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Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists

Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Most neuropsychologists and clinical neuropsychologists have a doctorate degree, have participated in an internship or residency, and have five or more years of work experience. Those who diagnose and treat patients must have strong knowledge of neuropsychology, psychology, and therapy practices as well as the ability to relate to people. Strong listening skills and the desire to help people better understand themselves and others are essential in this type of work. The job requires analytical, critical thinkers who have the ability to weigh solutions to problems and come up with logical and reasonable approaches. Clear communication skills are needed, particularly for translating and interpreting data for patients, peers, supervisors, and subordinates. Neuropsychologists are also committed to lifelong education since our understanding of humans is constantly evolving. A basic curiosity is required as well as a fascination with the way the human mind works.

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