I have just graduated from uni with BSc psychology with honours and obtained a 2.2i would ideally like a job as a neuropsychologist in the future!. Does anyone know the role of the neuropsychologist and what i would be doing on a daily basis? (i've looked at career sites already but they just give me information on what the roles are),rather than a handson description.
If someone could give me some information that would be great
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- Thread Starter
- 31-07-2009 16:28
- 01-08-2009 20:55
I'm surprised you want a career in something without knowledge of what they do. Nonetheless, the BPS website says:
The clinical side of neuropsychology overlaps with academic neuropsychology, which provides a scientific understanding of the relationship between brain and neuropsychological function. This in turn helps form the basis for assessment and rehabilitation of people with brain injury, or other neurological disease. Neuropsychologists work with people of all ages with neurological problems, which might include traumatic brain injury, stroke, toxic and metabolic disorders, tumours and neuro-degenerative diseases. Neuropsychologists require not only general clinical skills and knowledge of the broad range of mental health problems, but also a substantial degree of specialist knowledge in the neurosciences. Specialist skills are required in the assessment of neurological patients, and rehabilitation encompasses a broad range of specialist behavioural and cognitive interventions not only for the client, but also for the client's family and carers. Neuropsychologists are also to be commonly found in the management of rehabilitation facilities, and in individual case management. Leadership of multidisciplinary rehabilitation teams is frequently part of their clinical role.
Neuropsychologists most commonly work in:
Acute settings: working alongside neurosurgeons and neurologists and the allied disciplines, usually in a regional neurosciences centre. They are concerned with the early effects of trauma, neurosurgery and neurological disease
Rehabilitation centres: providing post-acute assessment, training and support for people who have sustained brain injury, or who have other neurological problems. The neuropsychologist will play a central role in the multidisciplinary team which aim to maximise recovery, minimise disability, and prepare the client for return to the community or to a residential placement.
Community services: performing a similar role as above but support those who have returned to community living
Experienced neuropsychologists also commonly act as expert witnesses for the Courts, and research is an important aspect of neuropsychological practice.
However, with a 2.2, you're going to face a serious up-hill battle. You're most likely going to have to do a MSc to compensate, and even then it's still tough-as-hell competition.