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Congenital Heart Disease and Neurodevelopment - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128016404, 9780128017920

Congenital Heart Disease and Neurodevelopment

1st Edition

Understanding and Improving Outcomes

Editors: Christopher McCusker Frank Casey
eBook ISBN: 9780128017920
Paperback ISBN: 9780128016404
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 3rd May 2016
Page Count: 214
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Congenital Heart Disease and Neurodevelopment: Understanding and Improving Outcomes brings together the work of leading researchers from the U.K., Europe, and the U.S. to provide a comprehensive examination of the causes, risks, and neurodevelopmental and psychological outcomes in children with congenital heart disease. The book includes longitudinal studies which have tracked outcomes from birth through late childhood and explores the emergent phenotype and etiologies, risk, and protective factors that strengthen proposed models.

Medical and surgical advances have meant that greater numbers of children with even the most severe congenital heart disease (CHD) now survive well into adulthood. Studies over the past 20 years have suggested certain neurodevelopmental and psychological features are common, with clinical interventions being internationally articulated. The U.K. Belfast Center has developed and evaluated unique early intervention programs to circumvent the common problems discerned and promote optimal adjustment and outcomes. The first edition of Congenital Heart Disease and Neurodevelopment: Understanding and Improving Outcomes describes these programs in detail and outlines promising results obtained by researchers worldwide. Such interventions, together with the U.S. consensus statement (Circulation, 2012) on neurodevelopmental screening, hold great promise for clinical interventions.

Key Features

  • Features input from leading research experts in the field
  • Describes cutting-edge research on longitudinal studies that link neurodevelopmental phenotypes with cutting-edge neuroimaging studies
  • Discusses the first series of early intervention studies developed in Belfast targeted at key developmental transitions—birth and diagnosis, early childhood, and adolescence
  • Includes clinical implications and action points in each section
  • Features generalizable potential of interventions across other pediatric populations


Neuroscientists, neuropsychologists, psychologists, neurologists and cardiologists

Table of Contents

Part I: Hearts and Minds
1. Congenital Heart Disease: The Evolution of Diagnosis, Treatments and Outcomes
Frank Casey
2. Historical Perspectives in Pediatric Psychology and Congenital Heart Disease
Nichola Rooney

Part II: Towards a Neurodevelopmental Phenotype
3. A Longitudinal Study from Infancy to Adolescence of the Neurodevelopmental Phenotype Associated with d-Transposition of the Great Arteries
David C. Bellinger and Jane W. Newburger
4. Neurodevelopmental Patterns in Congenital Heart Disease across Childhood – Longitudinal Studies from Europe
Hedwig H. Hövels-Gürich and Christopher McCusker
5. An Emergent Phenotype: A Critical Review of Neurodevelopmental Outcomes for Complex Congenital Heart Disease Survivors During Infancy, Childhood, and Adolescence
Maria Kharitonova and Bradley S. Marino

Part III: Psychological profiles and processes
6. Is There a Behavioural Phenotype for Children with Congenital Heart Disease?
Christopher McCusker and Frank Casey
7. A Family Affair
Nicola Doherty and Elisabeth Utens
8. The Adult with Congenital Heart Disease
Danielle Emily Katz, Maria Chaparro and Adrienne Kovacs

Part IV: Interventions
9. The Congenital Heart Disease Intervention Programme (CHIP) and Interventions in Infancy
Nicola Doherty and Christopher McCusker
10. Growing up - Interventions in Childhood
Christopher McCusker
11. Healthy Teenagers and Adults – An Activity Intervention
Margaret Louise Morrison and Frank Casey
12. Conclusions and Future Directions for Neurodevelopmental Research and Interventions in Congenital Heart Disease
Christopher McCusker


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About the Editors

Christopher McCusker

Christopher McCusker

After attaining a first class honours and PhD in Psychology from The Queen’s University of Belfast Christopher McCusker completed his Clinical Psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London in 1991. Since that time he has combined clinical practice with leading the Doctoral programme for Clinical Psychology training in Northern Ireland and with research related to his clinical interests. He has been chair of the professional body for Clinical Psychology in Northern Ireland and had led on developments in training standards for the profession within the UK.

For the past 15 years his research has focused on understanding the determinants of outcomes for children with chronic illness and their families. This has been across pediatric specialisms including acquired brain injury, epilepsy, neurodevelopmental disorders and congenital heart disease. He has authored numerous publications in these domains and, most importantly, has translated knowledge of risk and protective factors into new progams of early psychological interventions to promote resilience in these children and their families. In this book he presents the Congenital Heart disease Intervention Progam (CHIP) which is the first of such programs internationally for these children and their families.

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Frank Casey

Frank Casey

Dr. Frank Casey is Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist at The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Child Health at Queen’s University, Belfast.

He trained In Paediatric Cardiology in Belfast and at The Hospital for Sick Children Toronto.

Dr. Casey is the Clinical Lead for the newly developed All-Ireland Paediatric Cardiology Network. He is also the Chairperson of The Psychosocial Working group of The Association for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology.

For more than 20 years he has led a research program in Belfast focused on the Biophysical, Neurodevelopmental and Psychosocial outcome for children with congenital heart disease. This work has pioneered interventional programs to modify lifestyle behaviors in children treated for congenital heart disease including the landmark Congenital Heart Disease Intervention Program described in this book. He has many publications from that research program and is recognized as an International leader in this area of work.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant in Paediatric Cardiology, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

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