Partner Symposia

The main objective of the 8th IWFC is to create space for presentation of current results of work in the field of wildland fire. The conference is also a space for creating collaborative links between professionals, academics, industry and public authorities aiming at long-term sharing of knowledge and discussions of highly current issues.

The topics of the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference include but are not limited to:

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Using Co-Design to Enhance Clinical Implementation of Interventions for People with Brain Conditions
Sponsored by ASSBI

Chair:

Jennie Ponsford

Director, Monash Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne

Presenters/Speakers:

Nicci Grace

Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist, Melbourne Clinic, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne

Title: Service Evaluation and Group Therapy Co-Design with Consumers: A Shift Toward Clinically Supportive Therapeutic Approaches for Autistic Adults

Jill Hwang

PhD candidate, Monash Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre, Monash University

Title: Co-Designing for Behavioural Change: Understanding Barriers and Enablers to Addressing Sexuality & Mapping Interventions in a Multi-Disciplinary TBI Rehabilitation Unit

Jacinta Douglas

Professor, LaTrobe University & Summer Foundation, Melbourne

Title: Codesigning and implementing a community participation program for adults with severe Traumatic Brian Injury (TBI)

Jessica Trevena Peters

Monash Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University

Title: Cognitive Rehabilitation Following Traumatic Brain Injury: An International Survey of Current Clinician Practice

Symposium Abstract:

In this symposium, four neuropsychologists will present studies using co-design with clinicians or individuals with brain injury or neurodiversity to enhance delivery of clinical care and community integration. Beginning with a neurodiverse population, Nicci Grace will discuss how strengths-based neuropsychological assessments for adults undergoing Autism evaluation and development of co-designed therapy programs can be instrumental in supporting diagnosis-affirming care. Jill Hwang will report on the use of a co-design and implementation process, following the Theoretical Domains Implementation Framework, aiming to promote team-wide behavioural change, whereby health professionals at a TBI rehabilitation unit would attempt to address sexuality with patients routinely. Their effectiveness is currently being implemented and evaluated. Jacinta Douglas will describe the co-design of an innovative treatment to support social activity, social connection and community integration for people living with the consequences of severe TBI, within a participatory framework, involving participants with TBI, close others, clinicians and researchers. Jessica Trevena-Peters will report findings from a world-wide survey of 552 clinicians from 42 countries with qualitative interviews examining their knowledge, use and approaches to cognitive rehabilitation, as well as the barriers and facilitators to effective practice. This will be used to inform the co-design of an intervention model for cognitive rehabilitation that will also involve individuals with brain injury and their close others.

AI symposium: Neuropsychology in the era of generative AI
Sponsored by FESN

Chair:

Lisa Cipolotti

National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH, NHS trust, and Institute of Neurology, UCL

Presenters/Speakers:

Neil Burgess

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Institute of Neurology, UCL

Title: Understanding memory construction and consolidation via deep generative networks.

Martin Giese

Section for Computational Sensomotorics Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research & Centre for Integrative Neuroscience University Clinic Tuebingen

Title: Machine learning-based clinical markers from full-body movement data: applications in neurology and psychiatry'

Parashkev Nachev

Institute of Neurology, UCL and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH, NHS trust

Title: Deep generative lesion-deficit inference

Kimberly Stachenfeld

Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, Mortimer B.Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia University, NY

Title: Understanding the role of prediction in biological and artificial learning

Amy Nelson

Institute of Neurology, UCL and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH, NHS trust

Title: The deep structure of cognitive performance

Symposium Abstract:

This symposium will discuss the role of neuropsychology in the era of AI. AI is affecting all our disciplines. However, neuropsychology is in a special position since it can contribute ideas to the analysis and thus, ultimately synthesis of AI systems. In turn AI can help to advance the field, for example, with advanced monitoring of behaviour and analysis of cognitive and imaging data.

Global Technology Trends for Neuropsychology: Bridging Concepts, Data, and Methods
Sponsored by INS

Chair:

Robert M. Bilder

Family Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Psychology, Semel Institute at UCLA

Presenters/Speakers:

Andreia Geraldo, Artemisa R Dores, Rita Pasion, Tiago Paiva, & Fernando Barbosa

Artemisa R Dores, Rita Pasion, Tiago Paiva, & Fernando Barbosa

Title: Contributions of Neurophysiological Methods to Clinical Neuropsychology in an RDoC Framework

Roy P.C. Kessels

Professor of Neuropsychology

Title: Gamification in Neuropsychology: Application in Ecological Momentary Assessments and Strategy Training

Dirk Bertens

Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Neuropsychology, Donders Center for Cognition, Radboud University

Title: Gamification in Neuropsychology: Application in Ecological Momentary Assessments and Strategy Training

Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe

Ph.D, Regents Professor, H. L. Eastlick Distinguished Professor, Washington State University

Title: Utilizing Technology to Enhance Neuropsychological Assessment and Intervention Methods

Robert M. Bilder

Family Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Psychology, Semel Institute at UCLA

Title: Psychometric and Informatics Strategies for the Future of Global Neuropsychology

Michael E. Tennenbaum

Family Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Psychology, Semel Institute at UCLA

Title: Psychometric and Informatics Strategies for the Future of Global Neuropsychology

Symposium Abstract:

This symposium from the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) focuses on technological innovations in clinical neuropsychology as these are advancing our conceptual foundations, modifying our strategies for aggregation and analysis of test results, and impacting the methods used to collect neuropsychological data. Topics will include how new domains may be assessed that align better with underlying brain mechanisms or real-world functioning, how the assessment landscape will be dramatically altered by ubiquitous mobile device use and immersion in the internet of things, and how our global knowledge base can leverage informatics and “big data” archives including electronic health records.  Synergies among these innovative developments are expected to transform the future of neuropsychology, enabling greater precision of assessment and treatment methods while enhancing global access.

THE SCIENCE OF READING AND WRITING (PRESENTATION WILL BE IN SPANISH)
Sponsored by SLAN

Chair:

Ariel Cuadro

Professor and director of the Department of Neurocognition at the Catholic University of Uruguay

Presenters/Speakers:

Valeria Abusamra

Professor of Pschyolinguistics, National Scientific and Technical Research Council, Argentina

Patricia Wiener

Center for Human Studies and Neuropsychology (C.E.H.N.)

Ana Laura Palombo

Neuroscience and Learning Department (Catholic University Uraguay), Ariel Cuadro (Uruguay)

Symposium Abstract:

The study of reading and writing has always been a focus of research, but in recent years, a true science of reading has developed and consolidated. Multiple disciplines have contributed to gathering a phenomenal body of observations, experimental data, models, and theories. In this context, research on the acquisition of written language has been extensive, particularly concerning the various cognitive processes and operations involved. Detailed models have been developed for the processes involved in fundamental alphabetical skills, as well as the sophisticated group of processes and functions involved in text comprehension. As expected in an educational topic, there is intense research on environmental and cultural aspects: from the significant impact of socioeconomic conditions and the quality of education received on learning to the effects of the universalization of digital information support on reading and comprehension. Within this foundational context, four studies are presented. The first evaluated the impact of an intervention program to improve spelling using words selected based on frequency study, spelling particularities, syllabic composition, and length. The results show that spelling is sensitive to systematic and programmed instruction based on word practice and its spelling structure. The second study analyzes the impact of executive functions on the reading comprehension of non-readers and dyslexics. The results provide convergent evidence regarding the contribution of executive functions to reading access and, in particular, reading comprehension. These results are discussed within the framework of the Simple Reading Model. The third work focuses on the foundations that support the continuous and complex process of literacy acquisition. Addressing reading as a process leads us to think about the multiple mechanisms that culminate in the tangible and measurable act of literacy. It has been demonstrated that processes of various kinds are involved: motor, cognitive, neuropsychological, affective. Therefore, it is crucial to try to understand the problems affecting literacy within the framework of a meticulous study of the processes involved. A comprehensive and theoretically grounded approach will allow the design of well-directed assessment tools and intervention programs. The fourth study aimed to compare the effects of digital media on the reading comprehension of narrative and expository texts among adults of different ages and educational levels. In a present where technologies are embedded in society and the way they shape information processing is debated, we compared the performance of 2391 participants in two text comprehension tasks conducted on smartphones and computers. In line with other research, our results indicate that, while smartphones present disadvantages in understanding expository texts (especially among younger groups considered digital natives), such disadvantages are not observed with narrative texts.

Affiliated Symposia

The main objective of the 8th IWFC is to create space for presentation of current results of work in the field of wildland fire. The conference is also a space for creating collaborative links between professionals, academics, industry and public authorities aiming at long-term sharing of knowledge and discussions of highly current issues.

The topics of the 8th International Wildland Fire Conference include but are not limited to:
Insights into Executive Functioning in Spanish-Speaking Contexts: Lessons from ALAN Studies
Sponsored by ALAN

Chair:

Mauricio A. Garcia-Barrera

Department of Psychology, University of Victoria (BC, Canada)

Presenters/Speakers:

Cole Kennedy

Universidad Camilo José Cela (Madrid, Spain)

Title: What is Executive Function? A Comprehensive Analysis of Global Experts’ Perspectives

Esmeralda Matute

Instituto de Neurociencias CUCBA, Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico)

Title: Discrepancy between Mexican raters when scoring the copy and immediate recall of the Rey Complex Figure drawn by neurotypical adults

Gabriela Castillo

Professor, LaTrobe University & Summer Foundation, Melbourne

Title: How is the relationship between executive functions with emotional regulation and coping strategies?

Yaira Chamorro

Instituto de Neurociencias CUCBA, Universidad deGuadalajara (Mexico)

Title: Network analysis for ADHD behaviors from DSM-5 and SWAN scales with a Mexican sample of adolescents

Symposium Abstract:

Clinicians, and particularly, neuropsychologists around the world, have demonstrated increasing interest in the set of cybernetic cognitive operations underlying complex cognition and that we have come to know as “executive function.” Is in this context we would like to share four studies examining different angles and perspectives into this crucial subject matter. For the first study, Kennedy and colleagues conducted an analysis of data collected from a global survey of 161 neuropsychologists to establish a collective definition of EF. Data included responses from 32 participants in Spanish-speaking countries. Thematic analysis revealed six key themes in experts’ descriptions, with significant associations between terms used, roles, and years of experience. A comprehensive definition for EF was then formulated, aiming to resolve conceptual controversies surrounding this construct, and will be shared during this presentation.

One of the main difficulties in the examination of executive functions is its evaluation. It is believed that EF networks are recruited when facing novelty. A classic task that addresses novelty and planning skills, as well as constructional praxias, visuo-spatial abilities and visual memory is the Rey Complex Figure. Limited research exists on the effect of a raters’ level of experience using the RCF on the scoring. Dr. Matute and her colleagues in Mexico explore this issue on fifteen raters, with and without RCF expertise, who evaluated 418 figures from 209 participants. Discrepancies between raters were more likely in immediate recall; however, prior expertise did not significantly impact score variability. The details of this psychometric study will be presented in this symposium.

Furthermore, there is growing consensus that examination of executive functions requires a complement of performance-based tests and subjective measures (e.g., questionnaires and self-rating scales). Using self-rating scales for executive functions, emotional regulation, and coping strategies, Dr. Castillo-Parra and her colleagues in Spain conducted a study on a sample of 80 young adults and identified that difficulties in executive functions correlated positively with emotional dysregulation and the use of avoidance coping strategies. These findings underscore the importance of addressing EF deficits in interventions targeting emotional disorders and maladaptive coping behaviors among young adults. Details of their study and their findings implications will be discussed.

Finally, Dr. Chamorro and her colleagues in Mexico completed a study using network analysis and examining Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms in a large sample of Mexican adolescents, which they will discuss in our symposium. ADHD has been characterized as an executive behavioural disorder, and several assessments tools have been developed to aid in its diagnosis. For this study, they assessed ADHD symptom associations using two scales. Parents of 424 adolescents completed DSM-5 and SWAN questionnaires. Weak to moderate correlations were found between scales. Symptom-based networks showed higher instability than behavior-based ones, with SWAN scale exhibiting better central stability. This suggests SWAN’s suitability for statistical analysis, although norms for Latin-American populations are needed.

Altogether, this is a sample of studies from members of the Asociación Latinoamericana de Neuroposicología (ALAN) interested in different facets of executive functioning, its assessment, dysfunctions, and conceptual issues.

CONTROVERSIES IN CANCER-RELATED COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT
Sponsored by Sociedade Portuguesa de Neuropsicologia (SPNPsy)
Organizer/Chair:

Albino Oliveira-Maia, Champalimaud Foundation

Moderator:

Sara Pires Barata (Hospital do Espírito Santo de Évora)

Speakers:

Kathleen Van Dyk (University of California, Los Angeles),

Charlotte Sleurs (Tilburg University),

Raquel Lemos (Champalimaud Foundation)

CONJOINING APPROACHES TO UNVEIL BEHAVIOURAL SYNDROMES’ PATHOPHYSIOLOGY
Sponsored by Sociedade Portuguesa de Neuropsicologia (SPNPsy)
Sponsored by Behavioural Neurology Section of the Portuguese Society of Neurology
Chair:

Isabel Pavão Martins, University of Lisbon

Moderator:

Carolina Maruta (University of Lisbon)

Moderator:

Sara Pires Barata (Hospital do Espírito Santo de Évora)

Speakers:

Gonçalo Cotovio (Champalimaud Foundation); Alexandre Campos (North Lisbon University Hospital); Ana Pinheiro (University of Lisbon); Filipa Sotero (University of Lisbon); Pedro Alves (University of Lisbon)

Specialization and Practice of Clinical Neuropsychology in Portugal: Present and Future Challenges
Sponsored by Sociedade Portuguesa de Neuropsicologia (SPNPsy)

Chair:

Fernando Barbosa

University of Porto; SPNPsy

Moderator:

Sara Pires Barata

Hospital do Espírito Santo de Évora; SPNPsy

Presenters/Speakers:

Ana Isabel Lage Ferreira

Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses (OPP)

Title: Europsy: European standards for psychology

Fernando Barbosa

University of Porto; SPNPsy

Title: Specialist EuroPsy Certificate in Clinical Neuropsychology: where we stand, how did we get here, and what's the point?

Sandra Pimenta

Serviço de Psicologia Clínica- Unidade de Neuropsicologia da Unidade Local de Saúde Lisboa Ocidental; SPNPsy

Title: Good and Bad Practices in clinical neuropsychology

Symposium Abstract:

This invited symposium, organized by the Portuguese Neuropsychological Society and entirely delivered in Portuguese, will cover topics related to the current process in Portugal for certifying psychologists, the European qualification standard for psychologists, as well as the ongoing process in Europe regarding the specific training and certification of those wishing to practice clinical neuropsychology.

After a presentation of the basic EuroPsy and its recent updates, a description will be given of the pilot implementation of a specialist certificate in clinical neuropsychology, already being tested in a small number of European countries, including Portugal. More specifically, participants in the symposium will be enlightened about the process that led to the proposal of the certificate, its requirements, the procedures for applying for the certificate, and its purpose.

At the end of the symposium, good and bad practices in clinical neuropsychology will be discussed, with a focus on how the proper qualification and training of neuropsychology practitioners can prevent the latter.