Annual Cogmed Conference – 2010

Welcome to the Cogmed Conference 2010 website. Below you will see the full agenda of this year’s conference along with information about the presenters, the list of research posters presented, and photos from the Cogmed Award Ceremony. We have created this site so you can see the excitement Cogmed is causing in the fields of clinical psychology, education, and in the academic community.

Here are comments from Cogmed’s General Manager, Jonas Jendi.

The Chicago Cogmed Conference was a wonderful opportunity to bring many people important to Cogmed together.

We had about 175 participants, representing 14 countries (on 6 continents) – Cogmed practitioners and coaches, academic researchers from diverse fields, all experts on working memory (WM), a large group of key people from Pearson Clinical Assessment, several key partners and a large part of the Cogmed team – all of it in one place, one time. It will be a year before anything like this is seen again…

Some notes on the topics:

a large group met to discuss the ideas for how to integrate/adjust assessment tools into the Cogmed process. Notes will be shared and many ideas were generated.

14 research posters were presented by independent academic teams. Scroll down to see the full list of posters that were presented.

We had the privilege of hearing several of the world’s leading experts on WM present their perspective on the link WM – ADHD (Mark Rapport), the state of WM and cognitive training science (Klingberg), WM in the class room and impact of training on learning (Gathercole), WM training in ADHD, new studies and results (Tannock and Fassbender/Schweitzer). Nancy Muirhead reviewed her experiences and findings from implementing Cogmed training in two private schools. Aurelio Prifitera introduced Pearson Clinical Assessment, the large organization he leads. And I tried to summarize how Cogmed sees itself in the big picture and how we now move forward. Introducing Cogmed to America’s public schools will be a big part of that.

Awards: Over dinner we had the pleasure to present awards to several of the pioneers and leaders in the Cogmed network. You will find the award winners at the bottom of the page. A lot of hard work is behind their success. That is also true for the winner of the unofficial award for best conference arranger: Marissa O’Neal.

Thank you also for the overwhelmingly warm feedback we’ve received.



Friday, September 24th

Mark Rapport
– Working memory deficits in ADHD:
The functional relationship between central executive
processes, hyperactivity, and inattention.
(presentation & video unavailable)

Jonas Jendi– Marketing plans

Aurelio Prifitera – Introduction to Pearson Clinical Assessment

Saturday, September 25th

Torkel Klingberg – An overview of Working Memory Training

Susan Gathercole – Working memory, learning, and classroom behaviour

Rosemary Tannock – Exploring Cogmed Working Memory Training: methods and mechanisms involving two clinical groups with ADHD.

Catherine Fassbender – Will computerized working memory training generalize to improve off-task behavior in ADHD?

Nancy Muirhead – Cogmed in Private Schools: Results and Lessons Learned

Jonas Jendi – Status of the network

Poster Presentations

Presenters Title Research Institution Poster Title Authors

Miriam Mintzer

Associate Professor, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins U. School of Medicine A Pilot Study of Working Memory Training in Geriatric Depression, TBI, and Substance Use Disorders MZ Mintzer, PB Rosenberg, V Rao, NP Miskin, JN Kane, C Barnes, CG Lyketsos

Kristi Hardy

Associate Professor, Ph.D. Duke University Medical Center Cogmed Training for Pediatric Cancer Patients: Intervention During and Post Cancer Therapies Kristi Hardy

Stephanie Bennett

Research Associate, Ph.D. Down Syndrome Ed. International Evaluating Working Memory Training in Young Children with Down Syndrome Stephanie Bennett, Sue Buckley

Anna Lundqvist

Neuropsych, Ph.D. University Hospital Linköping Computerized Training of Working Memory in a Group of Patients Suffering from Acquired Brain Injury Anna Lundqvist, Kersti Samuelsson, Kerstin Grundström

Dawn Gondoli

Associate Professor, Ph.D. University of Notre Dame Effects of Adolescents’ Working Memory Training on Parents’ Stress and Autonomy-Related Parenting Dawn Gondoli

Anil Chacko

Associate Professor, Ph.D. Queens College, CUNY Improving Compliance and Outcomes to Cogmed for Youth with ADHD and Disruptive Behavior: Initial Findings Anil Chacko, Anne-Claude Bedard, David Marks

Ed Moss

Ph.D. Malamut & Moss PC Evidence-Based Computerized Intervention Enhances WM Skills in Patients with 22Q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Ed Moss

Joni Holmes

Senior Lecturer, Ph.D. University of Northumbria Is Working Memory Training For Every Child? Joni Holmes

Rob Budwig

Special Education Supervisor Southern Trinity Unified School District Cogmed Working Memory in Public Schools Rob Budwig

Amrit Daryanani

Dean of Faculty, Ph.D. Wakefield School Cogmed in a Private School Setting – a Pilot Amrit Daryanani

Lee Hyer

Ph.D. GA Neurosurgical/ Mercer School of Med. Cogmed: A Cognitive Rehabilitation Intervention to Improve Working Memory in Older Adults Lee Hyer, Mary Michael Atkinson, Chris Scoggins, Jason Dalibwala, Fan Chen

Jon Skranes

M.D., Ph.D. NTNU, Trondheim & U. of Hawaii Honolulu Computerized Working Memory Training Improves Function in Extremely Low Birth Weight Adolescents. Jon Skranes, Gro Lohaugen, Kristine Grünewaldt

William Kronenberger

Associate Professor, Ph.D. Indiana University Verbal Rehearsal and Memory Scanning Speed in Children with Cochlear Implants Following Working Memory Training William Kronenberger PhD, David Pisoni PhD, Shirley Henning MS, Bethany Gehrlein MS, Andrew Kirk MS, Larry Phillips BA.

Bradley Gibson

Associate Professor, Ph.D. University of Notre Dame Component Analysis of Simple Span Versus Complex Span Adaptive Working Memory Exercises: A Randomized Controlled Trial Bradley Gibson, Dawn Gondoli, William Kronenberger, Ann Johnson, Rebecca Morrissey, Christine Steeger, Bradley Dobrzenski, Alexis Thompson

North America Awards

Cogmed Pioneer AwardBill Benninger Ph.D.
Cogmed Pioneer AwardArthur Lavin M.D.
Cogmed TBI Pioneer AwardDavid Green Ph.D.
Cogmed School Pioneer Award – Robert Budwig
Best Compliance Cogmed CoachLonnilei Kunnemann
Most Active Cogmed CoachBarbara Ingersoll Ph.D.
Best Compliance Cogmed PracticeStepwise
Most Active Cogmed PracticeADD Center for Self- Management

International Awards

Cogmed Pioneer Award – Andreas Müller
Most Active International Cogmed CoachBerrie Gerrits
Best Compliance Cogmed CoachKathleen Kengott
Best Compliance Cogmed PracticeSingapore Working Memory Solutions
Most Active International Cogmed PracticeBeter Brein