Definition of Clinical Neuropsychology

A Clinical Neuropsychologist is a professional psychologist who applies principles of assessment and intervention based upon the scientific study of human behavior as it relates to normal and abnormal functioning of the central nervous system. A Clinical Neuropsychologist is a doctoral-level psychology provider of diagnostic and intervention services who has demonstrated competence in the application of such principles for human welfare following:


 Successful completion of systematic didactic and experiential training in neuropsychology and neuroscience at a regionally accredited university;


Two or more years of appropriate supervised training applying neuropsychological services in a clinical setting;


Licensing and certification to provide psychological services to the public by the laws of the state or province in which he or she practices;


Review by one's peers as a test of these competencies.

APPCN believes that Attainment of the ABCN/ABPP Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology is the clearest evidence of competence as a Clinical Neuropsychologist, assuring that all of these criteria have been met.


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Updated 04/03/2012