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Cognitive Screening of Older Adults in Psychological Practice

You may earn this many credits: 1.0

Michael Sharland, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, LP |  Susan McPherson, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, LP
1.0 Hour
Audio and Video


Dementia is one of the most common conditions in the elderly.  Most elders with dementia are not aware of deficits and may appear to be cognitively intact as a result of spared language skills and intact social skills.  This session will introduce practitioner to the importance of cognitive screening of the older adult as an integral part of the practice of psychology.  We will present (7)  evidence based tools used for screening older adults in a private practice setting (MMSE, MiniCog, SLUMS, Kokmen STMS; MoCA, Blessed) and discuss the proper use of such tools in a primary care setting or psychology private practice.

Introductory: This program is for psychologists, other mental health professionals, and students.


  1. Identify three implications for early detection of cognitive change in older adults
  2. Identify three evidenced-based measures of cognitive screening
  3. Identify the strengths and limitations of cognitive screening in older adults

This session qualifies for 1 continuing education credits. You must attend the full 1 hour program to get continuing education credit for the event.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 


Michael Sharland, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, LP Related seminars and products

Michael Sharland, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, LP, is a board-certified neuropsychologist in the department of Neurology at Essentia Health East in Duluth, Minnesota.  Originally from Michigan, he obtained his doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Saint Louis University.  Dr. Sharland then went on to complete a Neuropsychology internship at the Memphis VA Medical Center and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Adult Neuropsychology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  He has been with the Essentia Health department of Neurology since 2010.

The speaker has indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest.

Susan McPherson, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, LP Related seminars and products

Susan McPherson, Ph.D., ABPP, LP, is a Board Certified Neuropsychologist in private practice. Dr. McPherson received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in 1990 and completed her psychology internship at the University of Minnesota. She completed a two-year fellowship in Geriatric Psychology and Neuropsychology at UCLA in 1992She is coauthor of A Practical Approach to Geriatric Neuropsychology with Deborah Koltai, PhD, ABPP. Dr. McPherson is a past president of the Minnesota Psychological Association.

The speaker has indicated they do not have any conflicts of interest.