The National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) Foundation produces Brain Beat, a podcast series featuring discussions with experts about brain psychology, brain science, and brain health.

Welcome to Brain Beat, a podcast series featuring discussions with experts on brain health and functioning. Listen in and learn how to keep your brain healthy as you age, facts and myths about concussion, how memory works, how brain development affects behavior, what we know about consciousness and more. Our mission at the NAN Foundation is to bring knowledge of brain and behavior to the public. Brain injury and brain disease can be life-changing and confusing. We break down big brain topics into practical and informative points and serve as a resource and support for individuals, families and communities. We also hope to bring public awareness to brain health and to share our understanding of our clinical science and practice.

Latest Episode: Understanding Disorders of Brain Development

Join host Dr. Pete Stavinoha in a compelling interview with Dr. Stephen Hooper, an expert in child neuropsychology, as they discuss the intricate realm of brain development disorders. Throughout the conversation, they shed light on the genetic underpinnings, diagnostic methodologies, and evidence-based interventions, offering invaluable insights into navigating the complexities of pediatric neurodevelopmental conditions.

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Thank you to our Brain Beat Hosts

Peter Arnett, Ph.D.
Dr. Arnett received his Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is currently a Psychology Professor and Director of the Neuropsychology of Sports Concussion and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Programs at Penn State University where he completed a six-year term as the Director of Clinical Training of the doctoral program. Dr. Arnett is a past-president of NAN, and also past editor of the NAN Bulletin. He is the author of over 160 research articles, and has published mostly in the areas of sports-related concussion and multiple sclerosis (MS). Both research programs have focused on the interplay between secondary factors (e.g., depression, anxiety, fatigue, sleep, pain, etc.) and cognitive dysfunction, with the goal of identifying modifiable factors that might be targeted to improve cognitive functioning. Dr. Arnett has also published two books: Secondary Influences on Neuropsychological Test Performance (2013), and Neuropsychology of Sports-Related Concussion (2019). He has given many national and international talks on concussion/mTBI, MS, and other topics relating to clinical neuropsychology.

Heidi Rossetti, Ph.D.
Heidi Rossetti, Ph.D., is a board-certified neuropsychologist (American Board of Professional Psychologist) and licensed psychologist with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Dr. Rossetti obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at UT Southwestern where she served as Chief Resident. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from UT Southwestern. Dr. Rossetti completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology at the University of Virginia where she served as Chief Fellow. She joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2012 where her departmental activities include neuropsychological/cognitive evaluation of persons with known or suspected neurological disorders. Dr. Rossetti’s clinical expertise is in the area of neuropsychological assessment, with particular interest in differential diagnosis of dementia and her research focuses on the relationship between medical comorbidities and the development of mild cognitive impairment and dementia, as well as the early detection of mild cognitive impairment via neuropsychological screening measures.

Peter L. Stavinoha, Ph.D.
Peter L. Stavinoha is Professor of Behavioral Pediatrics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Stavinoha holds a PhD in School Psychology and is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Stavinoha’s clinical and research interests focus on the impact of pediatric cancer and treatment on survivors’ quality of life and functional outcomes with an emphasis on school performance and educational attainment.

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