What is Neuropsychology?
Neuropsychology is a specialization in psychology in which practitioners study the relationship between the physical structures of the brain and a person’s moods, thoughts, and behaviors. By understanding how the brain and a person’s experiences affect one another, neuropsychologists aim to provide more effective treatments for many patients.
While health professionals have been interested in this subject, neuropsychology was not able to gain traction until researchers developed new imaging technology in the 1950s and 1960s. Studying the physical structure of the brain relies on imaging technology. As such, the field continues to grow as imaging becomes better and more accessible.
There are two types of neuropsychology: cognitive and clinical. While cognitive neuropsychologists conduct research, clinical neuropsychologists use the results of this research to treat patients.
What Can Providers Use Neuropsychology to Treat?
Neuropsychologists can test for, diagnose, and help treat many types of disorders, including:
- Bipolar Disorder
- Tourette Syndrome
- Developmental Delays and Disorders
- Substance Use Disorders
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Learning Disabilities
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Recurring Concussions
- Seizure Disorders
- Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Neuropsychology is continually growing, meaning that providers may soon be able to help people with disorders that are not on this list.
Neuropsychology is substantially different than other types of psychology. As such, even patients who have been to therapy in the past may have questions about neuropsychology. Below are answers to some of the most common questions about this type of practice. If you have other concerns or questions, please feel free to contact us directly.
What Credentials do Neuropsychologists Hold?
Neuropsychologists are psychologists with doctoral degrees. Patients should only see credentialed neuropsychologists with certifications from either the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN) or the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN).
Who Can Benefit From Neuropsychology?
Anyone with psychological or neurological symptoms can benefit from seeing a neuropsychologist, especially if those symptoms are unexplained. Neuropsychological testing can help such patients get answers. Our neuropsychologists see patients of all ages.
What Happens in a Neuropsychology Appointment?
First, the neuropsychologist will ask questions about the patient’s symptoms, medications, and medical history. Based on their findings, the provider will make a recommendation for testing. Neuropsychology is largely a diagnostic field, so patients should prepare to go through neuroimaging tests in order to get answers.
If you’re ready to see a neuropsychologist, please contact LifeStance Health today. Our new clinic dedicated to neuropsychology is here to help people just like you.