MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital
I was trained in clinical neuropsychology within rehabiltiation settings. I completed a predoctoral internship at NYU Rusk Rehabilitation in New York City and postdoctoral fellowship at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC. I predominantly serve populations with acquired brain injuries, including TBI, CVA, neoplams, infectious diseases, autoimmune disorders, and/or neurodegenerative conditions, in both acute inpatient rehabiltiation and outpatient settings. As part of the rehab team, I provide clinical services include bedside neurobehavioral status exams, capacity evaluations, behavioral management, psychotherapy to foster adjustment and coping, and comprehensive neuropsycholgoical evaluations to help inform treatment plan and return to school/work/driving decisions.
My early research focused on the ecological validity and cultural sensitivity of cognitive assessment of patients with chronic substance use, acquired brain injuries and neurodegenerative diseases. In the 2017 article “Adherence to Validity Testing Recommendations in Neuropsychological Assessment: A Survey of INS and NAN Members” (Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 32, 456-471), our research group surveyed 650 neuropsychologists worldwide and found variability in their adherence to recommendations for validity testing based upon experience, setting, and population. I also attended to issues with neuropsychological testing among Chinese Americans. I have discussed the accessibility and evaluation of cognitive functioning of Asian Americans in a book chapter, “Cognitive Assessment of Asian Americans." [In G. Yeo & D. Gallagher-Thompson (Eds.), Ethnicity and the Dementias, 3rd edition.] In 2019, I joined the Asian Neuropsychological Association and volunteered to help develop modified assessment tools in addressing the disparity in providing clinical neuropsychological services to monolingual Chinese speaking individuals.
More recently, I worked on the glossary chapter of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Cognitive Rehabilitation Manual 2nd Edition (in press). The current proposed study builds upon my passion in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology, as supported by my supervisors at my postdoctoral training site.