A clinical neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with specialized training in brain-behavior relationships who helps people understand the connection between their brain health and their daily functioning. This is done through various tests of cognitive, behavioral, social, personality, and emotional functioning. Neuropsychologists are often consulted for assistance with diagnostic clarification and classification as well as treatment, vocational, and/or academic planning.
Both neuropsychologists and psychologists have doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, and both are able to evaluate and diagnose problems with emotional functioning. However, neuropsychologists have more specialized training in neuroscience, neuroanatomy, and related disorders; they are thus better equipped to assess cognition and behavior as they relate to brain functioning.
A neuropsychological evaluation involves integrating information from an individual’s background with data obtained from measures of cognitive, personality, social, and emotional functioning to formulate a comprehensive characterization of strengths and weaknesses.
Comprehensive neuropsychological evauluations and treatments