Clinical Neuropsychology (Major Area of Study)

The Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a Major Area of Study – according to the Council of Specialties taxonomy ( - in Clinical Neuropsychology.  The taxonomy for Education and Training in Clinical Neuropsychology ( indicates the criteria for a major area of study in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Students who pursue a Major Area of Study in Clinical Neuropsychology at UMass Amherst are competitive for top internship and postdoctoral sites in clinical neuropsychology, are trained in the spirit of the Houston Guidelines, and have a strong foundation from which to pursue board certification in clinical neuropsychology.  Graduates of our program who specialize in Clinical Neuropsychology are employed as faculty in universities and medical schools, conduct research, supervise trainees, pursue board certification, and engage in evidence-based clinical neuropsychological practice.

In addition to clinical program coursework in clinical psychology that is essential for clinical neuropsychology (e.g., Adult Assessment, Child Assessment, Psychopathology, Research Methods, Statistics, Multicultural Psychology, Ethics), several graduate-level courses are offered at UMass Amherst in clinical neuropsychology, including Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, Human Neuropsychology, Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Methods, Cognitive Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, and Aging and Cognition.

Students complete internal and external practica in clinical neuropsychology.  Internal placements include the ADHD Team (Year 2) and Neuropsychology Team (Year 3) in the UMass Amherst Psychological Services Center.  External placements are in hospital or VA settings.  Students complete an empirical dissertation and other research in clinical neuropsychology.  Students have the opportunity (Year 5) to be a peer supervisor for the PSC Neuropsychology Team.