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Designing rehabilitation programs for patients who have suffered brain injury or disease is one of the core functions of clinical neuropsychologists. Ironically, the more that neuropsychologists have learned about the functional anatomy of the brain, the more they have realised how important the variable of culture is, not only in the expression of deficits, but in implementation of treatment programs. After all, tumours, strokes, and traumatic brain injuries do not just affect the brain, they affect a person who is a member of a particular family that has a particular ethno-cultural background. The interpersonal context of the brain disorder affects not only how injury or trauma is expressed, but how the patient and family deals with medical professionals and how rehabilitation programs must be tailored to ensure effectiveness. Uomoto and Wong are two of the top clinical neuropsychologists interested in issues of cross-cultural assessment and intervention and this book, the first of its kind, will serve as a general guidebook on the key issues surrounding multicultural rehabilitation for a wide range of health care professionals.
Jay Uomoto, PhD, is Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Graduate Psychology, Seattle Pacific University, USA. He is a licensed psychologist in Washington and Georgia and has a private practice that focuses on rehabilitation psychology and clinical neuropsychology. Prior to joining Seattle Pacific, he was Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Uomoto has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, many of which focus on the topic of culture and ethnicity in neuropsychological practice. He is the author of The Neuropsychological Evaluation in Vocational Planning (1997). Tony Wong, PhD, is Associate Professor of Physical and Medical Rehabilitation at the University of Rochester Medical School and is the Director of Neuropsychology for Unity Health Systems in Rochester, USA. His areas of expertise include mild head injury, post-concussive syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and cross-cultural neuropsychology. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and a member of the International Neuropsychological Society and Division 40 of the American Psychological Association.