Neuropsychological Testing and Cognitive Challenges in Parkinson’s Patients

Lecture Description
The cognitive disturbances related to Parkinson's differ from those associated with Alzheimer's and other dementias. The most common challenges are related to attention, word finding, multi-tasking, and a slower processing of information. It is not unusual for individuals with Parkinson's to be referred for neuropsychological testing to assess cognitive functioning, whether it be to gather baseline measurements or to assist in determining candidacy for deep brain stimulation. Watch this presentation to learn about neuropsychological testing and what patients and family members should expect before, during, and after the assessment.

Learner Outcomes:
  • •  Describe common cognitive challenges experienced by individuals with Parkinson’s disease.
  • •  Describe the purpose and benefits of neuropsychological testing.
  • •  List the primary brain functions that are assessed during neuropsychological testing.

Richard L. Fulbright, PhD

Financial Relationship: Received an honorarium for this lecture
Nonfinancial Relationship: Volunteer member of Parkinson Voice Project's Medical Advisory Board

Richard L. Fulbright, PhD earned his doctorate in clinical psychology and completed a fellowship in neuropsychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in 1985. His research included comparing the cognitive functioning of patients with Alzheimer's to normally aging individuals on a comprehensive neuropsychological test battery. For over thirty years, Dr. Fulbright has worked in private practice providing neuropsychological evaluations and cognitive rehabilitation, as well as adjustment counseling and family education. His specialties include Alzheimer's, Lewy Bodies Dementia, frontotemporal degeneration, and Parkinson's disease.