JOY H. WYMER, PH.D.
Neuropsychologist/Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Assistant Professor, MUSC Neurology
SC License #: 986


Education

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology (2006)
Specialty: Neuropsychology.

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Internship in Clinical Psychology (2004)
Specialty: Neuropsychology, Behavioral Medicine

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Doctorate of Philosophy (2004)
Specialty: Neuropsychology
Subspecialties: Behavioral Neurology & Communication Disorders
Dissertation: Psychological and Neuropsychological Correlates of Postconcussional Disorder

The Citadel, Charleston, SC
Master of Arts (1999)
Specialty: School Psychology

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Bachelor of Science (1996), Graduated Cum Laude
Major 1: Psychology
Major 2: Modern Foreign Languages – Russian


Clinical Experience

Tidewater Neuropsychology, Private Practice (December 2005 – present)
Independent Medical Evaluations; clinical evaluations and treatment planning for children through older adults with various diagnoses and mental health problems including traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, cerebrovascular disorders, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other neurological or psychiatric issues.

Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Neurology, Assistant Professor (January 2008 – present)
Neuropsychological evaluation of adults with various neurological and psychiatric conditions.

Medical University of South Carolina, Alzheimer’s Research and Clinical Programs (August 2005 – October 2007)
Central Research Coordinator for center grant studying the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in southern African Americans.

Psychological Associates (February 2005 – December 2005)
Neuropsychological and psychological diagnostic evaluations and treatment planning for adults, older adults, adolescents, and children in the community.

Medical University of South Carolina, Neuropsychology Clinic, Counseling and Psychological Services, & Weight Management Center, Clinical Psychology Internship (February 2004 – July 2004)
• Outpatient and inpatient adult and child neuropsychological and psychological evaluations. Referrals were varied and included patients with Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementias, epileptic versus non-epileptic seizures, Parkinson’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, and normal age-related decline. Diagnoses included social/emotional problems, toxin exposure, head trauma, cerebrovascular disease, and malingering. Child referrals included Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, learning disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disorders.
• Diagnostic evaluations and psychotherapy for medical students. Problems included adjustment disorders, social phobia, sexual dysfunction, hypochondriasis, PTSD, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, and eating disorders.
• Individual psychotherapy for weight loss; led a group for weight management and instructed on empirically supported weight loss strategies; psychological assessment of pre-gastric bypass surgical candidates.

Family Therapy Clinic, Baton Rouge (August 2001 – July 2003)
Neuropsychological and psychological outpatient assessments for individuals with academic, attentional, and neurologic disorders (e.g., traumatic brain injury, cerebrovascular illness, psychiatric illness, chronic substance abuse, learning disabilities, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). Independent Medical Evaluations & several class action suits:

• Psychological assessment of litigants exposed to a train wreck in Scary Creek, WVA (Summer 2002)
• Neuropsychological and follow-up psychological assessment of litigants exposed to ethylene dichloride in Sulfur, LA (Spring & Summer 2001)
• Neuropsychological assessment of litigants exposed to chlorine gas (Spring 2000)

Neuropsychology Practicum Team, Senior Supervising Student (May 2001-July 2003)
Education of students in psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessment and relevant theory; supervised students in clinical assessment, treatment, report writing, and research; prepared assessment packages for several large scale disaster class action law suits.

Earl K. Long Medical Center, Neuropsychology Clinic (June 2000 – August 2002)
Neuropsychological assessments for a population of low-income adult and adolescent outpatients in a charity hospital setting.

Gros Psychological Services (October 2001 – July 2002)
State ordered disability determination assessments for children and adults.

Baton Rouge Mental Health Center (September 2001 – August 2002)
Psychotherapy with adults with mood and/or anxiety disorders. Co-led a closed anxiety group for clients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Louisiana State University, Department of Social Work, Death Penalty Investigations (January 2001 – August 2001)
Neuropsychological evaluation of men on death row.

Earl K. Long Medical Center, Pediatric Psychology & Behavior Clinic (September 1999 – July 2001)
Assessment and treatment of pediatric outpatients and medical inpatients.

Greenwell Springs Hospital, Spring House (August 1999 – August 2000)
Psychological treatment of adolescent female residents in the custody of the State of Louisiana, Office of Community Service. Assessment and treatment for residents with learning, attention, and emotional disorders, co-led a sexual abuse group, and participated in staff training and program development.

Medical University of South Carolina, Psychological Assessment Center (August 1997-July 1999)
Psychological, psychoeducational, and neuropsychological assessment of children, adults, and older adults

Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Detention Home (April 1996-May 1997)
Supervised detained children. Counseled children on their legal situations and personal issues.

Citizens Against Sexual Assault (CASA), (1996-1997)
Offered crisis intervention/emotional support, facilitated problem-solving, and provided information to sexual assault victims, families, and friends.

Staunton Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (January 1995 – May 1996)
Provided supervision for juveniles on court ordered probation. Counseled children with behavior disorders and assisted in family mediation. Aided the Court in preparing social histories and developing treatment plans for juveniles and their families.


Research Experience

A Randomized, Triple-Blind, Phase 2 Pilot Study Comparing 3 Different Doses of MDMA in Conjunction with Manualized Psychotherapy in 16 Veterans with Chronic Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (March 2011 – present)
Independent Rater; Consultant.

A Phase 1 Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Crossover Study to Assess Psychological Effects of MDMA when Administered to Healthy Volunteers (September 2010 – present)
Independent Rater.

A Randomized Blinded Phase II Clinical Trial Testing the Safety and Efficacy of 3,4-MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy in Subjects with Chronic PTSD, Mt. Pleasant, SC (January 2004 – September 2008)
Unblinded Randomization Monitor.

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, Alzheimer’s Research and Clinical Programs, Jacobo Mintzer, M.D., Supervisors (August 2004 – October 2007)
Study of progression of Alzheimer’s disease and neuropsychological correlates in African Americans from the rural south.

University of South Carolina, Columbia, Senior Primary Care Practice, Consultant (July 2006 – February 2007)
Coordination of a neuropsychological battery to evaluate cognitive functioning in asymptomatic and symptomatic elderly subjects who drive. Training of student psychometrists.

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston (August 2003 – July 2004)
Grant preparation on the effects of premorbid IQ on conversion from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to Alzheimer’s disease. Analyzed a database of cognitive impaired individuals to quantify a neuropsychometric factor structure of MCI. Assisted in data collection and statistical analysis of neuropsychological functioning of patients with Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and nonepileptic seizures.

Louisiana State University, Psychological Services Center (May 2002 – July 2003)
Designing, collecting data, and performing statistical analyses to determine the effects of mild brain trauma, postconcussion symptoms, and stress on complex attention and psychological distress. Other research projects included further standardization of the d2 Test of Attention and profiling malingerers.

Medical University of South Carolina, PI: Charles Kelner, M.D. (1998 – 1999)
Scheduled and tested severely depressed patients receiving electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Patients were tested before ECT and periodically throughout the treatment to examine the effects of ECT on depression, short and long term memory, and other cognitive functioning.

Medical University of South Carolina, PI: Susan Rhodes, Ph.D. (1998 – 1999)
Subject acquisition and testing for continuation of a study on sleep apnea. Children with sleep apnea were tested to determine the effects of their disordered sleep on cognitive functioning.

The Citadel, Charleston, SC, Department of Psychology (1998 – 1999)
Designing, collecting data, and performing statistics on the effects of race and socioeconomic status on mock juror decisions.


Publications

Wagner, M.T., Wymer, J.H., Carlozzi, N.E., Bachman, D., Walker, A., & Mintzer, J.E. (in press). Preliminary examination of progression of Alzheimer’s disease in a rural southern African American cohort. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Wymer, J.H., Barkemeyer, C.A., Jones, G.N., & Callon, E.B. (2006). Validation of the Barkemeyer-Callon-Jones Malingering Detection Scale. American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry, 24, 33-43.

Wymer, J.H., Wagner, M.T., Bachman, D, & Mintzer, J.E. (2005). Accuracy of WTAR predictions for older African Americans from the rural south [Abstract]. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 20, 916.

Wymer, J.H., Wagner, M.T., Bachman, D, & Mintzer, J.E. (2005). Do current BNT norms generalize to older African Americans from the rural south? [Abstract]. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 20, 915.

Wagner, M.T., Wymer, J.H., Topping, K.B., & Pritchard, P.B. (2005). Use of the Personality Assessment Inventory as an efficacious and cost effective diagnostic tool for nonepileptic seizures. Epilepsy and Behavior, 7, 301-304.

Wagner, M.T.,Wymer, J.H., Teichner, G., & Bachman, D.L. (2004). Diagnostic challenges of using CSF assay of tau and beta-amyloid(42) in atypical degenerative dementias of the Alzheimer type and mild cognitive impairment of the Alzheimer’s type. Dementia Review Series, 4, 25-26.

Wagner, M.T. & Wymer, J.H. (2004). Challenges associated with the preclinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in a 57-year-old with mild cognitive impairment [Abstract]. International Neuropsychological Society. 32nd Annual Meeting. Program and Abstracts. Columbus, OH: INS.

Wymer, J.H., Rayls, K., & Wagner, M.T. (2003). Utility of a clinically derived abbreviated form of the WAIS-III. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 18, 917-927.

Wymer, J.H., Lindman, L.S., & Gouvier, W.D. (2003). d2 Test of Attention: A recoding of the “standard” scores and further normative information [Abstract]. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 18, 757.

Barkmeyer, C.A., Wymer, J.H., Jones, G.N., & Callon, E.B. (2003). The Barkemeyer-Callon-Jones Malingering Detection Scale (MDS): Further validation of an objective measure of malingering behavior [Abstract]. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 18, 780.

Wymer, J.H., Lindman, L.S., & Booksh, R.L. (2002). A neuropsychological perspective of aprosody: Features, function, assessment, and treatment. Applied Neuropsychology, 9, 37-47.

Sytsma, S.E., Kelley, M.L., & Wymer, J.H. (2001). Development and initial validation of the Child Routines Inventory. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 23, 241-251.

Wymer, J.H., & Kelley, M.L. (2002). Review of the Children’s Personality Questionnaire. In M. L. Kelley (Ed.), AABT clinical assessment series: Practitioner’s guide to empirically based measures of children’s school based behavior problems. New York: Plenum.

Wymer, J.H., & Kelley, M.L. (2002). Review of the Piers-Harris Self Concept Scale. In M. L. Kelley (Ed.), AABT clinical assessment series: Practitioner’s guide to empirically based measures of children’s school based behavior problems. New York: Plenum.


Presentations & Posters

Wymer, J.H. (August, 2009). Identifying Your Catch: What are some of the tests being done to indicate Alzheimer’s, early signs and what to look for, how to know what type of dementia. Symposium presented at the 17th Annual Educational Symposium of the Alzheimer’s Association. West Columbia, SC.

Wymer, J.H. (August, 2009). Neuropsychological Evaluation of Dementia: Differential Diagnosis, Assessment Tools, Case Study. Symposium presented at the 17th Annual Educational Symposium of the Alzheimer’s Association – Educational Breakfast for Physicians, Pharmacists, and Nurse Practioners. Columbia, SC.

Mintzer, J.E., Wymer, J.H., Hulsey, T.C., Ebeling, M., Wagner, M.T., Stuckey, M., & Bachman, D. (July, 2006). A comparison of patterns of deterioration between African American and Caucasian Alzheimer’s patients. Poster session presented at the 10th International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. Madrid, Spain.

Wymer, J.H., Wagner, M.T., Bachman, D., & Mintzer, J. (October, 2004). Accuracy of WTAR predictions for older African Americans from the rural south. Poster session presented at the 25th annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Tampa, FL.

Wymer, J.H., Wagner, M.T., Bachman, D., & Mintzer, J. (October, 2004). Do current BNT norms generalize to older African Americans from the rural south? Poster session presented at the 25th annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Tampa, FL.

Wymer, J.H. & Wagner, M.T. (March, 2004). The varying factor structure of mild cognitive impairment as a function of premorbid IQ. Poster session presented at the first annual Aging Research Day. Charleston, SC.

Wagner, M.T. & Wymer, J.H. (February, 2004). Challenges associated with the preclinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in a 57-year-old with mild cognitive impairment. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society. Baltimore, MD.

Wymer, J.H., Lindman, L.S., & Gouvier, W.D. (October, 2003). d2 Test of Attention: A recoding of the “standard” scores and further normative information. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Dallas, TX.

Barkmeyer, C.A., Wymer, J.H., Jones, G.N., & Callon, E.B. (October, 2003). The Barkemeyer-Callon-Jones Malingering Detection Scale (MDS): Further validation of an objective measure of malingering behavior. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Dallas, TX.

Wymer, J.H. & Gouvier, W.D. (October, 2002). Poster twins: A profile of two malingerers. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Miami, FL.

LeBlanc, M.M., Huete, J.M., Self-Brown, S., Wymer, J.H., & Kelley, M.L. (March, 2001). The relationship of daily stress and health in adolescents. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Health Care Research, Santa Fe, NM. Hair, J.F., Jr., Weber, J.M., & Hoverstad, R. (Eds.), Advances in Health Care Research 2001 Proceedings (pp. 95-103).
*Paper chosen as best student paper for conference.

Sytsma, S. E., Kelley, M. L., Wymer, J. H., & Dillon, J. (2001, November). The Child Routines Inventory: Development and Initial Validation. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Philadelphia, PA.

Huete, J.M., LeBlanc, M.M., Self-Brown, S., Wymer, J.H., & Kelley, M.L. (November, 2000). The self-report of daily stressors in a sample of adolescents. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New Orleans, LA.

Rayls, K. R., Wymer, J. H., & Wagner, M. T. (1998, November). A clinically derived short form of the WAIS-III: Utility in a sample of young adults. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, Washington, DC.

Grayson, J., Turner, R. E., Weaver, J., Williams, D., & Wymer, J. H. (1997, April). STOP! In the name of love: Treatment outcome for spouses who batter. Symposium presented at the spring conference of the Virginia Psychological Association, Roanoke, VA.


Invited Lectures

June, 2010.  Medical University of SC, Psychiatry Residents’ Seminar. Neuropsychological Evaluation. 
June, 2009.  Medical University of SC, Psychiatry Residents’ Seminar. Neuropsychological Evaluation.
June, 2009.  Medical University of SC, Psychiatry Residents’ Seminar. Neuropsychological Evaluation.
May, 2008.  Alzheimer’s Association, Caregiver Group. Alzheimer’s Disease and the Neuropsychological Evaluation.
March, 2008.  Medical University of SC, Medical Residents’ Seminar. Neuropsychological Evaluation.


Guest Editorial Experience

Applied Neuropsychology
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Journal of Forensic Neuropsychology
Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Rehabilitation Psychology


Memberships in Professional Associations

National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN)
American Psychological Association (APA)
South Carolina Psychological Association (SCPA)


References

Mark T. Wagner, Ph.D.
Medical University of South Carolina
Department of Neurology
96 Jonathan Lucas St.
PO Box 250606, Charleston, SC 29425
(843) 792-6941
wagnermt@musc.edu

Margaret K. Greer, M.D.
Tidewater Executive Center
222 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC   29464
(843) 971-4772
mintzerj@musc.edu

Wm. Drew Gouvier, Ph.D.
Louisiana State University
236 Audubon Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-5501
(225) 578-1494
wgouvie@lsu.edu