Forefront Faculty Feature J DeB B i e VOGeL asdeep S. Hundal, PsyD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and director of neuropsychology at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. He holds a joint appointment in the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Departments of Medicine and Neurology as an assistant professor. degree of cognitive impact and which domains are affected, such as attention, memory or language. As a clinical neuropsychologist, Dr. Hundal explores cognitive impact on cancer patients in order to gain knowledge that can help with prognosis, validation of virtual reality-based systems for a single-point delivery of neurorehabilitation therapy. Dr. Hundal and colleagues recently published an article (House et al., British Journal of Pain, 2016) examining the use of a virtual reality-based system for cancer pain in patients who underwent a mastectomy and demonstrated improvements in pain, cognition, range of motion and depression. The team is looking to expand this research to a Phase ii clinical trial. Dr. Hundal also is involved with local and national organizations. He currently serves on the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s culture and Diversity committee, which works to increase the knowledge of diversity issues and to promote the inclusion and affirmation of diversity through science and human understanding. He is also fluent in english and several indian dialects including Punjabi and Hindi. I After treatment alternatives, and remediation of earning his doctoral degree cognitive difficulties. Dr. Hundal also helps in the evaluation of epilepsy, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and other complex diagnostic differentials and has been actively involved in the training of residents and fellows in neuropsychology, psychiatry and neurology. He also has interests in epilepsy surgery outcomes as well as applying neurorehabilitation principles to the treatment of individuals with acquired and neurodegenerative disorders. His treatment philosophy emphasizes a comprehensive integrative approach in the diagnosis and management of brain-based disorders, which fits well with the culture of integrative medicine at Rutgers cancer institute. Having a strong interest in clinical research, Dr. Hundal publishes on a range of topics within the field of neuropsychology, neurology, and neuro-oncology. His more recent work has focused on the development and in clinical psychology from Roosevelt University in chicago, Dr. Hundal completed a neuropsychology internship at the mount Sinai School of medicine in New york, followed by a neuropsychology residency and fellowship at the JFk-Johnson Rehabilitation institute’s center for Head injuries in edison, New Jersey. He was recruited to Rutgers cancer institute earlier this year from the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit to help launch and grow the cancer institute’s new Neuropsychology Program. Neuropsychology is a field of study that aims to understand how the brain influences behavior — in particular, how the abnormal brain impacts a person’s ability to do every day activities such as work, attend school, or function independently. cancer and cancer treatment can have an impact on cognition. Neuropsychology aims to understand the Having a strong interest in clinical research, Dr. Hundal publishes on a range of topics within the field of neuropsychology, neurology, and neurooncology. His more recent work has focused on the development and validation of virtual reality-based systems for a single-point delivery of neurorehabilitation therapy. is published by Rutgers cancer institute of New Jersey’s Office of communications and Public Affairs 195 Little Albany Street • New Brunswick New Jersey • 08903 Phone: 732- 235-7940 • cinj.org Director of communications and Public Affairs / executive editor: candace e. Botnick, mS managing editor / Writer: michele Fisher contributing Writer: mary Ann Littell cover Photo: Nick Romanenko Design: Barbara Walsh Graphic Design 6 I Cancer Connection I Autumn 2016