WSP 198 — An Introduction to Neurological Disorders: ALS, Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Epilepsy, and More
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Aug 4—Aug 5
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jul 28
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Instructor(s): Simon Tan
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Aug 4—Aug 5
No letter grade
Neurological diseases and injuries affect millions of people in the United States. They produce a range of symptoms and functional limitations that pose daily challenges to individuals and their families. While the incidence of neurological conditions increases with age, many disorders can occur at any age, and some can be mistaken for psychiatric problems. In this two-day workshop, we will explore the behavioral, emotional, and cognitive outcomes associated with known neurological conditions such as aphasia, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury, and explore mysterious entities such as prosopagnosia, anosognosia, alexithymia, and ALS (often called Lou Gehrig’s disease). How prevalent are these disorders in the population? What are the symptoms associated with these illnesses? What are the patterns of test results? What parts of the brain and body are implicated? Are there viable treatments and if not, what interventions are available? Early detection and accurate diagnosis may help with awareness and symptom management, possibly slow down disease progression, and, above all, promote quality of life.
Simon Tan, Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences (Affiliated), StanfordSimon Tan’s teaching and research interests are in behavioral neurology, specifically dementia-associated disorders. He completed an internship in clinical psychology and two postdoctoral fellowships in clinical neuropsychology at Harvard Medical School. Earlier, he was a clinical neuropsychologist at NYU Medical Center. Tan is board certified in both clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology and psychological assessment through the American Board of Assessment Psychology. He received a PhD in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University.
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.