Join Us in Celebrating HNS’s Inaugural Research Hour!
The theme for the 2019 HNS Conference highlights the rich, diverse research that is being conducted at the national and international levels. We emphasize this year’s conference theme of “Cultural Neuropsychology in Action!” when examining brain-behavior relationships as culture provides contextual information in our understanding of behaviors and brain mechanisms. Our presentations and posters speak to the relevance of culture to neuropsychology and how engaging in cultural practices relates to the organization, development, maintenance, and revision of an individual’s cognition and behaviors. We are eager to highlight the exciting research currently being conducted in cultural neuropsychology, as well as how this research relates to clinical practice, education/training, and policy.
Our programming includes a brief presentation titled “Learn about the NIH Toolbox Spanish Version” and the HNS Inaugural Poster Session, with 70+ posters highlighting research, case studies and special topics.
Learn about the NIH Toolbox Spanish Version
Richard C. Gershon, PhD
Vice Chair of Research and Professor of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. In response to the realization that the outcomes tools which I was using in clinical practice were outdated and failed to cover the needs of my patients, my career has increasingly focused on the development of modern assessment tools. I am continuously striving to find new ways to assess outcomes of treatment and methodologies to get that information into the hands of clinicians in a manner that can immediately impact treatment. As PI for the NIH Toolbox for the Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function I created and oversaw a team of over 235 researchers from around the world to create a large battery of instruments for clinical-investigators to assess various areas within cognitive, motor, sensory and emotional health, for longitudinal, clinical and comparative effectiveness research. Over the years and with requests from the NIH, my team has optimized existing and developed dozens of new PRO’s. I actively consult on numerous PRO projects on the behalf of PCORI and the FDA. In my role as Principal Investigator for the NIH Roadmap Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Technical Center, I have served as technology host for more than 2,000 researchers and clinicians who are registered users of AssessmentCenter.net – a test authoring and study administration portal which I created as part of PROMIS I and which now serves as the host for the web-based versions of many instrument systems. I am the PI for the project Advancing Reliable Measurement in Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive Aging (ARMADA) to validate the NIH Toolbox amongst Alzheimer’s populations and older age groups, as well as for the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) PRO Measurement Core where our group recommends, develops and curates assessment delivery for over 80 sites. This background is further augmented by my role as a co-investigator and/or consultant on over 100 assessment development projects in health care, education and certification.
Julie N. Hook, MBA, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Hook is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University and the NIH Toolbox® Product Manager. Dr. Hook is also a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist.
Dr. Hook’s career spans both academia and commercial test publishing. She has worked as an Assistant Professor and Clinical Neuropsychologist at Rush University (Chicago, IL) and as a Project Director and Manager of Quality Assurance at the Psychological Assessment Resources. She is excited to work on the NIH Toolbox and help to expand its audience.
Jerry Slotkin, PhD
Dr. Slotkin is a Research Assistant Professor in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware and assistant director of the Center for Health Assessment Research and Translation (CHART). He joined CHART in 2015.
Dr. Slotkin has expertise in assessment as a school and clinical psychologist. His research interests are in the development of large-scale assessments and implementation of computer-administered measures. He also has significant experience managing and leading large-scale measurement projects. These have included overseeing all test development for state testing programs and formative assessment products as Vice President of Test Development at Riverside Publishing, managing the development of cognition and sensation batteries as well as overseeing all scoring procedures as a Co-Investigator for the NIH Toolbox for Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function, and serving as Co-Investigator and as Northwestern University’s Scientific Director for Health Measurement on the National Children’s Study.
Currently, Dr. Slotkin serves as the project lead on DoD-sponsored project to develop tools to measure psychosocial functioning for individuals with traumatic limb injuries and amputations, is a Co-Investigator and site PI for the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) PRO Core, Advancing Reliable Measurement in Alzheimer’s Disease and cognitive Aging (ARMADA), and the National Person-Centered Assessment Resource (PCAR) grants.
Dr. Slotkin obtained his B.A. in Psychology and Economics from Duke University, his M.A. in School Psychology from the University of Georgia, and his Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Georgia.