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Neuropsychology Certification

This track will help prepare the student to be able to function as an independent professional practitioner of clinical neuropsychology. It focuses on theories of brain function, competency in the administration and interpretation of neuropsychological tests, neuropsychological intervention, and rehabilitation/educational planning strategies. Consultation to neurological, neurosurgical, pediatricians, psychologists, and/or other medical specialties will be emphasized.

Interested students will submit a resume to determine eligibility for the concentration during the third year of training. Concentration eligibility will be decided upon by the Neuropsychology Training Committee.

Required Courses

  1. DPSY 538: Introduction to Neuropsychology
  2. 2. DPSY 566: Physiological Foundations of Behavior
  3. 3. DPSY 770: Introduction to Neuroanatomy
  4. 4. DPSY 771: Introduction to Neuropathology
  5. 5. DPSY 773: Advanced Interpretation of Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychology Battery
  6. 6. DPSY 775: Child Clinical Neuropsychology
  7. 7. DPSY 842: Psychopharmacology
  8. 8. DPSY 699: Advanced Clinical Neuropsychology
  9. 9. DPSY 863: Practicum in Neuropsychological Appraisal I
  10. 10. DPSY 864: Practicum in Neuropsychological Appraisal II
  11. 11. DPSY 865: Neuropsychology Case Conference

Internship

During the internship, students in the neuropsychology track will be placed in a setting where the primary focus is the practice of clinical neuropsychology (i.e., hospital, rehabilitation center, or private practice). The student will have the opportunity to administer and interpret neuropsychological tests, provide consultation to medical professionals, school personnel, and multidisciplinary teams, and practice intervention techniques across a variety of neuropathological conditions.

Supervision

Supervision will be provided by licensed psychologists working within the field of clinical neuropsychology.

Doctoral Dissertation

A research dissertation is required. An empirical study is preferred to maintain the convention of the field. The dissertation will be related, in whole or in part, to a topic in neuropsychology.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

A postdoctoral fellowship is required for obtaining a certificate in the neuropsychology track. Students apply for fellowship positions independently. The postdoctoral fellowship should meet APA, Division 40, and International Neuropsychological Society guidelines.

Certification

Upon completion of the doctorate and postdoctoral fellowship, the student will obtain a Certificate of Training in Clinical Neuropsychology. Students who complete the neuropsychology track will have met the requirements outlined by the APA, Division 40, and by the International Neuropsychological Society.

 

Core Competencies

 

Relationship

Ability to develop relationships with neuropsychologically involved patients and with members of different professional backgrounds in treatment teams. This is developed through lecture material and internship opportunities.

Assessment

Ability to perform a wide variety of neuropsychological assessment instruments coming from both fixed and process battery approaches; understanding of the clinical interview, neuropsychological consultation will also be addressed. Students will be evaluated through lecture, classroom practice, and testing requirements during their internship.

Intervention

Exploration of treatment modalities specific to neuropsychologically involved patients: psychotherapy, cognitive remediation, academic planning, and behavioral consultation. This is obtained through lectures and exposure in internship.

Research and Evaluation

Creation of empirical-based dissertation and review of primary source research in course work.

Consultation and Education

Skill development in consultation with and education of other professionals (physicians, psychologists, rehabilitation treatment teams, school personnel) as to the role of a clinical neuropsychologist and the value of professional work. This is developed through exposure in internship and classroom presentations.

Diversity

Appreciation of disabling conditions in the context of neuropsychological practice, as well as the role of cultural, racial, age and gender issues. This is obtained through course work and internship experiences.

Neuropsychology Assessment Center (NAC)

NAC provides training for Widener neuropsychology students, assessment, community education, and psychotherapy, especially for individuals with neuropsychological disorders. NAC is also a research center generating new findings to enhance scientific understanding of neuropsychological disorders.