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CoastLine: Neuropsychologist On Fostering Healthy Brains; Why War Zone Brain Injury Is Prolific

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That gap between what happens in the brain and what comes out as behavior is the field of clinical neuropsychology.  Its application can range from diagnosing and treating military personnel to people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis or dementia. 

New research shows there are at least 53 different ways to injure the brain in a battle zone – including the previously-unexamined impacts of the blasts from improvised explosive devices. 

Here to help us understand the implications of these studies – and the trends in the field of neuropsychology is Dr. Antonio Puente.  He’s a Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.  As a clinical neuropsychologist, he founded and co-directs a bi-lingual practice, Cape Fear Clinic, in Wilmington that serves people who are poor and underinsured.  He founded, and for ten years, edited the quarterly scientific journal, Neuropsychology Review.  He’s is also Past President of the American Psychological Association.

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 4 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.
Rachel is a graduate of UNCW's Master of Public Administration program, specializing in Urban and Regional Policy and Planning. She also received a Master of Education and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and French Language & Literature from NC State University. She served as WHQR's News Fellow from 2017-2019. Contact her by email: rkeith@whqr.org or on Twitter @RachelKWHQR