- New Methods For Assessing Social Dysfunction Following TBI. June
15, 2011, Federal TBI Interagency Conference, Washington, DC.
- Understanding the social and emotional consequences of traumatic brain injury:
Where brain science meets the real world. April 15, 2011, Annual Conference
of the Texas Brain Injury Association, Austin, TX.
- Tools You Can Use: Assessing Social and Emotional Dysfunction in Detail
After Traumatic Brain Injury. Jan. 26, 2011, Boulder-Denver Neuropsychology
Study Group, Regis University, Denver.
- How to Understand Changes in Social Behavior in Your Brain-injured Clients.
Jan. 13, 2011, Denver Brain Injury Professionals Network, Brain Injury Association
- Social Skills Deficits Must Be Included in Assessments for Neuropsychiatric Disorders:
Brain Injury and Dementia
Keynote address at 5th Anniversary Meeting of the Institute of Cognitive Neurology,
"Neuropsychiatric Disorders", presented by Valerie Stone, PhD
Nov. 2, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Abstract: In moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, survivors often suffer changes
in personality and social competence. Such changes can also occur in dementia. Many
tools are available to assess cognitive deficits, but many clinicians are not aware
of the objective, quantitative tools that are available for assessing problems with
social competence. I will review available tools, and discuss new research showing
that tests of social competence may be more sensitive to traumatic brain injury
than are cognitive tests. I will also discuss social competence assessments in dementia,
and how such deficits may affect financial judgment. Finally, I will discuss the
importance of cross-cultural research in establishing norms for tests of social
competence, and briefly review how such tests might also be useful for other neuropsychiatric
conditions, such as schizophrenia.
What's Your Social IQ?: Perspectives on Social Intelligence from Evolutionary
Biology & Social Neuroscience
Presented by Valerie Stone, PhD
Sept. 10, Berkeley, CA.
Get specific tools to help your clients gain new confidence in the three most
stressful social situations: dating, workplace interactions, and meeting new
This isn't just a lecture: this program focuses on giving you access to
cutting edge science you can use in your practice the next day.
Click here to download
our free tipsheet on "Starting a conversation with someone you don't
Social interactions are essential for humans. Improving social skills and
social intelligence can improve mental health and well-being. Social intelligence
is a conscious and unconscious survival skill that allows us to track social interactions
around us, and to interact with others ways that are mutually satisfying. Many aspects
of sociality date back millions of years, and many are shared with other primates.
Recently, biologists and neuroscientists have gained unique insights into social
intelligence and the brain. We'll talk about humans' social nature, discussing
comparative studies with primates and the communal foraging lifestyles of our ancestors.
With that foundation, you will
- learn what the components of social skill are (e.g., emotion recognition, negotiating
status hierarchies, attachment, conversation skills, inferring others' intentions,
- learn the latest research from social neuroscience on the brain basis of these components
of social intelligence.
- learn how to apply knowledge about social intelligence in work with your clients,
including the latest assessment tools for social intelligence.
Past MCEP Offerings
Demonstrating Disability Following Brain Injury: New Science, New Techniques
Presented by Valerie Stone, PhD. Four-hour APA accredited workshop for neuropsychologists.
Sept. 10, 2010, Alliant University, San Francisco, CA.
Assessment of Disability Following Traumatic Brain Injury Should Include Objective
Social Measures: Towards a Social IQ Test
Presented by Valerie Stone, PhD. One hour talk for neuropsychologists about new
and currently available objective measures of social competency that can be used
with clients with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Wednesday, 7 October, 2009, Brain Injury Association
of CO Annual Conference, Denver,CO.
Protect Your Clients: Social Safety & Vulnerability in Children & Adults with
Presented by Valerie Stone, PhD. Three-hour training for psychologists, social workers,
and police officers on how to assess social vulnerability and safety rules to help
protect clients with Asperger Syndrome.
November 21, 2008, Integrated Center for Child
Development, Canton, MA.