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What is Clinical Neuropsychology?

What is Clinical Neuropsychology?


Clinical Neuropsychology is at the crossroads between the disciplines of  Psychology, Neurology, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. The field focuses on understanding the relationships between brain and behavior, particularly as these relationships can be applied to the diagnosis of brain disorders, assessment of cognitive and behavioral functioning, and the use of effective rehabilitation and compensatory interventions.

What does a Clinical Neuropsychologist do?


A clinical neuropsychologist is a professional trained in psychological assessment and intervention that enables assessment, diagnosis, and rehabilitation of brain disorders. They work alongside medical teams, particularly within neurology and neurosurgery, but may also support local family doctors and rehabilitation therapists. Clinical Neuropsychologists must undergo extensive post-graduate training following an undergraduate degree in Psychology and must additionally undergo at least 2 years of supervised clinical practice prior to being able to practice independently. They are also required to undertake continuous professional development to ensure they remain up-to-date in the field.

What happens at a Neuropsychological Assessment?


Initially, you will have a chat with the Clinical Neuropsychologist to obtain detailed history of the presenting problem, as well as your background functioning. This is referred to as a clinical interview and typically lasts 45 minutes. You will then be asked to undertake computer and/or paper-based assessments which tap into your cognitive skills such as attention, memory, speed of processing, language and executive functioning. The aforementioned will be used alongside any imaging you have such as MRI, CT, X-ray and your pharmacological/medical histories to assist your medical team in the diagnosis of any brain problems you face. Clinical Neuropsychologists are nice friendly people who enter this career because they like helping people, so there is no need to worry about your assessment. Simply remember to relax, have a good sleep and breakfast beforehand, and do your best. Feel free to ask questions at any stage.

What should I bring with me to the Neuropsychological Assessment?


Bring reading glasses if you need them. Also bring something warm in case the air conditioning is too cold for you. Ensure you eat before coming and arrive in good time so you don't feel anxious or rushed. Be aware that you will probably spend 3-4 hours with your neuropsychologist! Please also bring any medical reports, list of current medications and results of any imaging such as MRI, CT etc.

What do I need for Online Neuropsychological Screening?


You will still need reading glasses and should upload your imaging and other medical records mentioned above to our secure cloud server BEFORE your assessment. In order to undertake the online assessment, you will need:

  • A quiet environment (no children or construction noise)
  • A fast, reliable computer
  • Fast, reliable internet
  • A webcam
  • A helper (such as your partner or good friend) who will assist but ONLY when asked to do so by the neuropsychologist
  • We usually test the setup with you the day prior to assessment

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We'll ask you to send us details of the client who is to undertake the Neuropsychological Assessment. The details will be uploaded by you to our secure double-key encrypted cloud server. Dr Tyler will then evaluate whether the assessment or screening can meet your objectives and provide a fee and next steps.

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