Clinical Neuropsychology (MSc)
The master’s specialisation in Clinical Neuropsychology provides a theoretical background and practical training in neuropsychology and (clinical) neuropsychological research.
Suzanne van Dijk
'After graduating I started working as a neuropsychologist as part of a multidisciplinary team at the geriatrics department of Haaglanden Medisch Centrum. My job consists of conducting neuropsychological assessments to detect and diagnose different disorders, such as different types of the neurodegenerative disorder dementia. Besides this, I’m responsible for the daily supervision of master students during their clinical internship at the hospital.'
'Each day I go to work with great pleasure. The great variety of patients and pathologies as well as the close cooperation with medical specialists and the supervision of interns makes this a perfect place to further develop my diagnostic skills and my (medical) knowledge.
The study has provided me with a good foundation for my current work as a neuropsychologist. By combining theoretical neuroscience and the clinical application of it, I've got a broad knowledge of cognitive, emotional and behavioural consequences of brain dysfunction. Moreover, lecturers who are working in different work fields shared their practical experiences to give some insight in the day-to-day work of a neuropsychologist which motivated me even more to start my own career in health care.'
What are the lectures of Janice Sandjojo like?
Teacher in Neuropsychology
I use a lot of case examples coming from clinical practice in my lectures and work groups. I work as a psychologist in a rehabilitation centre as well, so I can share my practical experience in the classroom.
Also, I show videos of people who suffer from brain damage caused by traffic accidents. What kind of questions do you ask when doing a neuropsychological assessment? How can you help them to recover?
What does this master's programme entail?
There is increasing recognition of the role neuropsychologists play in the management of brain diseases. The demand for their services is becoming greater as the population ages and medical (neuro)technology advances. Neuropsychologists assess and treat the cognitive, emotional and behavioural consequences of brain dysfunction, which can be a result of various neurological and psychiatric conditions:
- Congenital neurodevelopmental disorders
- Traumatic brain injury
- Brain tumours
- Substance abuse
The specialisation is grounded in the neurosciences relevant to neuropsychology with a strong focus on evidence-based practice. This means that you are taught to focus on the conscientious, explicit and well-judged use of current best scientific evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients; this in terms of diagnostics, prognostics and interventions (the ‘scientist-practitioner’ model).
Reasons to choose Clinical Neuropsychology at Leiden University
This master specialisation is an interesting combination of fascinating neuroscience and the clinical application of it. The research and practice are strongly clinically oriented and scientifically based.
You will be prepared to offer good care to individual clients with brain damage. Also you will be able to think as a neuropsychological researcher and understand what happens in the brain of these patients. An important focus lays on the severe consequences these problems can have in the daily lives of these patients.
You have the opportunity to do an internal practical internship for 10 EC.
Modern research methods are used, in order to get profound knowledge of the brain, and to keep up with the newest developments in the field.
Clinical Neuropsychology: the right programme for you?
This master specialisation could be the right program for you:
- if you wish to become professionally active in the field of clinical neuropsychology (for instance as a Health Care psychologist/Gezondheidszorgpsycholoog BIG, Clinical Neuropsychologist/Klinisch Neuropsycholoog or Clinical Psychologist/Klinisch Psycholoog).
- if you are interested in a scientific career.
- if you like to be involved in neuropsychological assessment, treatment and guidance of patients with brain damage.