Neuropsychology is a specific branch of psychology that studies the brain and behavior, as well as how these variables interact with our nervous system and our environments. This field of study uses paper and pencil tasks, interactive activities, and computerized tests to learn exactly how an individual’s brain work, including cognitive strengths and vulnerabilities. This information is ingrated with individualized knowledge of the patient.
First and foremost, neuropsychologists are trained licensed psychologists. They complete an undergraduate progam, followed by a master’s degree program, as well as an additional 4-5 years in a doctoral level program (generally earning either a PsyD or PhD). Individuals who train as neuropsychologists go on after their doctoral training to complete a two year post doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology. This speciality can be specific to an age range (such as older adults or pediatric) or can encompass training across the lifespan.