Neuropsychological Assessment of Work-Related Injuries

Edited by Shane S. Bush, Grant L. Iverson

© 2012 – Guilford Press

414 pages

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About the Book

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.


"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, in private practice, San Francisco, California, USA

"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, NorthShore University HealthSystem and University of Chicago, USA

"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, Texas A&M University, USA

Table of Contents

S.Bush, G.L. Iverson, Introduction. Part 1: Work-Related Injuries. G.L. Iverson, R.T. Lange, Traumatic Brain Injury in the Workplace. M.R. Lovell, Assessment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the Professional Athlete. J.W. Fink, L. Rog, S.S. Bush, N.H. Pliskin, Electrical Injury in the Workplace. R.J. McCaffrey, A.S. Miele, Neurotoxic Exposure Injuries in the Workplace. L.M. French, G.L. Iverson, R.T. Lange, R.A. Bryant, Neuropsychological Consequences of Injury in Military Personnel. Part 2: Mental Health and Chronic Pain. G.M. Rosen, B.K. Grunert, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the Workplace. K.E. Ferguson, G.L. Iverson, S.A. Langenecker, A.H. Young, Depression in the Context of Workplace Injury. L.M. McCracken, M. Thompson, Neuropsychological Aspects of Chronic Pain. Part 3: Professional Practice Issues. G.J. Lamberty, Neuropsychological Evaluation and Treatment: The Clinician’s Perspective. S.S. Bush, R.L. Heilbronner, The Neuropsychological IME. R.L. Heilbronner, G.K. Henry, Neuropsychological Assessment and Consultation in Forensic Practice: A Practical Approach to Work-Related Injuries. D.W. Lovejoy, H.J. Oakes, The Behavioral Health Provider as a Participant in the Disability Determination Process: Evaluations, Terminology, and Systems. R. Fraser, D. Strand, E. Johnson, C. Johnson, Applying Neuropsychology in Vocational Rehabilitation Intervention: Issues in Work Access and Work Return. G.L. Iverson, B.L. Brooks, J.A. Holdnack, Evidence-Based Neuropsychological Assessment Following Work-Related Injury.

About the Editors

Edited by Shane S. Bush, PhD, ABPP, ABN, Long Island Neuropsychology, P.C.; VA New York Harbor Healthcare System; and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Stony Brook University Medical School, New York, USA; and Grant L. Iverson, PhD, British Columbia Mental Health and Addiction Services; and Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, University of British Columbia, Canada

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