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.