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.
What they do:
Assess and diagnose patients with neurobehavioral problems related to acquired or developmental disorders of the nervous system, such as neurodegenerative disorders, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, and learning disabilities. Recommend treatment after diagnosis, such as therapy, medication, or surgery. Assist with evaluation before and after neurosurgical procedures, such as deep brain stimulation.
On the job, you would:
Compare patients' progress before and after pharmacologic, surgical, or behavioral interventions.
Conduct neuropsychological evaluations such as assessments of intelligence, academic ability, attention, concentration, sensorimotor function, language, learning, and memory.
Consult with other professionals about patients' neurological conditions.
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You might use software like this on the job:
Analytical or scientific software
IBM SPSS Statistics
Patient electronic medical record EMR software
The Tova Company Test of Variables of Attention
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