2014 Pre-Conference Institute

Thursday November 20th, 2014
Philadelphia, PA

   Greg Siegle (University of Pittsburgh)
Christen Deveney (Wellesley College)
   Rudi De Raedt (University of Ghent)
Sophia Vinogradov (University of California, San Francisco)
Tracy Dennis (Hunter College, CUNY)
Natasha Hansen (University of Colorado)
Jan Mohlman (William Patterson University)
  Kristen Ellard (Massachusetts General Hospital)


Intervention Demos by:
Phil Enock, Kate Nooner, John Richey,  Rudi DeRaedt, Jonathan Remue, 
Tracy Dennis, Joseph A. Sandford,  Greg Siegle


  This institute will be a soup-to-nuts introduction to the emerging field of neurocognitive/translational interventions, including 1) the use of cognitive testing and biomarkers to understand individual differences in targetable mechanisms of psychological disorders, 2) the use of interventions that target neural mechanisms,which include behavioral, cognitive, neural stimulation, and neurofeedback approaches, 3) considerations involved in implementing these techniques in real-world clinical practices involving standards, affordabletechnologies, and how to evaluate evidence in light of a specific case presentation. The material will be a series of introductory talks to bring everyone up to speed on current technologies and perspectives on neurocognitive and translational interventions followed by hands-on demonstrations of actual neurocognitive interventions, time to discuss the use of neurocognitive interventions in your lab/practice with the speakers, and a closing discussion. All presenters will emphasize the manner in which multidisciplinary, translational approaches can be applied to advance clinical care. This institute will highlight, via neurocognitive interventions, ways in which clinical, treatment-oriented research and fields such as neuroscience, psychophysiology, and cognitive science, can synergistically inform one another.

Based on the content of the workshop, you will be able to:
1. Describe techniques useful for assessing individual differences in cognitive and neural mechanisms of psychological disorder.
2. Describe how to use information from neuroscience and neurocognitive assessments to augment case formulations.
3. Describe non-pharmacological techniques for targeting specific cognitive and neural mechanisms.
4. Explain when, whether, and how to apply neurocognitive interventions in real-world clinics.
5. Describe what would be involved in beginning to do research on novel neurocognitive interventions.

Recommended readings: 

1. Bar-Haim, Y. (2010). Research review: Attention bias modification (ABM): a novel treatment for anxiety disorders. J Child Psychol Psychiatry, 51, 859-870.

2. Siegle GJ, Ghinassi F, Thase ME. (2007). Neurobehavioral therapies in the 21st century: Summary of an emerging field and an extended example of Cognitive Control Training for depression. Cognitive Therapy & Research, 31, 235-262.

3. Floel A, Cohen, LG. (2006). Translational studies in neurorehabilitation: from bench to bedside. Cogn Behav Neurol 19, 1-10

Congratulations to Angela Fang and Elissa Hamlat, Winners of the Student Scholarship Competion! Angela and Elissa both received a scholarship from the SIG to attend the pre-conference institute scheduled for November 20th, 2014. More information about the scholarship winners is posted below.

Angela Fang, Ph.D. is a Clinical and Research Fellow in Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Angela completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Dartmouth College and her graduate training in Clinical Psychology at Boston University. Her clinical and research interests involve examining the neurobiological correlates of OC-spectrum and anxiety disorders, as well as the relationship between body dysmorphic disorder and social anxiety disorder. She is currently supported by the Harvard University Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative and International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation to conduct research examining the effect of intranasal oxytocin on social cognition in body dysmorphic disorder, and investigate oxytocin as a biomarker of social and cognitive impairments in this population.

Elissa is a 5th year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology in the Mood and Cognition Lab of Lauren Alloy at Temple University. She graduated with a degree in Cognitive Science from the University of California at Berkeley. Her career goals involve the investigation of the basic cognitive and executive factors involved in the pathogenesis of depression, and translating these approaches into the development of interventions to modify cognitive biases associated with depression. Elissa's dissertation is currently in progress and examines memory specificity training as an intervention for depression in a sample of young adults against an active control, computerized working memory training.

Photos from the 2014 Pre-Conference Institute

2014 Student Poster Competition

Eighth Annual Student Poster Competition 
ABCT, November 2014
Philadelphia, PA


Congratulations to our 2014 Poster Competition Winners!

1st Place: Jonathan Remue, Ghent University, "The effect of a single HF-rTMS session over the left DLPFC on the physiological stress response as measured by heart rate variability"

2nd Place: Merage Ghane, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, "Connectivity of visual attention and valuation networks in autism spectrum disorders: Implications for social functioning"

3rd Place (tie): Kirsten Leaberry, University of North Carolina Wilmington, "Comparing parent self-report and child cognitive task in a neurofeedback clinic for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder"

3rd Place (tie): Clarisa Coronado, San Diego State University, "Role of errors and their detection in anxiety"

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