Dr. Kristen Kaploun- Training and Experience
I am a registered Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO; www.cpo.on.ca), providing services to adults (18 years of age or older) and seniors living in the Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville and the greater Halton area.
I completed my graduate studies at the University of Windsor, earning my Ph.D. in the specialized Neuropsychology stream of the Clinical Psychology program. My primary area of practice is providing neuropsychological assessment and intervention to individuals presenting with various cognitive (i.e., thinking), emotional or behavioural difficulties including (but not limited to) neurological impairments (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis), stroke / transient ischemic attack (TIA), brain injury, concussion, chronic health / medical conditions (e.g., diabetic neuropathy, epilepsy), learning disorders, developmental disorders, alcohol / substance abuse, psychiatric difficulties (e.g., mood or anxiety), or age-related changes (e.g., normal aging, mild cognitive impairment, dementia). I also conduct baseline cognitive assessments in order to characterize an individual’s areas of cognitive strengths and weaknesses and to help determine whether any changes occur as time progresses. Psycho-educational / psycho-vocational assessments are also available to help determine whether academic or vocational accommodations would be beneficial. Medical-legal and insurance assessments are also a part of my practice. Specialty assessments (e.g., symptom validity, exaggerated/malingered cognitive dysfunction) are also available upon referral. To learn more about the assessments I conduct, please see the “Assessments” page of my website.
I also have extensive training and experience in the provision of psychotherapy. In particular, I focus on helping individuals struggling with anxiety and issues related to anxiety, such as social anxiety/shyness (i.e., discomfort in social situations), excessive tension or worry, generalized anxiety, panic attacks / panic disorder, fears/phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) / obsessive or compulsive behaviours, sleep disturbances / insomnia, and problems such as low self-esteem, relationship issues, and body image issues. I also have particular interest and experience in treating prenatal and postpartum anxiety (i.e., perinatal anxiety), and offer a specialized treatment program, the Perinatal Anxiety Treatment Program, for new and expectant mothers struggling with perinatal anxiety. I provide individual and group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is an evidence-based form of therapy that differs from traditional psychotherapy in that it is a structured, short-term, goal-directed, problem-focused and active form of therapy. The client and therapist work together to make changes in the way a client thinks about, feels about and behaves towards problems in their lives. A major advantage of CBT is that it is a highly collaborative process in which the client learns how to be his or her own therapist, and it does not require the use of medication in order to be effective. To learn more about “CBT”, please see the “Therapy” page of my website.
I also provide psycho-educational seminars and workshops on various topics, including anxiety and anxiety-related issues, sleep difficulties, and the normal changes to memory that occur as part of the aging process. Seminars and workshops on other topics are also offered so check back frequently for updates on any upcoming events you would like to attend. To learn more about available seminars / workshops, please see the “Seminars / Workshops” page of my website.
Since beginning my training in 2005, I have worked in various clinical settings providing neuropsychological assessment, psychotherapeutic intervention, and cognitive rehabilitation. Settings in which I have worked include St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (Clinical Neuropsychology Service, as well as the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre), Jefferson Avenue Research Clinic (Treatment Center for Substance Abuse), Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital, Baycrest (Cognitive and Behavioural Health Program: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Neuropsychological Assessment, and Memory Intervention programs), West Park Healthcare Centre, and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Neurology Services). I have also taught at the undergraduate level at the University of Guelph.
College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) – http://www.cpo.on.ca/
Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) – http://www.cpa.ca/
Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) – http://opajoomla.knowledge4you.ca/
International Neuropsychological Society (INS) – http://www.the-ins.org/
Publications and Presentations:
During the course of my training, the majority of my research pertained to topics of handedness, cerebral lateralization (i.e., examining which half of the brain controls various mental processes, such a memory, language, or attention), and the effects of effort and motivation on test performance. For my Ph.D. dissertation, I studied the effects of dietary manipulation on cognitive performance. In other words, I was interested in examining how memory, language, attention, spatial ability, and the speed with which we are able to process information was affected by the foods we eat every day.
Kaploun, K. A., & Abeare, C. A. (2010). Degree vs. direction: A comparison of four handedness classification schemes through the investigation of lateralized semantic priming. Laterality, 15(5), 481-500.
Pascual-Leone, A., Gomes, K., Orr, E. S., Kaploun, K. A., & Abeare, C. A. (2011). Affective and cognitive correlates of gambling behavior in university students. Journal of Gambling Studies, 27, 401-408.
Ledgerwood, D. M., Orr, E. S., Kaploun, K. A., Milosevic, A., Frisch, G. R., Rupcich, N., et al. (2011). Executive function in pathological gamblers and healthy controls. Journal of Gambling Studies, 28(1), 89-103.
*N.B. My maiden name is Hodges.
Kaploun, K. A., Abeare, C. A., Coppens, A. M., & Gardizi, E.(2010, February). Does handedness influence speed of interhemispheric transfer? Poster submitted for the 38th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), Acapulco, Mexico, USA.
Kaploun, K. A., Coppens, A., & Abeare, C. A. (2009, August). Handedness: Does degree or direction better capture lateralized semantic priming? Poster presentation at the 117th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Ledgerwood, D. M., Kaploun, K., Milosevic, A., Rupcich, N., Frisch, G. R., & Lundahl, L. H. (2009, August). Executive function in pathological gamblers and non-problem gambling controls: Preliminary analysis. Poster presentation at the 117th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Kaploun, K. A., Urlacher, J. R., & Abeare, C. A. (2009, July). Verbal fluency as an embedded measure of effort. Poster presentation at the Mid-year Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), Helsinki, Finland.
Abeare, C., Chauvin, K. A., Kaploun, K. A., Chu, O., Dumitrescu, C., & Pascual-Leone, A. (2009, July). Validation of the Emotion Word Fluency Test: Preliminary evidence. Poster presentation at the Mid-year Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), Helsinki, Finland.
Ledgerwood, D. M., Kaploun, K., Milosevic, A., Orr, E., Rupcich, N., Frisch, G. R., & Lundahl, L. H. (2009, June). Impulsivity and Executive Function Deficits in Pathological Gamblers Compared with Community Controls. Poster presentation at the 23rd National Conference of the National Council on Problem Gambling, Indianapolis, IN.
Ledgerwood, D. M., Kaploun, K. A., Milosevic, A., Orr, E., Rupcich, N., Frisch, G. R., & Lundahl, L. H. (2009, May). Neuropsychological assessment of executive function deficits in pathological gamblers. Poster presentation at the 14th International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking, Lake Tahoe, California, Nevada, USA.
Sadler, S., Kaploun, K. A., & Abeare, C. A. (2009, February).Interhemispheric communication and novel solution generation. Poster presentation at the 37th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Kaploun, K. A., Abeare, C. A., Chu, O. (2008, July). Handedness and mental rotation. Poster presentation at the Mid-year Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) and the VII SONEPSA Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina, South America.
Hodges, K. A., Abeare, C. A. (2008, February). Handedness and lateralized semantic priming. Poster presentation at the 36th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA.
Meegan, D.V., Hodges, K. (2005, July). Does location matter? Incidental processing of spatial information in non-spatial tasks. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science (CBBC), Université de Montréal, Quebec, Canada.
- Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Postgraduate Scholarship D2, University of Windsor
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Windsor
- President’s Excellence Award, University of Windsor
- Graduate Tuition Scholarship, University of Windsor
- Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network 3rd Year Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship