Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists

Human Services > Counseling & Mental Health Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

1600+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.

Common job titles of Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists include:
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Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 92.31% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.

  • 7.69% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.

Tasks

    Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in neuropsychology.

    Conduct neuropsychological evaluations such as assessments of intelligence, academic ability, attention, concentration, sensorimotor function, language, learning, and memory.

    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.

    Interview patients to obtain comprehensive medical histories.

    Write or prepare detailed clinical neuropsychological reports, using data from psychological or neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct observations, or interviews.

    Design or implement rehabilitation plans for patients with cognitive dysfunction.

    Consult with other professionals about patients' neurological conditions.

    Diagnose and treat pediatric populations for conditions such as learning disabilities with developmental or organic bases.

    Diagnose and treat psychiatric populations for conditions such as somatoform disorder, dementias, and psychoses.

    Establish neurobehavioral baseline measures for monitoring progressive cerebral disease or recovery.

    Educate and supervise practicum students, psychology interns, or hospital staff.

    Provide education or counseling to individuals and families.

    Compare patients' progress before and after pharmacologic, surgical, or behavioral interventions.

    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.

    Distinguish between psychogenic and neurogenic syndromes, two or more suspected etiologies of cerebral dysfunction, or between disorders involving complex seizures.

    Identify and communicate risks associated with specific neurological surgical procedures, such as epilepsy surgery.

    Participate in educational programs, in-service training, or workshops to remain current in methods and techniques.

    Conduct research on neuropsychological disorders.

    Diagnose and treat conditions such as chemical dependency, alcohol dependency, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) dementia, and environmental toxin exposure.

    Provide psychotherapy, behavior therapy, or other counseling interventions to patients with neurological disorders.

Tools

Wisconsin Card Sorting Test

Visual stimulation test equipment

Skin conductance testing equipment

Respiration measurement equipment

Pocket smell tests

Photocopying equipment

Personal computers

All Tools

Pegboards

Laser facsimile machines

Laptop computers

Grip testing devices

Facial electromyography equipment

Desktop computers

Computer laser printers

Block pattern sets

Auditory stimulation equipment

Technologies

IBM SPSS Statistics

Automated Neuropsychological Metric Assessments Battery

Behavioral Assessment and Research System BARS

BrainMetric The Category Test

BrainTrain Captain’s Log

CogniSyst Computerized Assessment of Response Bias CARB

Conners’ Continuous Performance Test II

All Technologies

Interactive psychological evaluation software

MicroCog Assessment of Cognitive Functioning

Noldus Information Technology The Observer

Patient electronic medical record EMR software

Psychological testing software

Scheduling software

The Tova Company Test of Variables of Attention

Skills

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Science

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Mathematics

Using mathematics to solve problems.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Abilities

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

Identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.

Cognitive Abilities › Perceptual Abilities › Flexibility of Closure

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas

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