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Past NZSIGN Webinars

NZSIGN members are able to download the most recent presentations from the members area.

November 2020 - Neuropsychology Webinar Series. Mild traumatic brain injury neuroimaging concepts and neuropathologic correlates, Dr Ross Keenan

October 2020 -  Injury perceptions, fear avoidance and other psychological predictors of concussion recovery, Dr Deborah Snell
Current evidence supporting the role of the various pre- and post-injury psychological predictors and mTBI outcomes from both NZ and International research.  Preliminary data from current studies will be shared, particularly focusing on efficient approaches to screening for psychological risk factors, and approaches to using different psychological profiles to target treatment interventions


September 2020 - Neuropsychology of mild cognitive impairment, Dr Johnathan Hackney
Exploring the research and assessment of mild cognitive impairment, as well as discussions around the contention in the research about what MCI actually is, how we go about assessing for it, and why this is important to consider across settings.


August 2020 - Vestibular Issues and Neuropsychology, Rebekah Miller.
Exploring what the vestibular system does and how it is tied to the eyes, spine and other parts of our body; some of the symptoms that people experience; and the role of the vestibular system in memory and mood.

July 2020 - Using The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory in Neuropsychological Assessment, Associate Professor Martin Sellbom.

The role of the MMPI-2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2-RF) to psychologists who conduct mental injury and neuropsychological assessments. Assuming a background and basic interpretation knowledge of the MMPI-2-RF and forensic assessment; this webinar should also be of interest to those who have not used the instrument to date but are considering its application within their practice.  Considerations for using the MMPI-2-RF in personal injury and disability evaluations, and scientific support for using the test in such evaluations were discussed. Multiple case illustrations for which MMPI-2-RF data was used in personal injury and disability evaluations was included; including those clients for whom a somatic focus and/or validity concerns are present within a neuropsychological assessment. 


June 2020 - Neuropsychology Webinar Series. Understanding and Misinformation about Concussion, and a Focus on Outcomes for Women, Dr Audrey McKinlay.

Concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), is caused by a blow to the head or body, resulting in a temporary alteration in brain function. Concussion is a leading cause of injury among all age groups, but is particularly frequent among children and adolescents. While most symptoms of concussion resolved over a relatively short period of time, many individuals report persisting symptoms. 

However, despite their frequency, there is widespread misunderstanding regarding what a concussion is and how it should be managed. This lack of understanding is particularly relevant in the case of young people who rely on adults to identify the seriousness of the injury and present them for treatment. The current lack of understanding impacts identification of individuals with concussion, and subsequently whether they will receive appropriate treatment.

This presentation examined the public understanding of mTBI and the impact of media and other sources of misinformation on that understanding using research findings and clinical case studies, and with specific focus on outcomes for women. Defining where misunderstandings about mTBI originate, and identifying information that will influence health-seeking behaviour, will provide a direct avenue for intervention and reduction of ameliorate-able problems following mTBI.

Past NZSIGN workshops

  • Nocebo Hypothesis CBT for Functional Neurological Symptoms, Matt Richardson, 1st June 2019
  • Assessment of Children, Jerome Sattler, 12th & 18th March 2019
  • Childhood Brain Injury: Problems and solutions, Audrey McKinlay, Mark Linden & Ann Glang, 20th February 2019
  • Neuropsychological Supervision, Nicola Gates, 12th October 2018
  • Nocebo Hypothesis CBT for Functional Neurological Symptoms, Matt Richardson, 28th and 29th May 2018
  • Neuropsychological Feedback, Jamie Berry and Wendy Longley, 26th February 2018
  • Assessing and treating problems with social cognition, Skye McDonald, 21st April 2017
  • Child concussion and social competence post brain injury, Vicki Anderson, 12th December 2016
  • Multi-cultural perspectives in Neuropsychology workshop, 15th & 16th September 2014
  • Use and interpretation of the Rey Complex Figure Test, John and Kelly Meyers, 15th February 2013
  • Evaluating neuropsychological interventions, Barbara Wilson, 25th May 2012