Executive Functioning: A Comprehensive Guide for Clinical Practice

ISBN : 9780199890323

Yana Suchy
352 ページ
156 x 235 mm

Executive Functioning: A Comprehensive Guide for Clinical Practice is the first book to offer an in-depth, comprehensive, and clinically applicable analysis of executive functioning (EF), as contrasted with "frontal-lobe functioning." Throughout the book, care is taken to stay true to the EF construct, and to use function, not structure, as the organizing framework. The book is organized into four parts. The first part provides a brief overview of historical, theoretical, and clinical influences on how the construct has been conceptualized, studied, and ultimately defined. Part II describes five subdomains of EF, including Executive Cognitive Functions, Meta-tasking, Response Selection, Initiation/Maintenance, and Social Cognition. For each subdomain, the book reviews contributing elemental neurocognitive processes, neuroanatomic underpinnings, the utility of the subdomain in execution of daily tasks, as well as associated clinical syndromes. For each syndrome, cognitive and personality changes in daily life, as well as presentation during neuropsychological assessment, are described, and typical clinical populations characterized by each syndrome are briefly reviewed. Part III describes assessment methods, addressing both challenges and solutions in the neuropsychological evaluations of EF. An integration of information across record review, clinical interview, behavioral observation, and standardized assessment is advocated, as is consideration of assessment results within the contextual complexities of a given patient. Lastly, Part IV provides an overview of populations that are characterized by deficiencies in EF, with a chapter each devoted to neurodevelopmental, neurodegenerative, and neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as acquired brain insults and medical conditions.


Dr. Suchy is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Utah. She is a Board-certified clinical neuropsychologist, and a Fellow of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (APA) and the National Academy of Neuropsychology. She is the Editor-in-Chief of The Clinical Neuropsychologist, and has served as the Associate Editor for the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. She has authored the book The Clinical Neuropsychology of Emotion (2011), and her research on the interface among executive, affective, and motor processes appears regularly in mainstream peer-reviewed neuropsychology journals.