1st Edition

The Neuropsychology of Asian Americans

Edited By

Daryl E.M. Fujii

ISBN 9781138882966
Published June 23, 2015 by Psychology Press
324 Pages

USD $62.95

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Book Description

This volume is the first comprehensive resource to assist neuropsychologists to provide culturally competent services to Asian Americans. It highlights pertinent historical socio-cultural characteristics of the largest Asian American ethnic groups, which helps to conceptualize presentation, provide an optimal environment for test administration, interpret tests within a cultural context, and offer culturally sensitive feedback and recommendations. In addition, the volume gives a summary of the available neuropsychological literature for each Asian American ethnic group, recommendations for testing, and illustrative case samples.

The second purpose of the volume is to provide a glimpse of how neuropsychology is currently practiced in different Asian countries, by reviewing the neuropsychological literature and by listing the available resources. This information gives valuable insights to neuropsychologists working with Asian communities throughout the world.

Neuropsychology of Asian Americans is an essential resource for clinical neuropsychologists and school psychologists who perform neuropsychological services to Asians. It is also an important resource for academic neuropsychologists and students with Asians in their sample, as cultural variables may have moderating effects on data that information in this book helps to elucidate.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Asian American Neuropsychology. D. Fujii, Introduction. D. Fujii, B. Yee, S. Eap, T. Kuoch, M. Scully, Neuropsychology of Cambodian Americans. T. Wong, Neuropsychology of Chinese Americans. K. Nadal, J. Monzones, Neuropsychological Assessments and Filipino Americans: Cultural Implications for Practice. D. Fujii, A. Vang, Neuropsychology of Hmong. V. Phatak, V. Kamath, D. Fujii, Neuropsychology of Asian Indian Americans. B. Tsushima, V. Tsushima, D. Fujii, Neuropsychology of Japanese Americans. M.Y. Jo, L. Kwon Dawson, Neuropsychological Assessment of Korean Americans. D. Fujii, Neuropsychology of Laotian Americans. D. Fujii, T. Wu, K. Ratanadilok, Neuropsychology of Thai Americans. D. Ngo, M.T. Le, P.D. Le, Neuropsychology of Vietnamese Americans. Part 2. Neuropsychology in Asia. A. Chan, W. Leung, M.C. Cheung, Neuropsychology in China. K. Kumar, Neuropsychology in India. A. Isomura, M. Mimura, Neuropsychology in Japan. J. Chey, H. Park, Neuropsychology in Korea. N.C. Din, Neuropsychology in Malaysia. M.R. Lopa-Ramos, L. Ledesma, Neuropsychology in the Philippines. S. Collinson, D. Yeo, Neuropsychology in Singapore: History, Development, and Future Directions. K. Ratanadilok, Neuropsychology in Thailand

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Daryl Fujii is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist (American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology) and a fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has over 50 publications including an edited book, The Spectrum of Psychotic Disorders. Daryl has been actively promoting cross cultural neuropsychological competencies through his involvement with the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) and Veteran’s Affairs Psychology Diversity Training Committee, and mentoring ethnic minority neuropsychologists through his participation in APA’s Division 40 Ethnic Minority Affairs Committee as well as training practicum students, interns, and post doctoral fellows. Daryl currently works as a geriatric neuropsychologist at the Pacific Island Health Care Services Center for Aging and is an international consultant and lecturer.


"While no one book can allow us to understand [cultural] differences fully, the current volume goes a long way in helping neuropsychologists feel much less helpless. ... When it comes to U.S. neuropsychologists seeing Asian clients ... The Neuropsychology of Asian-Americans is the place to look. ... A rewarding read for those who are interested in cross-cultural issues generally. The astonishing range of languages, levels and types of education, cultural practices and influences, and histories represented in this book is a useful antidote to Asian stereotyping. ... The writing is uniformly clear and straightforward, another indication of excellent editing. ... The Neuropsychology of Asian-Americans is a very practical book. It provides a concise guide to the clinician that is well-written and well-organized. Hopefully, it may serve as a model for future work concerning other immigrant populations. ... If we in the West truly want to understand the neuropsychological functioning of the human brain, we must become more aware of that other half of humanity that is addressed in this book." – Tedd Judd, Clinical Neuropsychologist, in Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society

"Daryl Fujii’s Neuropsychology of Asian Americans is an invaluable resource for any clinician, trainee, or student who wishes to gain cross-cultural competence with clients of Asian descent. While this book provides a comprehensive review of cultural factors that are directly applicable to neuropsychological assessment, the breadth and depth of information covered in this book is highly useful for any clinician who works with this population." - Lauren Drag, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Health System, USA

"The Neuropsychology of Asian Americans superbly describes many cultural and linguistic factors that can undermine an evidence-based assessment of Asian Americans. ... The Neuropsychology of Asian Americans is a unique resource in that it provides historical background information regarding the stressors, conflicts, wars, and other sociological issues unique to each of the cultures discussed. ... The Neuropsychology of Asian Americans is an engaging, comprehensive, and informative text for any clinician who assesses or treats clients of Asian descent. The recommendations and case studies make the book easy to read and a practical reference. This book would also be useful to incorporate in course work on diversity and culturally competent practice in counseling or clinical psychology programs. It is a necessary read for any clinician using psychological or cognitive tests with Asian Americans. At the very least, any psychologist or neuropsychologist, especially those practicing in an urban environment, will benefit by having this text as a reference." – Robert B. Perna and Rebecca Villar in PsycCRITIQUES