiry. Thought provoking and generative, this book is 'must' reading for practitioners, researchers, advanced graduate students, and instructors.--Gordon J. Chelune, PhD, ABPP-CN, Senior Neuropsychologist, Center for Alzheimer’s Care, Imaging and Research, Department of Neurology, University of Utah
Often, clinicians and investigators find it difficult to understand the implications of neuropsychological test performance for real-world functioning. This comprehensive book presents state-of-the-art approaches for the evaluation of function in applied situations. It then explores the relationship between cognition and function in specific medical conditions and contexts. This book will be of great value to both the student and the experienced clinical practitioner. It will also serve as an important guide to investigators who wish to explore the functional implications of cognitive changes.--Yaakov Stern, PhD, Division Leader, Cognitive Neuroscience Division, Columbia University