George P. Prigatano,
George P. Prigatano, PhD, ABPP-Cn,
Department of Clinical Neuropsychology
Barrow Neurological Institute
The goals of the Department of Neuropsychological Research are to expand understanding of brain-behavior disorders and to apply that information to neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. The primary focus of our research has been on anosognosia—the lack of awareness of neurological and neuropsychological impairment after various forms of brain injury. This lack of awareness affects both the process and outcome of neurorehabilitation. Anosognosia presents a true challenge when examining patients and is a barrier to providing them and their families with information that can assist with making wise decisions as they cope with their brain disorder.
The second focus has been on developing methods for assessing higher cerebral functioning in children and adults so that important neuropsychological functions that develop or deteriorate over the lifespan of the individual can be evaluated quickly and easily.
A third area of study involves expanding our knowledge of how various brain disorders affect neuropsychological functioning. We have worked with neurologists and neurosurgeons at Barrow on a number of projects dealing with different neurological and neurosurgical conditions, including hypothalamic hamartomas, cerebrovascular accidents, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, nonepileptic seizures, and moyamoya disease.
- Dr. Prigatano has edited and published a book entitled The Study of Anosognosia (Oxford University Press, New York, 2010). The text is the result of a conference sponsored and supported by the Barrow Neurological Institute and the Newsome Foundation to summarize advances that have occurred in the study of anosognosia over the last 20 years. It is a natural sequel to an earlier volume, Awareness of Deficit after Brain Injury: Theoretical and Clinical Issues, which Dr. Prigatano edited with Daniel Schacter soon after arriving at the Barrow Neurological Institute in 1988
- Dr. Prigatano was invited to prepare a paper on Anosognosia: Clinical and Ethical Issues, which appeared in Current Opinion in Neurology (2009)
- Dr. Prigatano has also been invited to give talks throughout the world on anosognosia. His most recent engagements include a workshop on the study of anosognosia at the International Neuropsychology Society meeting to be held in Boston in 2011. He also presented a workshop at the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists in October, 2010, the Australian Psychological Association in Perth in September, 2010 and a similar workshop at the Mexican Psychological Association in Patzcuaro, Mexico in November, 2010
- Study of assessment procedures has led to the development and refinement of the BNI Screen for Higher Cerebral Functions (BNIS) and the children’s version of the BNIS (BNIS-C). The adult version of the BNI Screen for Higher Cerebral Functions has been translated into several languages
Laboratory Team Members
- John Fulton, PhD
- Shawn Gale, PhD
- Jeannine Morrone-Strupinsky, PhD
- George P. Prigatano, PhD
- Jennifer V. Wethe, PhD