“Thinking” About Mito: Neuropsychological Problems in Mitochondrial Disease

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Dr. Schreiber has recently begun a research project investigating the learning and metacognitive problems commonly experienced by teens and young adults who have mitochondrial disease. She is motivated to better understand the difficulty that mito patients have with “executive function”, a series of processes in the brain that are necessary for planning, organization, abstract thinking, troubleshooting, strategizing, etc. Specifically, Dr. Schreiber hopes to help teens and young adults improve these areas in order to have more success with life transitions, such as going to college.

About the Speaker

Hope Schreiber, PsyD, ABPP/CN is a clinical neuropsychologist working in the Psychiatry Department of Tufts Medical Center and Associate Clinical Professor in Tufts University School of Medicine. She has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings for over 20 years, and has particular interest in learning and executive functioning in adolescents and young adults. She directs the College Learning Disorders/ ADHD Program at Tufts Medical Center, and has co-edited a book entitled Adult Learning Disorders: Contemporary Issues, published this year (2008). Her research interest in mitochondrial disorders developed through her work with Mark Korson, MD. Many of the teens and young adults she was referred for neuropsychological evaluation show organizational and executive function problems. Learning more about how to enhance such students’ educational progress has become an area of interest.

Date: 11/07/2008
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