02| Neuropsychology for Non-Neuropsychologists – an Overview of the Field

This week’s episode is meant for non-neuropsychologists, but neuropsychologists and trainees might enjoy hearing how we introduce the field.  We introduce and talk about what neuropsychology is and what neuropsychologists do.  Content includes:

  • A very brief history of the field
  • Clinical neuropsychology compared to research neuropsychology
  • Pediatric neuropsychology compared to adult neuropsychology
  • The training required to become a neuropsychologist
  • Similarities and differences between neuropsychology and related fields
  • Conditions for which patients see clinical neuropsychologists and how neuropsychologists can help them
  • Settings where neuropsychologists work
  • The nuts and bolts of a neuropsychological evaluation – from a patient’s perspective and from a neuropsychologist’s perspective
  • How to find a neuropsychologist for yourself or a family member
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2 Comments

  1. This is good, enjoyed listening. One gentle suggestion – the mention of psychometrists, who in most clinics, actually do the cognitive testing would be worthwhile. We are trained and supervised my neuropsychologists to collect the cognitive test data which then aids the neuropsychologist in making a diagnosis, much like a x-ray technician is used to capture the scans a radiologist uses to diagnose. Psychometrists are a huge part of the evaluation process.
    Thanks!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Julie! You’re absolutely right…psychometrists play a major role in many neuropsychological settings and we failed to mention that in the episode. We were trying to reduce the number of comparisons between disciplines because it was already a lot for the lay audience to keep straight, but we should have thrown in a quick comment about psychometrists. We’ll try to do a full episode on psychometry in the near future.
      Best,
      ~John

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