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CE Workshop: A Refresher Course in Neuroanatomy: Relationships between Brain and Behavior
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When: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Where: Georgia Nurses Association (The Education Center)
3032 Briarcliff Road
Atlanta, Georgia  30329-2655
United States
Presenter: Suzanne Penna, PhD, ABPP-CN
Contact: Amy Han Dietrich, Director of Continuing Education and Communications
(404) 634-6272

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Have you repressed your memory of your neuroscience coursework? Does the word “neuroanatomy” cause a PTSD-like reaction in you? When someone mentions a brain structure during a lecture do you nod appropriately and wonder if everyone around you also has no clue what the presenter is talking about?

This course is here to help. The goals of this course are to review basic neuroanatomy, and to relate specific brain structures to behavior. Specific emphasis will be on brain areas associated with cognitive and emotional functioning, and how our knowledge of the interplay between different brain structures may underlie several forms of psychotherapy (e.g. CBT, exposure). The ultimate goal of the class is to demystify brain functioning, and provide a better understanding how “the mind is what the brain does.”

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the organization of the cerebral cortex and subcortical structures.
  2. Explain how different areas in the brain relate to specific cognitive and emotional functions.
  3. Discuss hypotheses regarding the interplay between different brain areas and how this underlies both psychological dysfunction and the mechanism of action in different psychotherapies.

    CE: 3 hours

    Level: Introductory

      About the Presenter:

      Dr. Suzanne Penna is a clinical neuropsychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory University. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Georgia State University, completed a neuropsychology internship at Yale University, and a two-year neuropsychology fellowship at the University of Alabama Birmingham’s Spain Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. Prior to working at Emory, she worked first at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and then for the Atlanta VA Medical Center as a neuropsychologist.

      Dr. Penna specializes in the assessment and treatment of brain injury, particularly in the military population. She is strongly involved in teaching, and serves as the training director of Emory’s Neuropsychology Fellowship program and Emory’s Graduate Practicum. In addition she teaches two semester-long courses to students in the department of Physical Therapy, co-leads a weekly neuropsychology case seminar, and provides several lectures per year to medical students and residents from Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Neurology at Emory. Research interests include management of traumatic brain injury, and cognitive changes associated with medical illnesses.

      Dr. Penna has conducted multiple workshops, including past presentations for the Georgia Psychological Association on neurodegenerative disorders, the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and presented posters during annual neuropsychology conferences on a variety of topics related to neuropsychology. She is one of 17 board certified clinical neuropsychologists practicing in the state of Georgia credentialed through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

      Registration Costs:

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before October 7, 2016 to receive this rate.)

      • $70: GPA Members
      • $105: Non-members
      • $20: GPA Student Members

      Registration (After October 7, 2016)

      • $80: GPA Members
      • $115: Non-members
      • $30: GPA Student Members

      Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

      Cancellation Policy:
      All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Amy Dietrich via email ( A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to October 14, 2016. No refunds will be given after October 14, 2016.

      The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.