Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology Concentration in Chicago


Concentration Description

The Neuropsychology concentration within the Clinical Psy.D. program will give students a basic training and introduction to the principles of assessment and intervention based on the scientific study of human behavior as it relates to normal and abnormal functioning of the central nervous system, with a focus on applying that knowledge to human problems through the study of brain-behavior relationships.


Admission into the Chicago Campus’ Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.


GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

PC 429 - Clinical/Diagnostic Interviewing and Observation


Techniques of clinical and diagnostic interviewing and observation will be presented. Students will learn several techniques for interviewing, including listening skills, aids for giving and receiving feedback and establishing a relationship with a client. Students also will learn ways of incorporating theses techniques into models of diagnostic interviewing. Students will be exposed to non-verbal tools methods of interviewing and observation, such as play based interviewing techniques. Techniques for interviewing family members and other collateral sources will be taught. Consideration of cultural differences in establishing a relationship and conducting an interview is integral to this course. (2 credits)

Neurobiology and Spirituality
Explore various topics in the field of neuro-science (e.g., imaging, psychophysiology, pharmacology, etc.) and spirituality. Topics include the biology of belief, the theology of the body, neurobiological understandings and measurements of various states of consciousness (i.e., altered, meditative, etc.), neurobiological understandings of spiritual, transcendent, and paranormal experiences, and spirituality among individuals with various brain pathologies, among other topics.
Disabilities
Examines genetic, developmental, and acquired disabilities. The most current data is examined to understand the mechanisms of disorders and new advances in therapeutics. Students examine disabilities based on the bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach.
Advanced Psychopharmacology and Therapeutics
This course is case based. Students present cases and design therapies basing their decisions on validated, published data. This course requires solid knowledge of neurophysiology, pharmacology, neuropsychology, imaging, and clinical interventions such as cognitive behavioral therapy and biofeedback. Students learn how to integrate their knowledge of psychopharmacology into the bio-psycho-social-spiritual prospective.

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