Wilfred Van Gorp: What Is Neuropsychology?

Licensed in New York, Illinois, and California, Dr. Wilfred Van Gorp is the director of the Center for Cognitive Assessment, which has branches in Manhattan and Chicago. Wilfred Van Gorp, PhD, possesses more than 20 years of experience in neuropsychology, including directorships at the nation’s top universities.

Neuropsychology is the study of how the brain and nervous system affect psychological processes and behaviors. It often is associated with clinical work, because neuropsychologists combine the work of neuroscience and psychology to understand and treat a wide variety of psychological conditions. These conditions include learning disorders, such as ADD and ADHD, dyslexia, autism, and cognitive impairment.

Unlike clinical and school psychologists, neuropsychologists use the results of psychological tests to understand how the brain of the person being evaluated is functioning. For a neuropsychologist, it is not sufficient merely to acknowledge that a child has a learning disorder; it is vital to understand why the learning disorder exists in the first place. The extensive training to pursue a path in neuropsychology is required to truly reap the benefits of a neuropsychological evaluation.

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Wilfred Van Gorp, PhD: The Line Between Good and Great Wine

Wilfred Van Gorp, PhD, served as professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of Neuropsychology for Columbia University; he also directed the Neuropsychology Assessment Program at Cornell University’s Weill Medical College. In his free time, he enjoys tasting, and examining the finer qualities of, wines.

Many wine aficionados debate the characteristics that make up good versus great wines. The easiest way to distinguish them from each other is the price. Great wines come in small quantities but carry large price tags, especially when it comes to supply and demand for popular vintages. In contrast, good wines offer a balanced taste, usually run no more than $40 per bottle, and are widely available.

Out-of-reach prices—coupled with the difficulty of acquiring great ones when their popularity soars—often make good wines more attractive to consumers, and especially novices. Would you rather pay over $100 a bottle for something you might not enjoy, or choose a more affordable bottle that you would likely enjoy more because the price made a smaller dent on your wallet? Consider also that many great wines might only be considered as such because of their status.

All wine enthusiasts owe it to themselves to try wines from both tiers. Great vintages can be considered an indulgence, while good bottles can serve for any occasion.

Dr. Wilfred Van Gorp Discusses “Good” vs. “Great” Wines: Part 2

Dark red wine in a glassAs opposed to “crowd pleasers,” wines that nearly any palate can appreciate, truly incredible and more often than not, rare wines come at a premium, due to limited bottling runs, age, or historical value. Although one could easily name a host of incredible wines from France, Italy, Spain, the United States, or any of the world’s other wine-producing regions, I have chosen to spotlight a few examples from a wine-centric dinner party I had the pleasure of attending.

Some guests began with a 2002 F.X. Pichler Smaragd Dürnsteiner Kellerberg Grüner Veltliner from Austria, an assertive white with excellent minerality and a bright finish. Moving on, we opened a 2004 M. Chapoutier L’Ermite from the France’s Rhône Valley, as well as a bottle of 1978 Remoissenet Père & Fils Richebourg. This delectable Burgundian red is 100 percent pinot noir and hails from the Côte de Nuits. Paired wonderfully with the meal, we enjoyed two grand cru Burgundies, a 2001 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Musigny, and a 2001 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Bonnes-Mares. Another stand out bottle to compliment dinner, the 1989 Haut-Brion truly encapsulated modern Bordeaux style at its best. What distinguishes these wines as “great?” I doubt that any person asked would provide the same answer. Even so, when every element of a wine’s character from nose to finish holds in balance, that wine likely deserves recognition as excellent in every regard.

About the Author: 

With nearly three decades of experience in his field, Wilfred Van Gorp, PhD, currently serves as an Adjunct Professor/Faculty at Fordham University, New York Medical College, and Argosy University.

Dr. Wilfred van Gorp, Ph.D.: Chicago’s Jeremy Quinn is Food and Wine Top Sommelier of 2012

Longtime wine aficionado Wilfred Van Gorp, PhD, is no stranger to the national wine scene.  As the director for the Center for Cognitive Assessment in Chicago, Dr. Wilfred Van Gorp shares the city with some of the nation’s finest sommeliers, including Jeremy Quinn, who recently was recognized by Food and Wine as a top sommelier of 2012.

A champion of naturally produced wine from small, family-owned wineries, Jeremy Quinn was introduced to wine as a teenager while on academic sabbatical in Paris. He is most well-known in the Chicago area for developing the wine list for Webster Wine Bar, as well as the Bluebird and Telegraph restaurants. Food and Wine magazine selected Quinn as a top sommelier because of his enthusiasm for natural, European wines. According to Quinn, wines made without chemicals lead connoisseurs to discover new flavors in previously understood terroirs. More information about Quinn and the Telegraph restaurant can be found online at telegraphchicago.com.

Dr. Wilfred van Gorp, Ph.D.: the Center for Cognitive Assessment

Under the direction of Dr. Wilfred van Gorp, clinicians at the Center for Cognitive Assessment provide a wide range of neuropsychological evaluations for individuals with medical, psychiatric, and neurological conditions.

Autism is one of the center’s many focuses. It specializes in the evaluation and treatment of autism, a developmental disorder characterized by deficits in communication, cognition, behavior, and social skills. Just as no two snowflakes are alike, no two people with autism share the exact same traits. Effective diagnosis is critical to the academic and social success of the individual.

The clinicians that work under Dr. Wilfred van Gorp assess and develop a specialized treatment plan that meets the individual needs of the client. They have a network of specialists that they collaborate with on treatments for their patients.

Dr. Wilfred Van Gorp Discusses “Good” vs. “Great” Wines: Part 1

In an article published online by Food & Wine, writer Lettie Teague delves into the conundrum of “good” versus “great” wines, a subject that clinical neuropsychologist Wilfred Van Gorp, PhD, also finds fascinating. Here, Dr. Van Gorp offers his perspective on a topic that will intrigue oenophiles everywhere.

For the wine connoisseur in search of perfection, or at least the closest thing to it, the acquisition of a deliciously drinkable bottle could certainly qualify as work, albeit work of the most pleasurable nature. Due to a worldwide glut of growers and producers, as well as recent technological and scientific advancements that have asserted a noteworthy influence on viticulture practices, one can easily find a decent selection of reds and whites for less than $25. The characteristics that separate a good wine from a great wine are debatable, but most oenophiles would agree that balance and structure each play considerable roles in this qualitative form of comparison.

When wine enthusiasts speak about balance, they usually reference proportions of fruit to tannin, with elements like acidity, minerality, and terroir also coming up in conversation. Categorizing a great wine, however, tends to become slightly more complex, as judgment standards hinge heavily on several key factors. The status of a winemaker, expert opinion on whether a particular vintage went from vine to barrel or bottle during an exceptional harvest season, and the price of the wine itself all contribute to reputation.

Wilfred van Gorp on Board Certification from the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology

Incorporated as a member of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in 1981, the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) is a procedural organization that offers medical professionals the opportunity to obtain board certification in the field of neuropsychology. In 2005, the organization adopted an advanced, standardized training model in an effort to keep pace with new developments and expansions in the field of neuropsychology and various neuropsychology-related sciences. Medical professionals who obtain board certification by passing the stringent evaluation possess evidence of true competency in the field of neuropsychology, a distinction that may benefit them throughout their careers. For neuropsychologists who do not pass the evaluation, retesting is allowed, and study groups and other programs are made available to assist those interested in taking the test again.

About the Author:
A clinical psychologist, writer, and college professor, Wilfred van Gorp, PhD, currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Argosy University in Chicago. In addition to possessing diplomate status from the American Board of Professional Psychology, Dr. Gorp holds board certification from the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology.