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Become A Neuropsychologist

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Working As A Neuropsychologist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $70,580

    Average Salary

What Does A Neuropsychologist Do At St. Luke's Health System

* Conduct neuropsychological evaluations and consultations with patients who have medical and neurological conditions that affect cognition and learning.
* Provide both inpatient and outpatient neuropsychological evaluation and consultation.
* Assist in the development of neuropsychological protocols using a programmatic, inter-disciplinary team approach.
* Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

What Does A Neuropsychologist Do At Medtrust Staffing

* Administers, scores, and interprets appropriate neuropsychological screenings, tests and assessments to evaluate and report on neuropsychological, intellectual and cognitive functioning and deficits
* Conducts psychological, intellectual and cognitive assessments, psychiatric diagnoses, clinical interviews, and functional evaluations

What Does A Neuropsychologist Do At Cedars-Sinai

* Performs Neuropsychological Testing
* Provides patient assessment and intervention and coverage
* Focus on acute hospital and inpatient rehabilitation assessments and treatment interventions

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How To Become A Neuropsychologist

Although psychologists typically need a doctoral degree in psychology, a master’s degree is sufficient for some positions. Psychologists in independent practice also need a license.

Education

Most clinical, counseling, and research psychologists need a doctoral degree. Students can complete a Ph.D. in psychology or a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree. A Ph.D. in psychology is a research degree that is obtained after taking a comprehensive exam and writing a dissertation based on original research. Ph.D programs typically include courses on statistics and experimental procedures. The Psy.D. is a clinical degree and is often based on practical work and examinations rather than a dissertation. In clinical, counseling, school, or health service settings, students usually complete a 1-year internship as part of the doctoral program.

School psychologists need an advanced degree and certification or licensure to work. The advanced degree is most commonly the education specialist degree (Ed.S.), which typically requires a minimum of 60 graduate semester credit hours and a 1,200-hour supervised internship. Some school psychologists may have a doctoral degree in school psychology or a master’s degree. School psychologists’ programs include coursework in both education and psychology because their work addresses education and mental health components of students’ development.

Graduates with a master’s degree in psychology can work as industrial-organizational psychologists. When working under the supervision of a doctoral psychologist, master’s graduates can also work as psychological assistants in clinical, counseling, or research settings. Master’s degree programs typically include courses in industrial-organizational psychology, statistics, and research design.

Most master’s degree programs do not require an undergraduate major in psychology, but do require coursework in introductory psychology, experimental psychology, and statistics. Some doctoral degree programs require applicants to have a master’s degree in psychology; others will accept applicants with a bachelor’s degree and a major in psychology. 

Most graduates with a bachelor’s degree in psychology find work in other fields such as business administration, sales, or education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

In most states, practicing psychology or using the title of “psychologist” requires licensure. In all states and the District of Columbia, psychologists who practice independently must be licensed where they work.

Licensing laws vary by state and type of position. Most clinical and counseling psychologists need a doctorate in psychology, an internship, at least 1 to 2 years of supervised professional experience, and to pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology. Information on specific state requirements can be obtained from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. In many states, licensed psychologists must complete continuing education courses to keep their licenses.

The American Board of Professional Psychology awards specialty certification in 15 areas of psychology, such as clinical health, couple and family, or rehabilitation. The American Board of Professional Neuropsychology offers certification in neuropsychology. Board certification can demonstrate professional expertise in a specialty area. Certification is not required for most psychologists, but some hospitals and clinics do require certification. In those cases, candidates must have a doctoral degree in psychology, state license or certification, and any additional criteria of the specialty field.

Training

Prospective practicing psychologists must have pre- or post-doctoral supervised experience, including an internship. Internships allow students to gain experience in an applied setting. Candidates must complete an internship before they can qualify for state licensure. The required number of hours of the internship varies by state.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Psychologists must be able to examine the information they collect and draw logical conclusions from them.

Communication skills. Psychologists must have strong communication skills because they spend much of their time listening to and speaking with patients. 

Observational skills. Psychologists study attitude and behavior. They must be able to watch people and understand the possible meanings of facial expressions, body positions, actions, and interactions.

Patience. Psychologists must be able to demonstrate patience, because conducting research or treating patients may take a long time.

People skills. Psychologists study and help people. They must be able to work well with clients, patients, and other professionals.

Problem-solving skills. Psychologists need problem-solving skills to design research, evaluate programs, and find treatments or solutions for mental and behavioral problems.

Trustworthiness. Psychologists must keep patients’ problems in confidence, and patients must be able to trust psychologists’ expertise in treating sensitive problems.

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Neuropsychologist Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    68.8%
  • Male

    28.7%
  • Unknown

    2.5%

Ethnicity

  • White

    78.4%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.0%
  • Asian

    6.8%
  • Unknown

    2.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    50.0%
  • French

    16.7%
  • Dutch

    8.3%
  • Catalan

    8.3%
  • Hebrew

    8.3%
  • Italian

    8.3%
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Real Neuropsychologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Neuropsychologist Peacehealth Eugene, OR May 20, 2016 $109,776
Neuropsychologist Cleveland Clinic Las Vegas, NV Sep 01, 2015 $107,500
Neuropsychologist Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cleveland, OH Aug 27, 2016 $105,000
Staff Neuropsychologist Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Oct 14, 2016 $100,815
Faculty Neuropsychologist Dignity Health Phoenix, AZ Sep 28, 2016 $100,668
Neuropsychologist Nemours Foundation-Nemours Children's Hospital Orlando, FL Jun 04, 2012 $92,000 -
$100,000
Staff Neuropsychologist Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Oct 14, 2013 $90,000
Neuropsychologist Peacehealth Eugene, OR Feb 11, 2011 $88,698
Neuropsychologist Columbus Regional Hospital Columbus, IN Sep 01, 2012 $85,010
Neuropsychologist Columbus Regional Hospital Columbus, IN Aug 31, 2015 $85,000 -
$95,000
Staff Neuropsychologist Hartford Hospital Hartford, CT Sep 01, 2015 $85,000
Neuropsychologist Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cleveland, OH May 01, 2010 $84,900
Faculty Neuropsychologist Dignity Health Phoenix, AZ Jul 15, 2014 $84,323 -
$134,888
Faculty Neuropsychologist Catholic Healthcare West Phoenix, AZ Jul 15, 2011 $83,720 -
$131,664
Neuropsychologist Orlando Health Orlando, FL Dec 01, 2011 $83,200
Research Neuropsychologist Butler Hospital Providence, RI Jul 20, 2015 $82,000
Neuropsychologist Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, Inc. Tallahassee, FL Sep 09, 2014 $78,909

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Top Skills for A Neuropsychologist

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Top Neuropsychologist Skills

  1. Traumatic Brain Injury
  2. Outpatient Neuropsychological Assessment
  3. Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide comprehensive psychological services to individuals with traumatic brain injury.
  • Group and individual rehabilitation plans for elder people with dementia.
  • Assisted in intracarotid sodium amytal testing for epilepsy patients.
  • Key team member leading projects to expand mental health services within Extended Care.
  • Provide neuropsychological assessment to patients with Parkinson s Disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Top Neuropsychologist Employers