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Clinical Neuropsychology Subtrack

The Clinical Neuropsychology Subtrack within the Clinical Science area is designed to provide students with specialized research and clinical training in neuropsychological assessment and treatment of disorders. This training adds neuropsychologically-focused didactic, practicum, and research training experiences to the base of training that is provided in the Clinical Science area. 

Students enrolled in this program follow the usual requirements of the Clinical Science program with the following modifications:

Required Coursework

1. Principles of Neuropsychology (PSY:6370, 3 sh). NOTE: Course offered every Fall semester; Daniel Tranel, Instructor.

2. Functional Neuroanatomy (ACB:6252, 4 sh). NOTE: Course offered every Spring semester; Justin Sipla, Instructor.

4. Neurobiology of Disease (NSCI:7235, 3 sh). NOTE: Course typically offered in Fall semester every other year; Natalie Denburg, Instructor.

Additional Recommended Coursework

1. Neuroscience Seminar (NSCI:6265, PSY:6265, 0-1 sh). Highly desirable.

2. Seminar: Neuropsychology & Neuroscience (NSCI:5365, PSY:5365, 0-1 sh). This is the “Morning Meeting” seminar led by Daniel Tranel that takes place year-round on 2 weekday mornings (Tuesday/Thursday) from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. It is offered continuously including during the summer term. Attendance is required, but students have the prerogative to formally register or not.

3. The following courses are relevant and one or more could be taken to broaden the student’s background:

PSY:5210               Fundamentals of Behavioral Neuroscience

PSY:7210               Advanced Topics in Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience

PSY:6750               Fundamentals of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience

PSY:3250               Neuroscience of Learning and Memory

PSY:3071               Cognition and the Brain

NSCI:6250 Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Neuropsychology Practicum

1. Background coursework. PSY:5330 Principles of Psychological Assessment (4 sh), and at least two semesters of practicum (PSY:7350) in the Seashore Clinic. These courses are the normal sequence for all clinical students, and are a prerequisite for the practicum experiences below.

2. Students begin neuropsychology practicum at the beginning of Year 3 or thereafter. Neuropsychological Assessment: 10 hours/week for two semesters (150 hours/semester), registering for 2-3 sh each semester. Basic neuropsychological practicum may be completed in the Neurology (Tranel, Jones, Denburg, and Barrash) and/or Psychiatry (Moser, Whiteside, Espe-Pfiefer, Hoth, Caraher) Neuropsychology clinics of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. At least one semester must be in Neurology, though it need not be the first semester. The practicum, which can be completed in either the third or the fourth year, consists of one full day (7:30 am to 4:30 pm) on any day of the week (or half-day combinations that fit the schedules of the student and the clinic). One semester can be completed in the summer by doing 150 hours over 8 weeks (register for 2-3 sh).

3. Specialty Neuropsychology Practicum. 2 sh 10 hours/week for one semester (150 hours). Optional replacement of the second semester of the Neuropsychological Assessment Practicum. Any one of the following would serve for this experience:

  • Rehabilitation Practicum (Anderson)
  • Geriatric Neuropsychology Practicum (Denburg)
  • Schizophrenia Practicum (Moser)

Pediatric Neuropsychology Practicum (Lindgren)