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What is the difference between a psychologist and a neuropsychologist?

I am a 34 year old male. I want to know what is the difference between a psychologist and a neuropsychologist?

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Good question! A Psychologist can be a clinician (a therapist) or a research or academic practitioner. A Neuropsychologist is a specialist in brain function, and works as an academician, a researcher, and/or a consultant, often based in a hospital or rehab.


Dr. Marian K. Shapiro
A neuropsychologist is a psychologist who specializes in psychological assessments of brain functioning, abilities via psychological testing. All psychologists can do testing and assessments, but neuropsychologists take extra training.

A psychologist will treat all emotional issues, relationship, children, school, grief, transition, acculturation, etc. A neuropsychologist only treats issues caused by traumatic brain injury
(natural or not), such as sports concussions, stroke, Alzheimer’s, excessive drug use that caused the brain to suffer, therefore caused issues.
Neuropsychologists are licensed clinical psychologists with special expertise in the applied science of brain-behavior relationships, which they use to assess, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate patients across the lifespan with neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental, psychiatric, and other cognitive and learning disorders. The Neuropsychologist uses psychological, neurological, cognitive, behavioral, and physiological principles, techniques and tests to evaluate patients' neurocognitive, behavioral, and emotional strengths and weaknesses and their relationship to normal and abnormal central nervous system functioning. The Neuropsychologist uses this information and information provided by other medical / healthcare providers / collateral contacts to identify and diagnose neurobehavioral disorders, and plan and implement intervention strategies.
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