Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology Area of Focus in Chicago
Area of Focus Description
The Neuropsychology Area of Focus offers students the opportunity to develop competence in preparation for internship and postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology. Faculty include board certified neuropsychologists with a range of clinical and research interests. The curriculum is based on the Houston Conference guidelines and covers key areas of content including:
- Neuroanatomy/Neuropathology including a three day brain dissection lab
- Neuropsychological Assessment across the lifespan, including child, adult, and geriatric age groups
- Forensic Neuropsychology focuses on the role of the neuropsychologist in legal/court settings where mental health and neurocognitive impairment are issues in the proceedings
- Neuropsychological Rehabilitation explores empirically based remedial strategies and psychotherapeutic approaches for individuals with neurocognitive disorders
The two prerequisite courses for the Neuropsychology Area of Focus – Biological Bases of Behavior (PY/PC 449) and Introduction to Neuropsychology (PY/PC 479) are part of the curriculum for all doctoral students. These prerequisites can be completed by the end of the second year.
Students planning to pursue postdoctoral specialty training are encouraged to choose neuropsychological topics for dissertation, to participate in the APA chapter of the Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (APA Division 40), and to complete an advanced practicum in neuropsychology. Students are provided early guidance and opportunities to facilitate their eventual candidacy for board certification in Clinical Neuropsychology.
Admission into the Chicago Campus’ Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.
This course examines empirically supported cognitive rehabilitation strategies and psychotherapeutic approaches for individuals with neurocognitive disorders. Several dimensions of intervention are explored including facilitation of recovery of disturbed brain functions, compensation for deficits and disabilities, and therapeutic responses to subjective experience of loss and relational change.
This course will examine the role of the neuropsychologist in legal/court settings where mental health and neurocognitive impairment are issues in the proceedings. An introduction to the legal system and standards governing forensic activities of mental health experts will be covered. Neuropsychological assessment related to questions of competency, sanity, and personal injury will be examined.
Neuroanatomy and Neuropathology for Neuropsychologists
This course will consist of a classroom component and a three day brain dissection lab. The goal of this course is to provide students with a working knowledge of neuroanatomy as it relates to normal and pathologic function of the central nervous system. After each major system or structure is covered, clinical syndromes and a representative case study will be reviewed. Neuroanatomy will be studied in the context of clinically relevant problems encountered by psychologists in healthcare settings.
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