Neuropsychology Concentration


Neuropsychology can be applied across multiple settings and populations

Clinical Neuropsychology is a recognized specialty area within the field of psychology that focuses on the applied science of brain-behavior relationships. Utilizing their thorough understanding of how various internal and external factors impact brain functioning, clinical neuropsychologists evaluate and treat individuals across the lifespan with a variety of known or suspected neurological, medical, neurodevelopmental, and psychiatric problems. It is one of the fastest growing specialty areas within the field of psychology, with opportunities available across multiple settings and populations.

William James College offers a pre-doctoral concentration in Neuropsychology that consists of core neuropsychology coursework, a minimum of two year-long clinical placements at approved neuropsychology field placement sites, and a Doctoral Project in an area relevant to neuropsychology. The Neuropsychology concentration provides students with a breadth of experience, knowledge and skills to meet the demands of this exciting specialty field of study. The Neuropsychology concentration is in compliance with the Houston conference guidelines for training students in neuropsychology and is meant to fulfill eventual coursework requirements for board certification in clinical neuropsychology (i.e., ABPP-CN).

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PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Offered as part of the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program

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Watch Our Video and Meet Our Concentration Director, Dr. Jason Osher.

Emily Williamson“I was so fortunate to have WJC develop the neuropsychology concentration just as I started; Dr. Jason Osher's mentorship was pivotal to my career, and the training I received in Boston hospitals through field placement was priceless. I pursued a neuropsychology internship and fellowship and have since been working as a clinical neuropsychologist in a rehab hospital setting with a neurological population focus, seeing folks from across the lifespan and mostly outpatient but also some inpatient/capacity evaluations.”

Emily Williamson, Clinical Neuropsychologist at Gaylord Hospital
Clinical Psychology PsyD, Neuropsychology Alumna

Curriculum overview

In order to declare for the concentration, students need to:

Minimum of 2 placements (3 recommended) will be at neuropsychology-focused sites, one at the practicum level and one at the internship level. Training at the practicum level should focus on developing the foundational skills in neuropsychological assessment (e.g., test administration and scoring). Training at the internship level should occur at a site where at least 51% of the training experience will be in Neuropsychology and should focus on advanced skills in neuropsychological evaluation (e.g., case formulation, report writing). A fifth year APA internship is strongly recommended at a site where at least 51% of the training experience will be in Neuropsychology.

Students completing the Neuropsychology concentration will be required to complete a doctoral project germane to the specialty field of Neuropsychology. The doctoral project topic must be approved by concentration faculty and one of their doctoral project committee members must be a neuropsychologist (from within or outside of WJC).

Concentration Faculty

Jason OsherJason Osher, PhD

Director, Neuropsychology Concentration

Cara Pendergrass, PhD Cara Pendergrass, PhD

Faculty, Neuropsychology Concentration