Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists Career Video
Description: Apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to evaluate and diagnose disorders of higher cerebral functioning, often in research and medical settings. Study the human brain and the effect of physiological states on human cognition and behavior. May formulate and administer programs of treatment.
Neuropsychologists study the relationship between human behavior and the brain. They diagnose and treat a wide variety of conditions related to the central nervous system, whether due to disease, injury, or age-related brain changes. They also treat children with learning disabilities. Neuropsychologists may test a patient’s intelligence, concentration, or memory, and interview patients to learn their medical history. They write detailed reports that integrate their patient notes and test results, then coordinate with doctors and other healthcare professionals to set a plan for the patient to thrive. Neuropsychologists also teach and supervise students, interns, and other hospital staff. They conduct research and develop rehabilitation plans for patients recovering from, or adapting to, cognitive dysfunction. Clinical neuropsychologists provide psychotherapy, behavior therapy, and other counseling services to patients with neurological disorders or brain injuries. They diagnose and treat conditions such as chemical dependency, dementia, and exposure to environmental toxins. Neuropsychologists work in research facilities, colleges and universities, and rehabilitation centers. Most positions require a Ph.D. in a neuropsychology related field. Licensure and certification are required for some positions.