HYBRID EVENT: You can participate in person at Orlando, Florida, USA or Virtually from your home or work.

3rd Edition of Global Conference on

Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry

October 24-26, 2022 | Orlando, Florida, USA

GAB 2021

Unchaining the Brain The Power of a School Neuropsychological Assessment Involving Adolescent Substance Use

Speaker at Addiction Medicine, Behavioral Health and Psychiatry 2021 - Ann Marie Leonard Zabel
Curry College & NEALAC Clinic, United States
Title : Unchaining the Brain The Power of a School Neuropsychological Assessment Involving Adolescent Substance Use


This presentation will address the needs and approaches for performing an in-depth School Neuropsychological assessment to address the degree of issues surrounding adolescent Substance Use Disorder (SUD). We will explore an assessment model addressing various neuro-cognitive and neuro-behavioral substrates involving the Integrated School Neuropsychological/Cattell-Horn-Carrol (CHC) Conceptual Model. The Model explores broad and narrow brain-behavior classifications encompassing sensory-motor, visual-spatial, auditory/phonological functioning, and memory. Additional exploration will involve executive functioning, various aspects of attention, processing speed, acquired knowledge, language, and academic achievement, all of which are essential for the learning and psycho-social planning and recovery. As an outgrowth of the School Neuropsychological assessment data, we will discuss a Brain and Behavior Coaching Model for dealing with an individual's Substance Use Disorder. The discussion will address any learning differences, neurodevelopmental concerns, and mental health issues, which will empower the School Neuropsychologist to provide productive feedback to all involved in an individual's neuro-educational care. We will explore resources that may prove beneficial and provide helpful interventions leading to being a change agent for adolescents struggling with a Substance Use Disorder when fostering on-going quality care. As such, we will review an abbreviated case sample.


Leonard-Zabel is a full professor of Psychology and serves as the Psychology Department Coordinator at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts, USA. She owns and operates a private clinic specializing in School Psychology/School Neuropsychology and Clinical Forensic Examining, providing assessments, consultation, and training to schools, families, clinics, law firms, and courts locally, nationally, and internationally. She holds diplomat and fellow certificates/certifications in the fields of Neuropsychology, Forensic Counseling and Forensic Examining, Psychotherapy, Addictions, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Clinical Anxiety, Disability Analysis, Brain Coaching and in Homeland Security, among others. The American Psychological Association-Monitor recognized her in the Psychology Journal under the personality and achievement section. She was awarded the Lifetime Career Achievement Award from the American Board of Disability Analysts, of which a select few ever received this honor. She was awarded the Curry College "Excellence in Teaching Researcher of the Year" and "Person of the Year" acknowledging excellence in teaching, mentorship, collegiality leadership, and community service. Leonard-Zabel presents nationally and internationally on an on-going basis.