Assessment and remediation of executive functioning

Clinical Neuropsychology Programme November 6th 2015

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Afternoon session – 2pm to 4pm

Assessment and remediation of executive functioning

Executive functioning includes a suite of skills that are the essential in certain cognitive tasks such as working memory, planning, problem solving, attention and organization. Executive skills also include metacogntive skills such as insight, the ability to evaluate and revise behaviour, perspective-taking and judgment and reasoning. Compromised executive skills can have the most devastating consequences for the patient. Consequently they are an important part of neuropsychological assessment and treatment planning.

Dr. Simone Carton is the Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist and Head of the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH), Ireland. Following graduation in Clinical Psychology from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 1993, she completed specialist training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the Institute of Psychiatry, the Institute of Neurology London and the University of Surrey, UK.

Since 1995, Dr. Carton has worked primarily with patients with acquired brain injury (ABI) at the NRH. She has a particular interest in neurobehavioural changes associated with neurological changes and the implications these can have for the patient and their families.

Dr. Carton is a Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Neuropsychology on the Doctoral Programme at TCD and at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and University of Limerick. She is currently engaged in research in collaboration with TCD, National University Ireland Maynooth and the John Hopkins School of Medicine, USA.