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Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists Go Back to List
Apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Galvanic or faradic stimulators
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  • Electromyography EMG units or accessories
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  • Cognitive or dexterity or perceptual or sensory evaluation or testing products
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  • Therapeutic pegboards or activity boards
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  • Respiratory monitoring kits or its accessories
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  • Medical software
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  • Analytical or scientific software
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  • Internet browser software
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  • Electronic mail software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Write or prepare detailed clinical neuropsychological reports, using data from psychological or neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct observations, or interviews.
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  • Provide psychotherapy, behavior therapy, or other counseling interventions to patients with neurological disorders.
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  • Provide education or counseling to individuals and families.
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  • Participate in educational programs, in-service training, or workshops to remain current in methods and techniques.
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  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in neuropsychology.
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  • Interview patients to obtain comprehensive medical histories.
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  • Identify and communicate risks associated with specific neurological surgical procedures, such as epilepsy surgery.
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  • Educate and supervise practicum students, psychology interns, or hospital staff.
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  • Diagnose and treat conditions such as chemical dependency, alcohol dependency, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) dementia, and environmental toxin exposure.
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  • Distinguish between psychogenic and neurogenic syndromes, two or more suspected etiologies of cerebral dysfunction, or between disorders involving complex seizures.
  •  Skills
     
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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  • Sociology and Anthropology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $95,370.00 $45.85  $23.12  $32.48 - $54.20 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $89,294.00 $42.93  $36.41  $41.96 - $48.78 
    New Haven $84,616.00 $40.68  $18.27  $22.67 - $52.65 
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