What does a Neuropsychologist and Clinical Neuropsychologist do?
Apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.
- Write or prepare detailed clinical neuropsychological reports using data from psychological or neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct observations, or interviews.
- Provide psychotherapy, behavior therapy, or other counseling interventions to patients with neurological disorders.
- Provide education or counseling to individuals and families.
- Participate in educational programs, in-service training, or workshops to remain current in methods and techniques.
- Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in neuropsychology.
- Interview patients to obtain comprehensive medical histories.
- Identify and communicate risks associated with specific neurological surgical procedures such as epilepsy surgery.
- Educate and supervise practicum students, psychology interns, or hospital staff.
- Diagnose and treat conditions such as chemical dependency, alcohol dependency, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) dementia, and environmental toxin exposure.
- Distinguish between psychogenic and neurogenic syndromes, two or more suspected etiologies of cerebral dysfunction, or between disorders involving complex seizures.
- Diagnose and treat neural and psychological conditions in medical and surgical populations such as patients with early dementing illness or chronic pain with a neurological basis.
- Design or implement rehabilitation plans for patients with cognitive dysfunction.
- Establish neurobehavioral baseline measures for monitoring progressive cerebral disease or recovery.
- Compare patients' progress before and after pharmacologic, surgical, or behavioral interventions.
- Diagnose and treat psychiatric populations for conditions such as somatoform disorder, dementias, and psychoses.
- Diagnose and treat conditions involving injury to the central nervous system such as cerebrovascular accidents, neoplasms, infectious or inflammatory diseases, degenerative diseases, head traumas, demyelinating diseases and various forms of dementing illnesses.
- Diagnose and treat pediatric populations for conditions such as learning disabilities with developmental or organic bases.
- Conduct neuropsychological evaluations such as assessments of intelligence, academic ability, attention, concentration, sensory-motor function, language, learning, and memory.