One Hurley clinician/educator's hard work soon will end up making light work for others.
Kirk Stucky PsyD and two collaborators recently completed editing the second edition of the Clinical Neuropsychology Study Guide and Board Review, a book designed to guide learners through the extensive studying needed to prepare for the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology written examination.
It also is a helpful teaching tool for faculty in the same discipline, whether their students are graduate level or other.
The information is structured in a concise, outline format, with generous use of bullets, boxes, illustrations and tables. The page design applies neuropsychological concepts to aid learning. It also includes hundreds of mock exam questions and recommendations for further reading. The case range covers pediatric, adult, and geriatric issues and conditions.
Stucky is director of Hurley's rehabilitation and neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship, chair of the Hurley Department of Behavioral Health, and assistant professor for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Department of Medicine. Stucky not only edited the guide, he also authored or coauthored the introduction; a section on how to prepare for the written exam; and chapters on ethics in clinical neuropsychology, delirium and disorders of consciousness, and traumatic brain injury.
Stucky has been involved in both editions of the book. He was motivated to create it when studying for his own clinical neuropsychology board exam in the late 1990s, when there was no study guide for board prep to be found. So he developed his own and shared them with colleagues and trainees. Oxford University Press and the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology supported his idea to create a published study guide, which was edited and curated by he and co-editors Michael Kirkwood PhD of Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colo.; Jacobus Donders PhD of the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Christine Liff PhD of Michigan Neurology Associates with offices in the Metro Detroit area.
Though Stucky is a busy clinician, educator, and administrator, he enjoys the writing process, he said.
"It is a great way to learn and remain current," said Stucky. "I have also made many new friends, which enriches the entire experience. The various contributors to the book are all expert in their particular field and it is really exciting to learn about what is happening in the rapidly changing field of neuroscience."
The author has one tradition after the completion of every big project.
"I try to do something nice for my wife, Mary," he said. "She is very supportive, and I really appreciate everything she does to keep our lives running smoothly. I could not do any of this without her."
It's probably a good thing - Stucky and collaborator Jennifer Jutte PhD are already nearing completion of a book on critical care psychology, covering a wide range of critical care settings, including issues encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic. And Stucky is the second editor of a clinical neuropsychology supervision book, expected to be published in 2021.
In the meantime, the current 736-page clinical neuropsychology study guide is available from Oxford University Press (978-0-19-069002-1) at a 30% discount with the promo code, ASPROMP8, at oup.com/academic.