November 18, 2008
For immediate release
Dr. Steven R. Smith of the Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara has just published Collaborative Therapeutic Neuropsychological Assessment (Springer, 2008) with co-author Tad T. Gorske, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. The clinical knowledge presented in this volume builds on the centrality of assessment in care to signal potent new directions in practice and training. The book’s goal is to overcome perhaps the greatest challenge faced by neuropsychological assessment – its image as a bearer of bad news, i.e., the diagnosis of cognitive impairment. To meet this challenge and better address patient needs, practitioners need to fill the void that too often exists between diagnosis and treatment, starting with exchanging feedback about test results. In Collaborative Therapeutic Neuropsychological Assessment Smith and Gorske have developed methods that expand on traditional information-gathering means to build rapport with patients and let their voices be heard in decision-making: this client-centered approach has shown to lead to more personal interventions, better compliance, and stronger recovery.
In contrast with other books in the field, this reader-friendly volume provides detailed methods and procedures on client feedback as well as assessment, in addition to conceptual and practical basics:
Dr. Steven R. Smith joined the faculty of the Gevirtz School as a member of the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology in July 2004. He directs the Psychology Assessment Center, a clinical research center that provides neuropsychological and personality assessment services to area children and adults. The Center serves as a research and clinical base from which to explore the psychometric correlates of various clinical disorders, both neurocognitive and psychological. Smith earned his B.A. from Beloit College and M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arkansas. He completed an internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Following his post-doc, he stayed at MGH for two years, serving as Director of Consultation Neuropsychology and as a staff psychologist in the department of Child Psychiatry.
[Steve Smith is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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