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The Neuropsychology of Women
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The "Diversity in Clinical Neuropsychology" series is designed to highlight cultural and moderator variables involved in the study of brain-behavior relationships. Historically, the study of psychology and neuropsychology has focused on the male brain being the standard to which all or most variables are considered. The study of sex differences is perhaps the most provoking and far-reaching aspect of diversity because frequently women have unique assessment and treatment needs. For example, frontal lobe functioning tends to be more contextual for women than for men. These brain functions have behavioral counterparts that directly relate to how interventions may be tailor made to suit the female rather than male patient. The goal in neuropsychology is always to improve diagnosis and treatment outcomes, and a cohesive summary of the neuropsychology of the female brain would raise awareness and cultural competency of clinicians in neuropsychology. Authors will focus on sex differences in the neuropsychological, cognitive, and development literature; ethnic and socioeconomic variables affecting diagnosis and treatment of women; and social/emotional and behavioral manifestations of neuropsychological sex differences.
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to the Neuropsychology of Women.- Brain Development: Evidence of Gender Differences.- Neuroimaging in Women.- Women and Traumatic Brain Injury.- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.- The Neuropsychology of Dyslexia: Differences by Gender.- Sex and Gender Differences in the Assessment, Treatment, and Management of Epilepsy.- Critical Issues in Chronic Illnesses of Women.- Neuropsychology of Eating Disorders.- Aging and Gender.

About the Author

Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, Ed.D., NCSP obtained her doctorate in School Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 1993, and has been a school psychologist in the public schools and neuropsychiatric inpatient settings for the past 23 years. She is currently Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Dr. Fletcher-Janzen has co-edited and authored twelve books and reference works. including the Handbook of School Neuropsychology and the Handbook of Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology. She and is currently editing and writing the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Special Education and the third edition of the Handbook of Clinical Child Neuropsychology. Her current research interests are in the cross-cultural aspects of cognitive abilities, the impact of socioeconomic status on intelligence scores, neuropsychological aspects of chronic illness, and the systematic management of pediatric chronic illness in school and clinical settings.

Reviews

From the reviews: "The Neuropsychology of women ventures into this risky territory. It attempts to identify and address sex- and gender-specific issues in neuropsychology. ... this book about women can be used as an overview of specific neuropsychological issues for all sexes and genders. ... The book fosters awareness of concerns particular to women and underlines the paucity of the available research. The book provides splendid overviews of specific issues in neuropsychology, and it ... makes a crucial difference to science and clinical practice." (Alejandra Suarez, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 54 (23), 2009) "The chapters are authored by experts in these specific areas and include comprehensive reviews of available relevant literature. ...[this book] should serve as important guides in the education and training of our neuropsychology students. ... The reader will likely be pleased with the range of topics reviewed in this book, the flow across subjects, and the emphasis on brain-behavior relationships across the female lifespan." (Julie Bobholz , Ph.D., ABPP-CN, JINS, Vol. 16, No. 1) "The primary focus of this book is to provide an overview of neuropsychological issues in the lifespan of females, with emphasis on subjects such as brain development, brain imaging, and brain injury. ... The chapters are authored by experts in these specific areas and include comprehensive reviews of available relevant literature. ... Finally, this book includes a lengthy list of competencies for health care professionals who work with women. ... The Neuropsychology of Women is also recommended for providers ... ." (Julie Bobholz, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Vol. 16 (1), January, 2010)

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