Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists

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About the Job

Apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.

It is also Called

  • Staff Psychologist
  • Pediatric Neuropsychologist
  • Neuropsychology Service Director
  • Neuropsychology Medical Consultant
  • Neuropsychology Division Chief
  • Neuropsychology Director
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Mental Health Director
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Aviation Neuropsychologist
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What They Do

  • Diagnose and treat conditions such as chemical dependency, alcohol dependency, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) dementia, and environmental toxin exposure.
  • Provide psychotherapy, behavior therapy, or other counseling interventions to patients with neurological disorders.
  • Design or implement rehabilitation plans for patients with cognitive dysfunction.
  • Conduct research on neuropsychological disorders.
  • Participate in educational programs, in-service training, or workshops to remain current in methods and techniques.
  • Identify and communicate risks associated with specific neurological surgical procedures, such as epilepsy surgery.
  • Compare patients' progress before and after pharmacologic, surgical, or behavioral interventions.
  • Diagnose and treat psychiatric populations for conditions such as somatoform disorder, dementias, and psychoses.
  • Diagnose and treat neural and psychological conditions in medical and surgical populations, such as patients with early dementing illness or chronic pain with a neurological basis.
  • Educate and supervise practicum students, psychology interns, or hospital staff.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ISA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Social and Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Recognition, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $86,630 with most people making between $43,070 and $114,330

Outlook

0.94%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 530 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 580 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 5 openings due to growth and about 15 replacement openings for approximately 20 total annual openings.



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