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Biography

Eileen B. Fennell, Ph.D. received her BA in Psychology from the University of Florida in 1964. She then was employed as a Research Assistant in the Laboratory of Paul Satz, Ph.D. the first neuropsychologist on the faculty of the department. She worked in his laboratory until 1970 when she moved to Millington, TN with her family while her husband completed military duty in the US Navy. She returned to Gainesville in 1972 and was employed in various research projects through the Department of Clinical Psychology (Migrant Health Grant) and the Vice-President’s Office of Shands Hospital (Needs Assessment for Nursing and Allied Health Personnel). She entered graduate studies in 1974, received her MS in 1975 and completed her APA approved clinical internship in the Department of Clinical Psychology and the VAMC Consortium in 1978. Dr. Fennell joined the faculty in 1978. She is a Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist (ABPP-cn) and served on the ABPP Board for five years, representing the Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. She is a past-president of Division 40 of the American Psychological Association. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee of Division 40 and serves as the Fellows Chair. She is one of the founding members of the Pediatric Neuropsychology Interest Group (PedsNpsy) and of the Women in Neuropsychology Group (WINS) of Division 40. Dr Fennell is a Fellow of APA and of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. She serves on the editorial boards of a number of related journals in the field of neuropsychology (Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology; Neuropsychology Review; Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology) and is a past Associate Editor for the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. Dr. Fennel has supervised over 30 doctoral students during her tenure at the University of Florida. She is married to a retired USAF Colonel and has two children and one grandchild.

Research Focus

Over the years, since her graduate school days, she has maintained an interest in learning disabilities (the topic of her dissertation), in human laterality studies and in children’s medical disorders that affect neuropsychological functions. She has published papers and chapters in neuropsychological assessment, in renal disorders, in childhood epilepsy, in pediatric brain tumors and other cancers affecting the CNS (e.g. leukemia) and in studies of brain and language lateralization determined during Wada testing for epilepsy. More recently, she has collaborated on studies of traumatic brain injuries in children, ADHD and sleep disorders in children with chronic epilepsy.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Fennell sees children referred for a variety of neurological, neuropsychiatric and developmental disorders as well as acquired disorders (trauma, stroke, tumors). She also does some forensic evaluations in adult criminal cases and in personal injury/malpractice cases involving children. Referrals come from pediatric medical specialties within Shands Hospital and from state agencies, private practitioners and attorneys. She is also the primary neuropsychologist involved in weekly Wada testing in Neuroradiology in collaboration with adult and pediatric neurology faculty. She also supervises interested trainees who elect a rotation in the Pediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases Clinic where children and young adults dealing with the impact of HIV+ infections are followed.

Teaching

Adult Assessment
Child Neuropsychology
Human Higher Cortical Functions
Research Seminar in Neuropsychology
Practicum (Core) in Clinical and Health Psychology- Assessment and Therapy Supervision
Advanced Assessment Practicum in Clinical Pediatric and/or Adult Neuropsychology

Representative publications

Preston, A.S., Fennell, E.B., & Bussing, R. (2005). Utility of a CPT in diagnosing ADHD among a representative smaple of high risk children: A cautionary note. Child Neuropsychology, 11(5), 459-469.

Stacpoole, P.W., Kerr, D., Barnes, C., Bunch, T., Carney, P.C., Fennell, E.M., et al. (2006). Controlled clinical trial of Dicholoroacetate for treatment of Congenital Lactic Acidosis in Children. Pediatrics, 117, 1519-1531.

Fennel., E.B., (2005). Ethical challenges in pediatric neuropsychology. Chapter in : S.S. Bush (Ed.) A Casebook of Ethical Challenges in Clinical Neuropsychology. London: Taylor and Francis, 133-137.

Fennell., E.B. (2006). Pediatric behavioral neuropsychology. In: M. Hersen (Ed.) Clinicians' Handbook of Child Behaivoral Assessment. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 587-604.

Fennell, E.B. (In Press, 2007) Reflections on present and future directions in neurodevelopmental interventions. IN: S. Hunter and J. Donders (eds.) Pediatric Neuropsychological Interventions: A Critical Review of Science and Practice. London, UK: Cambridge Press.

Curriculum Vitae

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