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Areas of Specialization > Clinical Neuropsychology


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The clinical neuropsychology specialty stream provides courses and training opportunities for graduate students planning to seek registration with The College of Psychologists of Ontario and wishing to provide clinical neuropsychological services. Students in this stream receive a strong foundation in Clinical or Clinical Developmental Psychology, depending upon the area in which they are registered. In addition, students are required to take courses in neuropsychology and obtain practicum training at sites providing neuropsychological services. 

The clinical neuropsychology stream has several notable strengths. 

  • It provides one of the only opportunities in Canada to be enrolled in a program that provides a linked set of courses and training for students seeking clinical neuropsychological training.

  • It has one of the largest groups of clinical neuropsychologists in clinical psychology departments in Canada. Faculty have a wide range of interests, work with a variety of patient groups, and have expertise in a diverse range of research methodologies. For further information on core faculty please click here.

  • We are developing clinical neuropsychological training opportunities at the York University Psychology Clinic, an on-site facility that offers a range of psychological services.

  • Graduate students in the clinical neuropsychology stream take all of the core courses required by the Clinical or Clinical Developmental area that they are in and thereby gain excellent clinical training from one of the strongest groups in Canada.

  • York has recently developed a top-notch fMRI facility available for use by our faculty.

  • The neuropsychology specialty stream mounts a speaker series in which prominent clinical neuropsychologists and other investigators give informative talks on topics of interest to clinical neuropsychologists.

  • Our location in the Toronto area provides students access to a diverse range of opportunities at hospitals, rehabilitation settings, and research institutes.

Application to the clinical neuropsychology specialty stream is completed after admission to either the Clinical or Clinical Developmental area. 

What is a Clinical Neuropsychologist?

  • A clinical neuropsychologist is a professional within the field of psychology with special expertise in the applied science of brain-behavior relationships. Clinical neuropsychologists use this knowledge in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and/or rehabilitation of patients across the lifespan with neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental and psychiatric conditions, as well as other cognitive and learning disorders.
  • The clinical neuropsychologist uses psychological, neurological, cognitive, behavioral, and physiological principles, techniques and tests to evaluate patients' neurocognitive, behavioral, and emotional strengths and weaknesses and their relationship to normal and abnormal central nervous system functioning.
  • The clinical neuropsychologist uses this information and information provided by other medical/healthcare providers to identify and diagnose neurobehavioral disorders, and plan and implement intervention strategies.
  • The specialty of clinical neuropsychology is recognized by the American Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association. Clinical neuropsychologists are independent practitioners (healthcare providers) of clinical neuropsychology and psychology.

 

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