Clinical Neuropsychologists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+2.3% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Master's degree


What Clinical Neuropsychologists Do

Assess and diagnose patients with neurobehavioral problems related to acquired or developmental disorders of the nervous system, such as neurodegenerative disorders, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, and learning disabilities. Recommend treatment after diagnosis, such as therapy, medication, or surgery. Assist with evaluation before and after neurosurgical procedures, such as deep brain stimulation.

Other Job Titles Clinical Neuropsychologists May Have

Aviation Neuropsychologist, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychology Medical Consultant, Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Staff Psychologist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Clinical Neuropsychologist ,

City of Hope, Department of Supportive Care

I meet with patients for clinical interviews. We talk about their background to get a better context of their disease and experiences. This includes their developmental experiences and family context for a full psychosocial picture. Then I'll take the patient through some assessment tests. A few weeks later, I'll have a feedback session with the patient to talk through their results, including implications for their life, education, and vocation.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Compare patients' progress before and after pharmacologic, surgical, or behavioral interventions.
  • Conduct neuropsychological evaluations such as assessments of intelligence, academic ability, attention, concentration, sensorimotor function, language, learning, and memory.
  • Consult with other professionals about patients' neurological conditions.
  • Design or implement rehabilitation plans for patients with cognitive dysfunction.
  • Diagnose and treat conditions involving injury to the central nervous system, such as cerebrovascular accidents, neoplasms, infectious or inflammatory diseases, degenerative diseases, head traumas, demyelinating diseases, and various forms of dementing illnesses.

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