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Neuropsychology Forum

The Basics of Blast Injury including the Physics

  • April 25, 2012
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, 375 Laguna Honda Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94116

Northern California Neuropsychology Forum


The Basics of Blast Injury including the Physics

Laura Howe, J.D.,Ph.D. and Neda Raymond, Ph.D.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

4:00-6:00 PM

Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center

375 Laguna Honda Blvd.

San Francisco, CA 94116

The need for active duty and civilian neuropsychologists to work with service members has grown dramatically. Non-lethal exposure to blast injuries has increased over the years. Blast injuries and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders are considered signature injuries of the current conflicts. This talk will provide an overview of blast injury including the physics of blast injury. We will review the human and animal literature and discuss issues that must be considered when evaluating individuals exposed to explosive blasts.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the mechanisms of injury associated with blast injury
  2. Understand the physics of blast injury
  3. Discuss symptom overlap between blast injury and PTSD
  4. List important considerations to take into account when evaluating individuals exposed to blast injury

Dr. Howe is Neuropsychologist at the Palo Alto VA Healthcare System working in the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center and Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center doing a combination of clinical, research, administrative, and training/mentoring activities. She is also an attorney and licensed to practice law in California. She consults with psychologists and attorneys regarding Test Security and Third Party Observer issues during assessment. Her consultation with others regarding TPOs has contributed to the creation of a Practice Guideline by the College of Alberta Psychologists (October 2008), a policy statement by the Canadian Psychological Association (March 2009), and a Position Statement by the Colorado Neuropsychological Society (February 2008). She founded the Group Protecting the Integrity of Psychological Examinations in 2005, which is a coalition of individuals and organizations who submit Amicus Curiae Briefs in select appellate level cases. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Psychological Injury and Law, The Clinical Neuropsychologist, and also Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. She guest edited a special issue of The Clinical Neuropsychologist specifically devoted to advocacy issues within the field of Neuropsychology and Psychology. She is an active researcher who has published 17 articles, one book review, one test review, and five book chapters. She is the Palo Alto site PI for the TBI Model Systems collaboration. She has DoD and APA Div 40 grant funding. She is co-administrator of the NPSYCH list serve. She was on the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Conflict of Interest Committee from 2007-2009 and is now the Chair of the Legislative Action and Advocacy Committee (2010-2012).  She was awarded the Early Career Service Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology in 2009.

Neda Raymond, Ph.D. is a Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellow at the Palo Alto VA Health Care System. She completed internship at the North Texas VA Health Care System where she trained primarily in outpatient Neuropsychological assessment and intervention in outpatient settings with a focus on neurodegenerative dementias in geriatric populations. She has also trained at the Cleveland Clinic/Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.  She was the recipient of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Graduate and Professional Student Research Forum award for Outstanding Presentation in the area of Social Sciences for her dissertation research examining the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder on the daily functioning of recent war veterans.  She completed her graduate work at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

NCNF offers credit:  CE 2 credits accredited by APA; QME 2 credits

NCNF is authorized by APA to offer 2 hours of continuing education credit for attendance at this presentation and by the Office of Workers Compensation to offer Qualified Medical Examiner credit. NCNF maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Questions regarding special accommodations:  Call Dr. Brenda Austin, NCNF President at 415.759.4590.


·      Professional Member: Preregistration:

o   $35; At the door: $50

·      Nonmember Preregistration:

o   $50; At the door: $65

·      Student Member Preregistration:

o   $15; At the door: $25

·      Student Nonmember Preregistration:

o   $30; At the door: $40



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Oakland, CA 94605


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This event is accessible by public transportation, MUNI K,L,M lines, 43/44 bus, or by driving and utilizing street parking. http://lagunahonda.org/

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