For immediate release
May 10, 2012
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Neuropsychology: your brain and your behavior
Neuropsychology will be the focus
of Clark’s Mental Health Monday presentation
on Monday, May 14
VANCOUVER, Wash. – The mysteries of the brain will be the focus of Clark’s Mental Health Monday presentation on Monday, May 14.
The featured speaker will be Lawrence Moore, PhD, a neuropsychology specialist from Vancouver, Wash. Neuropsychology is the specialty within clinical psychology that studies the structure and function of the brain as they relate to a person’s behavior.
This interactive talk will present information about the role of a neuropsychologist, including how a neuropsychological assessment is conducted, and how the results of a neuropsychological assessment can be used for doctors, attorneys, and mental health professionals. Anyone interested in the brain should find the talk fascinating, but it may be of special interest to professionals and to students who are considering entering a field of psychology.
The presentation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Driving directions and parking maps are available at www.clark.edu/maps.
“Mental Health Mondays” sessions are sponsored by the Clark College Counseling Center. Additional information can be found at www.clark.edu/cc/mhm and by calling 360-992-2614.
Individuals who need accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services Office at (360) 992-2314 or (360) 991-0901 (VP), or visit Gaiser Hall room 137.
What is neuropsychology?
Neuropsychologists perform research to help answer questions about the relationship between the nervous system and cognitive functioning. They can also carry out clinical work, mostly in the form of assessment, to evaluate a patient and answer questions about how neurological illness and injury affect cognitive and psychological functioning.
Neuropsychological assessments can help answer questions for medical doctors who have patients with cognitive problems (perhaps related to a stroke or Alzheimer’s disease), for attorneys who need to know the extent of damage in their clients with neurological injuries (a head injury, for example), vocational counselors who need to know how thinking skills, emotions and academic abilities may help with retraining and getting someone back to work, for adjudicators in disability determination, and others who need to know about how the brain is functioning.
About Dr. Lawrence Moore
Dr. Lawrence Moore received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, Calif. and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at the UCLA Medical Center. His early research interests were in HIV/AIDS, learning disabilities and the corpus callosum. He moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1996 and was on the neurology faculty at OHSU for a several years. He also taught at Pacific University while building a private practice in Vancouver.
In 2001, he began consulting work with Summit Research Network in Portland to assist in clinical trials research for Alzheimer’s disease. He currently maintains a private practice in Vancouver, where he provides neuropsychological and psychological assessments, and continues to consult to Summit Research Network for clinical trials research.