Executive Function Challenges: How to Turn a Can't into a Can

Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 8:00a.m. - 11:15a.m.

This presentation will discuss the importance of executive functions in regulating emotions and behavior. It will highlight how executive functions are essential skills that we use in our daily lives, but often take for granted. The development of executive functions from infancy to adulthood are explored with different skills peaking at various developmental stages.

The course will emphasize that adverse environmental circumstances can hinder the growth of executive functions and addresses the challenges faced by children with delayed executive function skills, including social and academic difficulties. We will discuss promising interventions and programs aimed at fostering executive functions, such as computerized programs, classroom curricula, cognitive behavior training, and mindfulness practices.


Kristin S. Knapp-Ines, PhD

Kristin Knapp-Ines, PhD, BCBA-D
 is a licensed clinical psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst specializing in autism specific assessment and individual, family, and group therapy for children with autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families. She works at the Verrecchia Outpatient Clinic at Bradley Hospital and has been appointed to the position of clinical assistant professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Dr. Knapp-Ines has three decades of experience implementing interventions with children with significant emotional and behavior challenges. She emphasizes the role of executive function deficits in triggering challenging behaviors in children with neurodevelopmental difficulties. As a former faculty member at the State University of New York, she developed and taught graduate level courses on behavior assessment and behavior change, supervised psychology graduate students at a diagnostic training clinic and was involved in outcome-based research. Dr. Knapp-Ines has presented extensively on topics related to executive functions, positive behavior support and coping strategies and has provided consulting services to families, school districts, educational organizations, and medical providers. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Tübingen in Germany and serves on the New York State Board for Applied Behavior Analysis. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe specific behavior challenges that typically underlie executive function delays.
  2. Identify characteristics of effective intervention programs.
  3. Illustrate the far-reaching positive effects well-developed executive function skills have across all facets of an individual’s life.


  • Target audience: psychologists, physicians, social workers and other interested health care professionals
  • 3.0 CE hours/credits (see below) 


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Credit Details

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education.  
Rhode Island Hospital designates this activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Rhode Island Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

CEUs for this event have been submitted, pending approval by the National Board for Social Work (NASW), designating this activity for a maximum of 3.0 continuing education credits for certified counselors, marriage, and family therapists.

Bradley Conference is designed to provide education for psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech/language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals who work with children, adolescents, or adults. Topics address different behavioral health populations and treatment modalities and are intended to provide practical, state-of-the-art information.

Bradley Hospital’s clinical expertise, internationally renowned research, and academic affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University make the hospital a unique resource in all areas of behavioral health care. We have designed a wide range of learning experiences to provide the training that behavioral health care professionals need to stay at the forefront of their fields.

There is no known commercial support for this program.

Location Information

All sessions in this series will be held virtually.