The basic function of a clinical Neuropsychologist is to provide clinical neuropsychological services to children and families. This expertise is applied to children and families through clinical evaluation, management, and intervention services. The services involve specialized expertise in individual testing as well as specialized expertise in the measurement of cognitive, behavioral, social, and emotional factors. The Neuropsychologist possesses advanced knowledge and experience with patient populations that include infants, children, and adolescents with developmental disorders affecting behavior and cognition, genetic syndromes affecting development, and all types of acquired conditions that affect brain function. The Neuropsychologist provides support to department and organization objectives by providing unique expertise and clinical service that is exclusive to the discipline of Neuropsychology. Further, the Neuropsychologist provides support to the physicians and clinics within CMC by providing clinical care and intervention of CMC patients. Specialized training and expertise, outstanding critical thinking skills, ability to communicate effectively, and ability to collaborate with other disciplines are all essential to the provision of quality neuropsychological services.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Providing Neuropsychological evaluation for patients and their families. This includes comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations, scoring of data, writing reports, providing feedback to patients and families, attending meetings at the child’s school if appropriate.
- Providing consultations for patients, families, and physicians. We review the results of a child’s neuropsychological evaluation thoroughly and provide additional strategies and suggestions for interventions. We also consult with potential patients and their families to determine if neuropsychological services are appropriate. Also, this includes attending CARE conferences and/or consulting directly with other service providers, when indicated.
- Supervision of postdoctoral students and interns for the purpose of meeting their training requirements and fulfilling ethical standards of supervision of unlicensed trainees.
- Research Activities. This involves attending regularly scheduled research meetings to report on progress of various projects. Other activities include reviews of relevant literature, brainstorming project ideas, data collection, IRB paperwork, writing abstracts, articles, & book chapters, creating posters/presentations for research meetings/conferences, attending conferences/research meetings, and grant writing.
- Education. This involves attending various classes, workshops, and presentations in order to keep licensure current and to maintain the requisite amount of continuing education credits. Also, it is important to stay current in the field and keep up with new developments in order to be a better clinician and provide the best possible service to children and their families.
- Doctorate degree in Psychology is required.
Licenses & certifications
- License to practice Psychology in the State of Texas is required.
- One to two years of post doctorate experience is required; two to three years of experience is preferred.
- Post-doctoral training in neuropsychology is required.
Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Understanding of an array of developmental and psychological concepts, including, but not limited to, normal and abnormal social, emotional, academic, behavioral, and cognitive development, brain-behavior relationships, school system issues, effect of medical condition on the neurocognitive and psychological function of children, psychopathology, family functioning, cultural and diversity issues.
- Ability to establish rapport with patients and family members and good working relationships within the department and hospital
- Ability to adequately identify the presenting problem, including the development of testable hypotheses and differential diagnosis.
- Gathering of neurocognitive and psychological data through the identification of appropriate psychometric, observational, and interview techniques and accurate administration, scoring, and interpretation of tests.
- Development of appropriate remediation and intervention strategies based on the testing results.
- Ability to effectively communicate these results to the child, parents, and educators in both oral and written forms
- Recognition and application of appropriate legal, professional, and ethical standards to specific cases.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills to facilitate the development of a working relationship with the patient and child which allows for effective assessment and generation of recommendations.
- Ability to work within time constraints and present information within an efficient manner to other members of the medical team.