George Prigatano





George P. Prigatano, Ph.D. is presently Emeritus Chair of the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology and Newsome Chair of Neuropsychology at the Barrow Neurological Institute. He is board-certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and holds fellowship status in Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) and Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.

In 1980, he established a neuropsychological rehabilitation program for adults at the Presbyterian Hospital in Oklahoma City, which resulted in the publication of his book: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation after Brain Injury (1986). In May of 1985, he established the Section of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.

Dr. Prigatano’s interest and research on impaired self-awareness after various brain disorders resulted in the edited text with Daniel Schacter entitled: Awareness of Deficit after Brain Injury: Theoretical and Clinical Issues (1991) and the more recently edited text: The Study of Anosognosia (2010). In 1999, he published Principles of Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.

In 1998 he was the President of the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) and in 2001 he received the Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award from that organization. In 2003, he received the Jim Thorpe Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation Services and Research and was named Distinguished Lecturer of the Year by the Swedish Neuropsychological Society.

His work has focused on the psychological care for adults and children with known or suspected brain dysfunction. In this regard, he has emphasized the importance of psychodynamic insights in patient care.


Conference Presentation

Keynote Lecture: Psychological Care of Children and Youth with Acquired Brain Injuries

Children and youth with acquired brain injuries are a heterogeneous group varying on such important dimensions as to the nature, location, and severity of acquired brain disturbance. The psychological care of these children and youth can take many forms, depending on the child’s level of cognitive functioning, the degree they can delay gratification or control impulsive behaviors and their capacity and comfort level in conveying to others what it is like for them to experience the effects of a brain injury in everyday life. The methods of psychological care are also dictated by the parent’s motivation, the nature of their emotional bond with the child, “their parenting skills” and their desires concerning how their child should behave. This presentation will briefly review family-centered and parent-based (behavioral) models of care with psychodynamic approaches that are modified to meet the needs of children with ABI. Selected empirical findings and clinical case examples will be reviewed to high light important issues in the psychological care of these children irrespective of the theoretical models that are used to guide intervention efforts. 



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