19 Assessment of Neuropsychological Functioning

Assessment Psychology


  1. Tulio M. Otero PhD1,
  2. Kenneth Podell PhD2,
  3. Elkhonon Goldberg PhD4,
  4. Philip DeFina PhD3

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop210019

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Otero, T. M., Podell, K., Goldberg, E. and DeFina, P. 2012. Assessment of Neuropsychological Functioning. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 10:III:19.

Author Information

  1. 1

    The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psy.D. and School Neuropsychology Programs, Chicago, Illinois, USA

  2. 2

    Henry Ford Health System, Department of Neuropsychology, Detroit, Michigan, USA

  3. 3

    New Jersey Institute for Neuroscience, International Brain Research Foundation, Secaucus, New Jersey, USA

  4. 4

    New York University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, New York, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


The field of neuropsychology and neuroscience in general has a history that is quite a bit older than one would think. Written records of the nervous system date back as far as 1700bc as ancient Egyptians appear to have engaged in treating head and brain injuries. This chapter reviews the historical development of modern clinical neuropsychology and presents some of the recent developments and opportunities in the field, then focuses on some innovative issues in neuropsychology. Our intent is to selectively introduce these advances and explain some of the basic components of each. We focus on how these new developments and progress in neuropsychology advance experimental and clinical neuropsychology, how they contribute to our knowledge of brain–behavior relationships and treatment of patients, and how they are shaping the field of neuropsychology as a whole. Future developments and their potential impact are also presented.


  • clinical applications;
  • neuropsychological assessment;
  • neuropsychology