Webinar: Covid and the Brain

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With over 20 million infected in the US, COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the American worker from an economic and health standpoint.  While this disease is best known for its effects on the respiratory system, there is compelling evidence that the virus impacts other organ systems as well, including the neurological system.  How many of those infected will demonstrate cognitive symptoms?  Will these cognitive symptoms lead to an increase in disability claims?  Dr. Fiano will summarize the research that has been published thus far, identifying any patterns emerging from a cognitive perspective.  This will help advocates know what types of symptoms are most likely and to what extent those symptoms might impact fitness/capacity.  Finally, Dr. Fiano will review the psychological impact of COVID-19, particularly where psychological symptoms intersect with cognitive symptoms. 


By attending this webinar, you will be able to:


1)      Describe the direct and indirect ways COVID-19 can impact the neurological system.

2)      Describe the potential mechanisms for COVID-19 to affect neurocognitive functioning.

3)      Compare and contrast the psychological versus neurocognitive presentations.

4)      List the most likely cognitive domains to be impacted by COVID-19.


Dr. Fiano is the Clinical Director of Neuropsychology at PsyBar. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Florida in 1994.  She became board certified in clinical neuropsychology in 2005 through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.  She has run her own private practice for more than 20 years, specializing in neuropsychological evaluations and forensic assessments.  In her work with PsyBar, she has performed numerous independent medical evaluations and fitness for duty evaluations. 

Presented August, 2021