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Dr. Ann Marie Leonard-Zabel Holds Leadership Role at International Neuroscience Conference in Barcelona

Dr. Ann Leonard-Zabel
April 19, 2019


Academics | Faculty Accomplishments

At the 2nd International Conference on Neuroscience and Neurological Disorders/ Neuroscience Congress 2019 held in Barcelona, Spain on April 11 and 12, Dr. Ann Marie Leonard-Zabel, Professor of Psychology, presented the keynote address, received numerous accolades, and served as a leading member of the conference organizing committee.

Her keynote address, “Solving the Mystery of Autism Spectrum Disorders from a Pediatric Neuropsychological Perspective,” provided conference attendees with an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) from a pediatric school neuropsychological and brain-based perspective and delivered a “best practices” approach to School Neuropsychological Assessment of ASD.

“Children and youth with ASD are likely to present with unique challenges and issues during the formal neuropsychological assessment, often impacting the successful completion of the evaluation process and the usefulness of the assessment data,” said Dr. Leonard-Zabel. “Since instructional programming is based on a child’s current level of performance and identification of educational needs, accurate and useful assessment data is of utmost importance to educational adjustment and personal success.”

At the conference, Dr. Leonard-Zabel was also recognized with awards for Outstanding Excellence to the Scientific Community, Excellence with Keynote Presentation, and Service as an Honorary Organizing Committee Member, as well as her roles as Chair or Co-Chair of sessions spanning Neurology, Neuropsychology, Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, Depression, and Traumatic Brain Injury. As an honorary organizing committee member, she collaborated with experts from around the world to develop the conference program.