Cesare Cornoldi is Full Professor in the Department of General Psychology at the University of Padua, Italy, where he also directs a laboratory that provides assessment and intervention for learning disabilities and developmental disorders. He conducts research both nationally and internationally on memory, mental imagery, learning disabilities, and human intelligence. Dr. Cornoldi serves on the editorial boards of many national and international journals and has been visiting professor at a number of universities, including, most recently, Columbia University, New York University, and the University of California, Irvine. He has served as president of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, among other associations, and is a Fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities and the Association for Psychological Science. His publications include 300 peer-reviewed journal articles, 10 books, and numerous widely used Italian achievement tests. Irene C. Mammarella, PhD, is Lecturer in the Department of Developmental and Social Psychology at the University of Padua, Italy, where she directs a postgraduate course in Developmental Psychopathology. She conducts clinical practice at the laboratory directed by Cesare Cornoldi that provides assessment and intervention for learning disabilities and developmental disorders. Her main areas of research are NLD, mathematical learning disability, the role of working memory in both academic achievement and calculation, and visuospatial abilities in high-functioning autism. The author of many peer-reviewed journal articles, Dr. Mammarella serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. Jodene Goldenring Fine, PhD, is Associate Professor of School Psychology at Michigan State University, where she teaches graduate students and conducts research on autism, NLD, and dyslexia, using neuropsychological and neuroimaging techniques. Dr. Fine has lectured worldwide on the importance of a neuropsychological perspective in education, particularly with regard to the identification and treatment of children with learning challenges. A member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, she served on the editorial board of Psychological Assessment.
This book is much needed. It constitutes a systematic, clear, and comprehensive review of the scientific research on psychological functioning of children with NLD. The authors adopt a neurodevelopmental perspective and offer a perfect balance between theoretical knowledge and applications. This work is indispensable reading for graduate students, researchers, and practitioners in psychology, neuropsychology, and education who seek to improve the quality of life of children with NLD and their families. --Ruth Campos, Department of Basic Psychology, Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain Timely and important. The authors maintain an adroit balance between research and practice, providing a conceptual and dimensional approach to NLD that is helpful to both clinical and educational practitioners, as well as researchers. While acknowledging the lack of consensus on the concept of NLD and its validity as a diagnostic entity, the authors propose a set of diagnostic criteria based on the available evidence. They provide a comprehensive assessment protocol and in-depth discussion of intervention targets and strategies, together with case studies. This seminal work--which challenges current categorical approaches in clinical, psychiatric, and educational taxonomies--takes an essential step forward in reconceptualizing neurodevelopmental disorders. --Rosemary Tannock, PhD, Senior Scientist, Neurosciences and Mental Health Research Program, Research Institute of The Hospital for Sick Children; and Professor Emerita, University of Toronto, Canada