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The Path To Becoming Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology Through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)

What is board certification? Board certification demonstrates expertise in the field and is the highest standard of the profession. It is a multi-step, rigorous process to ensure candidates have the breadth and depth of training required of an ABPP diplomate. Most importantly, individuals seeking a neuropsychological evaluation from a boarded neuropsychologist can be sure that …

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Attention & Focus: Where Have Mine Gone, and How Do I get Them Back?

It’s Okay to be Unfocused! First, I blamed the pandemic for my poor sustained attention. It was such a stressful time, work was changing, I worried about family becoming ill- of course my attention was shot. Still now, I feel like there are moments when I am not as “on my game” as I was …

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Why Board Certification?

You might have seen my prior post from July 2021 entitled “Conscious Consumerism: Understanding Provider Competence and Getting The Services You Seek.” In that post, I endeavored to empower families with information and helpful questions to ask about their clinical provider’s competence. Given the increased mental health strain in our country (and quite frankly our …

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Dr. Ghilain’s New Book *NOW AVAILABLE*: A Neuropsychologist’s Guide to Training Psychometrists

The end of 2021 was a busy time for many people, and I certainly felt like December came and went in a flash! One exciting piece of news I’d like to share is that my book, “A Neuropsychologist’s Guide to Training Psychometrists: Promoting Competence in Psychological Testing” was released on December 13, 2021. Primarily written …

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Concussion: Promoting Facts over Media-Sensationalized Fiction

  The discussion of concussions has exploded in popular media in the last few years. It seems nearly every popular media site has done at least one or two pieces, sometimes many more, on the impacts of concussion and its related symptoms. In today’s blog post, Dr. Ghilain goes over the symptoms of concussion and …

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Autism Spectrum Disorders: What is This “Spectrum,” And Why Are So Many Affected?

In January 2020, the American Academy of Pediatrics published updated guidelines for the identification, diagnosis and treatment of individuals on the autism spectrum. In today’s post, I walk through the behaviors that are consistent with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism Defined Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by deficits in social communication/language as well …

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): 3 subtypes

  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder seen in my practice. Often co-occurring with other diagnoses such as dyslexia or epilepsy, my clients are often surprised to learn that ADHD is diagnosed based on 3 different behavioral profiles. In today’s blog, I share the 3 different types of ADHD, and the reasons …

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Congenital Heart Disease (CHD): Why Are Heart Problems a Concern for Neuropsychologists?

Today is World Heart Day, and so there is no better time to share information about congenital heart disease (CHD). Nearly 1% of children are born with CHD each year, making it a very common birth condition. Advancements in medical treatments for CHD allow >90% of diagnosed individuals to live long and fulfilled lives. However, …

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Alzheimer’s disease: Symptoms & Diagnosis

In honor of World Alzheimer’s Day yesterday, I wanted to share a little bit about the diagnostic process of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). I often receive questions about whether changes in thinking are due to normal aging, due to a neurodegenerative process like AD, or due to something else entirely!  Background Information First, a bit of …

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