January 08, 2013

Mary Sommers

Neurology, Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Event Details: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., January 10

The Divisions of Neurology and Psychiatry will host Grand Rounds from 8-9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in two locations.

Neurology Grand Rounds will be held in Lecture Hall 1 of Schwitalla Hall. Aninda Acharya, M.D., MSPH, will present "Who Described Chaddock's Sign? The Assessment of Corticospinal Tract Injury Through the Ages."

Acharya was born in Kansas City, Mo., and completed his medical and neurology residency training in Kansas City. He is currently an associate professor of neurology in the School of Medicine and chief of neurology at the St. Louis VA Health Care System.

Psychiatry Grand Rounds will be held in classroom B-024 of Monteleone Hall. John Chibnall, Ph.D., and Lauren Schwarz, Ph.D., will present "Scientific Update on Paranormal Psychology."

Chibnall received his doctorate in applied social psychology in 1994 from SLU. He has been on the faculty of the School of Medicine since 1995, where he is currently tenured professor of neurology and psychiatry, with a secondary appointment in psychology. Since joining the faculty, Chibnall has authored nearly 140 research publications, 83 presentations at scientific conferences and more than 20 externally-funded research grants. His research focuses on the psychosocial aspects of chronic, disabling medical conditions, including chronic pain, dementia, psychiatric disorders, severe grief reactions and terminal illness. His work in chronic pain has focused most recently on racial and socioeconomic disparities in the provision of health care.

Chibnall is a long-standing member of the American Pain Society and the Midwest Pain Society. He teaches medical school courses in applied clinical skills, survey research methods and numerous electives in psychosocial medicine. He also teaches a graduate psychology course in psychometric theory and is a frequent guest instructor in the Center for Healthcare Ethics doctoral program. He is a faculty mentor on numerous masters and doctoral committees for students in the School of Nursing, Department of Psychology and Health Care Ethics. He is currently executive chair of the Saint Louis University Institutional Review Board, director of the clinical research unit in the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, and serves on numerous School of Medicine committees, including compliance, research sustainability, curriculum restructuring and strategic planning.

Lauren Schwarz, Ph.D., is a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist. Schwarz earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from SLU. She completed her internship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Schwarz's clinical interests are in the provision of neuropsychological services to adults with a diverse range of presenting concerns including cognitive sequelae of neurologic conditions, suspected memory problems or dementia, traumatic brain injury, medical conditions affecting central nervous system functioning, psychiatric conditions, attentional disorders and learning disorders. In addition to provision of clinical services, Schwarz is also involved in the education of residents, fellows and clinical psychology graduate students. She has a wide variety of research interests including cognitive functioning in patient with dementia, cerebrovascular disease and those requiring hepatic transplant.

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