PSYC-251 Clinical Assessment
Spring for 2017-2018
Jesse Brand
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of clinical assessment, in the context of a specialized subfield of Clinical Psychology called Clinical Neuropsychology. It is clinical neuropsychologists’ goal and responsibility to assess the relationship between central nervous system function, cognition, emotion, and behavior; and to apply this knowledge to the design of individualized diagnosis and intervention. Students will gain an understanding of the field through review of the psychometric approach utilized by clinical neuropsychologists, the cognitive and emotional constructs they measure, and the knowledge of neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, and neuroradiology upon which they rely. Students will perform a self-study of cognitive and emotional functions and their role in everyday life. Students will also explore the nature of neuropsychological dysfunction in various neurologic and psychiatric disorders, and simulate a written neuropsychological report on a disorder of their choosing.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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