Clinical neuropsychology is a specialty branch of psychology that applies principles of assessment and treatment underpinned by the scientific study of human behavior as it relates to the functioning of the central nervous system. Experts in this field are Clinical Neuropsychologists.
Clinical neuropsychologists assess and treat people with brain disorders that affect memory, learning, attention, language, reading, problem-solving and decision-making.
Clinical neuropsychologists require advanced skills and knowledge in:
of patients that may have any kind of medical, neurological or psychiatric conditions, or any other cognitive disorders.
The tasks of a neuropsychologist may include:
• Performing neuropsychological tests
• Investigating patient history
• Making qualitative observations and decisions on neuroimaging and other diagnostic medical reports and procedures
Clinical neuropsychology requires a comprehensive knowledge in the fields of neurobiology, neuropathology, psychopharmacology, and neuroanatomy.
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Clinical neuropsychologists have advanced skills in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning of disorders and contexts across the lifespan. Clinical neuropsychologists are trained to understand the cognitive, emotional and behavioural effects of a wide range of brain conditions including:
- Sports Injury
- Toxic poisoning
- Cortical dysplasia
- Posttraumatic stress disorder
- Mental health issues
Expert witnesses in this field are often required to provide an opinion on cognitive capacity and impairment. Alternatively experts in clinical neuropsychology may provide an opinion in the event of medical malpractice, which in some cases might be concerning with misdiagnosis or patient neglect.
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