Friday Afternoon Track 1: Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Diagnosis and Assessment: The Role of the Psychologist
CE credits: 3
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:20 PM AK time
At the end of this training, participants will be able to:
- Describe Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) and the criteria for specific diagnoses
- Discuss neuropsychological assessment related to FASD and its importance of and how results are used to guide treatment / intervention
- Analyze how Alaskans use the UW 4 digit code multidisciplinary team approach towards FASD diagnosis & assessment.
Prenatal alcohol exposure continues to be a ubiquitous condition worldwide. A recent study published in the Journal American Medical Association established 1 in 20 children have one of the fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Despite its prevalence FASD continues to be a hidden brain-based disability. Although there is an urgent need in our communities to recognize this disability and to develop strategies to support individuals on this spectrum questions concerning diagnostic processes and availability of supports remain common. This session will offers opportunities to directly learn with practitioners active in the multidisciplinary approach to FASD diagnosis who are using the four digit code, neuropsychological assessment & how results are used to guide interventions and explore current issues facing psychologists doing virtual therapeutic supports during Covid. Innovative strategies using phone APPs to address these issues will be highlighted.
This introductory workshop will cover:
- An overview and identification and diagnoses of FASD
- The FASD 4-Digit Code
- Neuropsychological assessment
- VTC assessment and evaluations during COVID-19
- Breakout room discussions
About the Presenters, Sarah Mattson Weller, Ph.D., San Diego, CA; Erika Stannard, Psy.D., Wasilla, AK. , Jacqueline Bock, Ph.D. Soldotna, AK; and Erin Johnson, Ph.D., Anchorage, AK:
Sarah Mattson, Ph.D. Dr. Mattson is a Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University (SDSU) and a licensed clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in behavioral teratology, specifically in the effects of heavy prenatal alcohol exposure. She is also the Director of Clinical Research for the SDSU Center for Behavioral Teratology, a campus-wide center focused on the brain and behavioral effects of heavy prenatal alcohol exposure and other developmental disorders and Co-Director of the Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) at SDSU, a cross-disciplinary program bridging the department of Psychology with the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. She leads a terrific team of students and trainees who are interested in FASD, neuropsychology, and behavioral teratology. She also enjoys teaching hundreds of undergraduate psychology students every year. For nearly 30 years, Dr. Mattson has conducted neuropsychological research on FASD. She has received continuous research support from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) since 1997 which has resulted in more than 160 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is the principal investigator on the neurobehavioral project within the Collaborative Initiative on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (CIFASD) and is currently focusing on developing novel tools to improve identification and diagnosis of individuals with an FASD.
Erin Johnson, Ph.D.
Erin Johnson, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist providing neurodevelopmental diagnostics at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Born and raised in Anchorage, Dr. Johnson received her PhD in Clinical-Community Psychology with a Rural Indigenous Emphasis at the University of Alaska. She spent six years in Nome and its 14 surrounding villages serving as Director of Child and Youth Services and developing a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) diagnostic team for the region. Dr. Johnson’s work in the area of FASDs continues in Anchorage through serving on a FASD diagnostic team, providing community trainings, and educating future diagnosticians and clinicians.
Erika L. Stannard, Psy.D.
Erika Stannard, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist, chemical dependency clinical supervisor, and supervisor for licensed professional counselors in the state of Alaska. She received her bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Rochester, as well as a master of science degree in counseling psychology and a doctor of psychology degree from Alaska Pacific University. Additionally, she has a certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health from the University of Massachusetts and a postdoctoral certificate in neuropsychology from Fielding Graduate University. She has a private practice in Wasilla, Alaska
Jacqueline Bock, Ph.D.
Jacqueline Bock, Ph.D. is licensed clinical psychologist with a private clinical practice in Soldotna, Alaska focusing on Neuropsychology. Dr. Bock’s unique professional interests are in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Aviation Psychology; she has received additional specialized training in these areas. Dr. Bock attended training on FASD at the University of Washington Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit, and she has participated on the Central Peninsula Fetal Alcohol Diagnostic Team since 2001. She is also a certified special education teacher, with extensive experience in developmental disorders, the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, and brain injury.