What Is A Clinical Neuropsychologist?

 

Clinical neuropsychology is a specialty field within clinical psychology. A clinical neuropsychologist is an independent, professional, doctoral level psychologist who provides assessment and intervention services to people of all ages using the scientific knowledge base of clinical neuropsychology.

Training in clinical neuropsychology includes a foundation in clinical psychology, as well as specialized training and experience in clinical neuropsychology. Training and preparation in clinical neuropsychology includes

  1. Completion of a doctoral degree in psychology from an accredited university training program,
  2. Completion of formal course work in the areas of neuroscience, neurology, brain / behavior relationships
  3. An internship in a clinically relevant area of professional psychology
  4. The equivalent of two years of supervised, clinical training providing neuropsychology services, and
  5. State licensure to practice psychology and clinical neuropsychology independently.

Attainment of the ABCN/ABPP Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology (i.e., board certification) is the clearest evidence of competence as a clinical neuropsychologist, assuring that all of these criteria have been met.

 

What is Assessed For Adults

A typical neuropsychological evaluation will involve assessment of the following:

  • General intellect
  • Higher level executive skills (e.g., sequencing, reasoning, problem solving)
  • Attention and concentration
  • Learning and memory
  • Language
  • Visual—spatial skills (e.g., perception)
  • Motor and sensory skills
  • Mood and personality

Some abilities may be measured in more detail than others, depending on your needs.

What Is Assessed for Pediatrics?

A typical neuropsychological evaluation of a school-age child may assess these areas:

  • General intellect
  • Achievement skills, such as reading and math
  • Executive skills, such as organization, planning, inhibition, and flexibility
  • Attention Learning and memory
  • Language Visual—spatial skills
  • Motor coordination Behavioral and emotional functioning
  • Social skills

Some abilities may he measured in more detail than others, depending on the child’s needs. A detailed developmental history and data from the child’s teacher may also he obtained. Observing your child to understand his or her motivation, cooperation, and behavior is a very important part of the evaluation. Emerging skills can be assessed in very young children. However, the evaluation of infants and preschool children is usually shorter in duration, because the child has not yet developed many skills.

 

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

 

  • Neuropsychological Evaluation
  • Reporting & Reccomendations
  • Treatment Plans