Assesses and diagnoses 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. Recommends treatment after diagnosis, such as therapy, medication, or surgery. Assists with evaluation before and after neurosurgical procedures, such as deep brain stimulation.
This career is part of the Human Services cluster Counseling and Mental Health Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Compares patients' progress before and after pharmacologic, surgical, or behavioral interventions.
- Conducts neuropsychological evaluations such as assessments of intelligence, academic ability, attention, concentration, sensorimotor function, language, learning, and memory.
- Consults with other professionals about patients' neurological conditions.
- Designs or implements rehabilitation plans for patients with cognitive dysfunction.
- Diagnoses and treats 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.
- Diagnoses and treats neural and psychological conditions in medical and surgical populations, such as patients with early dementing illness or chronic pain with a neurological basis.
- Diagnoses and treats pediatric populations for conditions such as learning disabilities with developmental or organic bases.
- Diagnoses and treats psychiatric populations for conditions such as somatoform disorder, dementias, and psychoses.
- Distinguishes between psychogenic and neurogenic syndromes, two or more suspected etiologies of cerebral dysfunction, or between disorders involving complex seizures.
- Educates and supervises practicum students, psychology interns, or hospital staff.