Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) In Clinical Psychology Program
Concentration in Neuropsychology
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Clinical Neuropsychology is a recognized specialty area within the field of psychology that focuses on the applied science of brain-behavior relationships. Utilizing their thorough understanding of how various internal and external factors impact brain functioning, clinical neuropsychologists evaluate and treat individuals across the lifespan with a variety of known or suspected neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental, and psychiatric problems. It is one of the fastest growing specialty areas within the field of psychology, with opportunities available across multiple settings and populations.
MSPP offers a pre-doctoral concentration in Neuropsychology that consists of core neuropsychology coursework, a minimum of two year-long clinical placements at approved neuropsychology field placement sites, and a Doctoral Project in an area relevant to neuropsychology. The Neuropsychology concentration provides students with a breadth of experience, knowledge and skills to meet the demands of this exciting specialty field of study. The Neuropsychology concentration is in compliance with the Houston conference guidelines for training students in neuropsychology and is meant to fulfill eventual coursework requirements for board certification in clinical neuropsychology (i.e., ABPP-CN).
Current doctoral students apply to the Neuropsychology concentration by the end of the first year and formally begin the concentration at the beginning of their second year.
Minimum of 2 placements (3 recommended) will be at neuropsychology-focused sites, one at the practicum level and one at the internship level. Training at the practicum level should focus on developing the foundational skills in neuropsychological assessment (e.g., test administration and scoring). Training at the internship level should occur at a site where at least 51% of the training experience will be in Neuropsychology and should focus on advanced skills in neuropsychological evaluation (e.g., case formulation, report writing). A fifth year APA internship is strongly recommended at a site where at least 51% of the training experience will be in Neuropsychology.
Students completing the Neuropsychology concentration will be required to complete an empirical (quantitative or qualitative) doctoral project germane to the specialty field of Neuropsychology. It is recommended that at least one of their doctoral project committee members be a practicing neuropsychologist.
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