Exploring Executive Dysfunction in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury


Presented Monday, September 23, 2019

Presented by: Hilary Murphy, PhD, Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health
Hilary Murphy Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and formally trained pediatric neuropsychologist with a specialization in the assessment of neurodevelopmental and neuro-medical disorders. In addition, she is a NJ certified school psychologist and her training provides her with expertise in collaborating with educators and families to develop comprehensive educational and treatment programs. Her areas of expertise include Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), specific learning disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), concussion, epilepsy, stroke, and developmental disabilities.

Executive functioning encompasses a myriad of higher order cognitive skills required for goal-directed activity. This network of abilities is frequently disrupted by Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), resulting in deficits in adaptive, academic, and social domains. This workshop will focus on identifying individual facets of executive functioning as well as how these deficits may manifest in daily life. In addition, appropriate assessment techniques and available treatment protocols will be reviewed.

Topics  Discussed:

  1. Impact of TBI on cognitive functions in pediatric populations with an emphasis on attention and executive control.
  2. Discussing the skills encompassed by the term “executive functioning” as well as the contribution these abilities have on all areas of life.
  3. Reviewing strategies for managing these deficits socially and academically.

Executive Dysfunction in Pediatric TBI