2019 Fall Dinner

The CNS Board is delighted to announce our program for
the Annual Fall Dinner,
Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

How specific are learning disabilities?
Clues from the neural, etiologic, cognitive, and behavioral levels of analysis

Robin L. Peterson, Ph.D., ABPP

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
at Washington Park Grille
1096 S Gaylord Street – Denver, CO 80209


Registration and social hour 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
CNS Business Meeting 6:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Dinner 6:45 pm – 7:30 pm
Presentation 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Registration is closed.

More About Robin L. Peterson, Ph.D., ABPP

Since the first case report of developmental dyslexia was published 125 years ago, researchers and clinicians have been struck by the specific nature of learning disabilities. For decades, the predominant assumption was that “garden variety” learning weaknesses were due to a different underlying problem than a “true” learning disability, but the empirical data have largely not supported this assumption. This presentation will demonstrate how a large body of work encompassing neuroimaging, behavioral and molecular genetics, neuropsychology, and epidemiology has changed our understanding of learning disabilities impacting reading, writing, and math. The multifactorial and partly shared influences on academic skills will be emphasized. Within this context, we will review current concepts of the brain networks involved in typical and disordered literacy and math development. The presentation will close with a discussion of the implications of this science for individual diagnosis and treatment planning, including common quandaries faced by neuropsychologists conducting learning disability evaluations.

Robin L. Peterson, Ph.D., ABPP is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received a doctorate in child clinical psychology from the University of Denver and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric neuropsychology from the University of Denver and Children’s Hospital Colorado. She previously worked as director of the Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic at the University of Denver. She is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology and Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology. She has clinical and research interests in neurodevelopmental disorders and pediatric traumatic brain injury. She is currently a co-Investigator for the Colorado Learning Disabilities Research Center, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. She is an author on over 20 peer-reviewed publications, multiple book chapters, and the book Diagnosing Learning Disorders: From Science to Practice (3rd Edition) which was published by Guilford Press earlier this year. Before studying to be a psychologist, she taught kindergarten and first grade, which sparked her interest in understanding how all children learn to read. She is active in teaching and training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Program Objectives

For the program, the participants will be able to:

  1. Identify basic and complex academic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics and describe how these relate to DSM-5 Specific Learning Disorder diagnosis
  2. Discuss the balance of general versus specific cognitive and etiologic influences on learning disabilities
  3. Identify brain networks implicated in reading and math disabilities
  4. Consider common challenges in individual learning disability diagnosis relating to severity, specificity, and base rate variability

This program is approved for 1 hour of continuing education. The University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GSPP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

For additional information or any questions, contact Jennifer Peraza, Psy.D., ABPP-CN Jennifer.Peraza@dhha.org.

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