5. Clinical Neuropsychology

  1. Paul R. Martin2,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD3,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)4,
  4. Michael Kyrios5,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier6 and
  6. José M. Prieto7
  1. Ronald Ruff PhD, ABPP and
  2. Christina Weyer Jamora PhD

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch5

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Ruff, R. and Jamora, C. W. (2011) Clinical Neuropsychology, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 3

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 4

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 5

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 6

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 7

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. University of California San Francisco, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • clinical neuropsychology;
  • clinical neuropsychology, a field of study - focusing on relationship between brain and behavior;
  • neuropsychology, roots in century-old quest - to better understand the brain's role in human behavior;
  • computerized tomography scanners - and test-based localization, replaced by neuroimaging techniques and practice of brain localization;
  • neuropsychologists test memory functioning - information, and asking the person to recall information;
  • assessment of language dysfunction - focusing on patient's fluidity during conversational speech, frequency of paraphasias;
  • damage to different regions of frontal lobe - leading to distinct behavioral changes;
  • assessing intelligence, as part of a neuropsychological examination - framework from which to understand nature of a person's impairments;
  • progression of discipline of neuropsychology - and its future direction;
  • neuropsychologists, as primary caregivers for cognition - the brain controlling physical, emotional and cognitive functions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Brief History of Neuropsychology

  • Cognitive Domains

  • Emotional Functioning

  • Reasons for Neuropsychological Testing Referrals

  • Future Direction for Neuropsychology

  • Qualifications for Becoming a Neuropsychologist

  • Summary and Conclusions

  • References