Students in the Clinical-Neuropsychology (CLN) concentration have general clinical psychology training as well as specialized clinical neuropsychology training consistent with an APA major area of study. Clinical neuropsychology is a scientific discipline that has “special expertise in the applied science of brain-behavior relationships” (National Academy of Neuropsychology, 2001). Clinical neuropsychology advances and utilizes evidenced-based assessment and interventions for healthy individuals as well as those who have difficulties as a result of central nervous system disease or disruption. The CLN faculty have wide-reaching interests across the lifespan, various neurological and clinical populations, and complementary scientific methods. The training requirements for CLN students are consistent with guidelines developed by the Houston Conference on Specialty Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology, so that students are eligible for clinical licensure following graduation and well prepared to become ABPP certified in clinical neuropsychology (see American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology website for details). Georgia State CLN students have formed an active interest group in the Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (ANST), the trainee organization of the Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (APA Division 40).
The concentration is jointly administered by the Clinical Psychology program area and the Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience program area. This reflects the joint emphases on training in clinical psychology and cognitive and affective neuroscience. Students participate in both the Clinical Psychology and NCN program areas.
Faculty are clinical neuropsychologists with joint affiliations in both the Clinical and Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience program areas who serve as advisors for CLN students. Clinical neuropsychology requires an integration of these fields and specialty expertise in approaches to research, evaluation, and intervention. Joint advising with a CLN faculty member is also possible.