Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists

Apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.

Median Annual Wage: $92,110

Education: Post-doctoral training (94%); Doctoral degree (6%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Professor; Clinical Neuropsychologist; Neuropsychologist; Neuropsychology Service Director; Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists.

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  • Write or prepare detailed clinical neuropsychological reports using data from psychological or neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct observations, or interviews.
  • Diagnose and treat 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.
  • Interview patients to obtain comprehensive medical histories.
  • Establish neurobehavioral baseline measures for monitoring progressive cerebral disease or recovery.
  • Diagnose and treat psychiatric populations for conditions such as somatoform disorder, dementias, and psychoses.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in neuropsychology.
  • Diagnose and treat neural and psychological conditions in medical and surgical populations such as patients with early dementing illness or chronic pain with a neurological basis.
  • Distinguish between psychogenic and neurogenic syndromes, two or more suspected etiologies of cerebral dysfunction, or between disorders involving complex seizures.
  • Diagnose and treat pediatric populations for conditions such as learning disabilities with developmental or organic bases.
  • Provide education or counseling to individuals and families.
  • Participate in educational programs, in-service training, or workshops to remain current in methods and techniques.
  • Educate and supervise practicum students, psychology interns, or hospital staff.
  • Compare patients' progress before and after pharmacologic, surgical, or behavioral interventions.
  • Design or implement rehabilitation plans for patients with cognitive dysfunction.
  • Diagnose and treat conditions such as chemical dependency, alcohol dependency, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) dementia, and environmental toxin exposure.
  • Provide psychotherapy, behavior therapy, or other counseling interventions to patients with neurological disorders.
  • Identify and communicate risks associated with specific neurological surgical procedures such as epilepsy surgery.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists.

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists.

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