The Neuropsychology Concentration 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 Concentration – 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. Once completed, students can formally apply to be accepted into the concentration.
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.
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.
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.
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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