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330.670.11 PSYCHOMETRICS OF COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT FOR AN AGING POPULATION

Cancelled

Department:
Mental Health
Term:
Summer Inst. term
Credits:
1 credit
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Location:
East Baltimore
Dates:
Tue 06/24/2014 - Tue 06/24/2014
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  8:30am - 5:00pm

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Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Pass/Fail
Contact:
Michelle Carlson
Course Instructors:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only
Description:

Since cognitive aging and risk for dementia are a growing public health concern, introduces and reviews the psychometric properties of valid and reliable measures for assessing key domains of cognitive function, including episodic memory, visuospatial memory, attention, executive function and language used in aging population and patient studies. Reviews implementation, distribution of scores, and scoring criteria used to identify clinical impairments, as well as sociodemographic and health factors associated with test performance. Use of reliable and valid cognitive measures within distinct demographic subgroups will help us to: 1) more accurately describe the prevalence and incidence of cognitive impairments among older adults; 2) identify individuals most at risk for dementias, such as Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia; and 3) develop interventions that can promote cognitive performance in adulthood.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and select valid and reliable measures assessing domains of cognitive function, including episodic memory, visuospatial memory, attention, executive function and language
  2. Explain how these measures have been developed and implemented in observational and patient studies
  3. Recognize sociodemographic factors and contexts that affect performance
  4. Apply scoring criteria to interpret normal vs. impaired levels of cognitive function
Methods of Assessment:

Students will be graded on class participation (50% of grade), including contributing to discussion and to small-group breakout test demonstrations and on an in-class exam (50% of grade).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required