First visiting faculty member for Rural Appalachia seminar

Brian Harel, Ph.D., J.D., will speak with the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia seminar about cultural considerations in neuropsychological assessment this week.

Harel is a neuropsychologist and Director of Clinical Science at CogState, and Assistant Clinical Professor at the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine. CogState is a company that specializes in the application of conventional and computerized tests of cognition for the purposes of quantifying drug efficacy/toxicity in human subjects in clinical drug trials, concussion management, and cognitive screening. Brian’s expertise is in the area of identification and measurement of subtle behavioral and cognitive dysfunction, particularly secondary to treatment-associated efficacy/toxicity in oncology.

Brian obtained his undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. He then spent several years as a researcher in genetic epidemiology at Yale School of Medicine before attending the University of Connecticut where he obtained his PhD in clinical neuropsychology. He completed his internship at Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center/University of Michigan Health System and his postdoctoral residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Neurology. 

Brian earned his J.D. summa cum laude from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and was a Pedrick Scholar and a Center Scholar of the Center for Law, Science & Innovation. Brian was also awarded the Daniel Strouse Prize, Fay T. Runyan Scholarship and certificates in Law, Science & Innovation with a specialization in health law. 

In addition to his work at CogState, Brian has strong interests in the intersection of neuroscience and law, an area sometimes referred to as “neuro-law.” 

Psychology 430: Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia is a new Spring 2013 course being taught collaboratively by Sewanee- and Yale-affiliated faculty and guest speakers. It is the latest development in a growing partnership between Sewanee and the Yale Child Study Center, Yale Medical School. Among the Center faculty is Linda Mayes, M.D. … Sewanee alumna … Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine … and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology at Sewanee.

For many years, Dr. Mayes has offered summer internships to Sewanee students. More recently, she initiated the Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program that affords Sewanee students the opportunity to spend a semester plus a summer at the Yale Child Study Center. This new course venture will offer students the combined expertise and energy of Sewanee faculty and visiting Yale-affiliated faculty and guest speakers. In addition to leading one or more course sessions, most of the visiting faculty and guest speakers will give a more public presentation open to the general community and have the opportunity to interact with various members of the Sewanee faculty and the broader community during their time in Sewanee. Thus, the course will also help to foster community-based collaborations among Sewanee and Yale faculty, University students, and local community organizations and partners.