Clinical neuropsychologists attempt to figure out how the brain and behavior work as it relates to dealing with human problems. Several doctorate programs for clinical neuropsychology exist in the United States and Canada. In addition, those seeking to become a professional in this field can get clinical-neuropsychology training through internship programs. Some postdoctorate training opportunities are also available for existing experts in this field.
The American Psychological Association, a leading organization of psychology professionals in the United States, has a Division of Clinical Neuropsychology (also called “Division 40”). This Division tracks and keeps lists of doctorate programs, internships and postdoctorate training programs in the U.S. and Canada.
In the Resources below, you can see a link to the separate files that list these clinical neuropsychology training and doctorate programs. Refer to those documents for the actual list of educational programs. What follows is an overview of what you can expect if you are accepted into one of these internships or degree or training programs.
Note: If, for some reason, the below links are not working or are moved, contact Division 40 for information about how to find the program information. Email contact information is available on the website at Div40.org.
Clinical Neuropsychology Doctorate Degree Programs:
These programs generally last about five years. There are plenty of opportunities to get real or simulated clinical practice and experience in these doctoral programs.
Many doctorate programs have specialty options. Examples are child neuropsychology, adult neuropsychology, and developmental disorders.
Depending on your program, you learn about behaviors related to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions which affect the brain and behavior.
Clinical Neuropsychology Internships
These internships are generally at medical centers and hospitals. You will work with actual patients with a variety of conditions (such as stroke victims). The typical internship lasts 12 months. Programs typically provide financial assistance, as well.
Clinical Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Residency Training
After getting your doctorate in clinical neuropsychology, you can then apply for residency training positions. These are also at hospitals and medical centers, and financial assistance is usually provided. These residency programs generally last from one to two years.
American Psychological Assocation Division 40: Doctorate Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology
Division 40: Internships in Clinical Neuropsychology
Division 40: Postdoctoral Residency Training Programs