Applies theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Counseling and Mental Health Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Conducts neuropsychological evaluations such as assessments of intelligence, academic ability, attention, concentration, sensorimotor function, language, learning, and memory.
- Writes or prepares detailed clinical neuropsychological reports, using data from psychological or neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct observations, or interviews.
- Diagnoses and treats 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.
- Interviews patients to obtain comprehensive medical histories.
- Establishes neurobehavioral baseline measures for monitoring progressive cerebral disease or recovery.
- Diagnoses and treats psychiatric populations for conditions such as somatoform disorder, dementias, and psychoses.
- Reads current literature, talks with colleagues, and participates in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in neuropsychology.
- Diagnoses and treats neural and psychological conditions in medical and surgical populations, such as patients with early dementing illness or chronic pain with a neurological basis.
- Distinguishes between psychogenic and neurogenic syndromes, two or more suspected etiologies of cerebral dysfunction, or between disorders involving complex seizures.
- Diagnoses and treats pediatric populations for conditions such as learning disabilities with developmental or organic bases.