Applied Clinical Neuropsychology

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Applied Clinical Neuropsychology

SKU# 9780826104748

An Introduction

Author: Jan Leslie Holtz PhD


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"Luring readers in...with meticulously woven clinical vignettes, Holtz masterfully presents the mechanics and the art of neuropsychology....students will appreciate the historical roots of neuropsychology, [and] will understand the multiplex systems of current neuropsychological approaches..."

-Nancy S. Koven, PhD
Bates College

"...there has not been an available text focusing on the application of the basic principles in clinical neuropsychological practice....Finally, a text is available to remedy this problem."

-Dennis Andersen, MS, LMHC
Eastern Washington University

"A valuable introduction to the field of clinical neuropsychology and its terminology, this text fills a void. The reader gains an appreciation for the multifaceted role of the clinical neuropsychologist, not only as an assessor of cognitive functioning but also as a treatment professional."

Lauren Littlefield, PhD,
Washington College

This breakthrough introductory text-unlike all other clinical neuropsychology textbooks on the market-introduces advanced undergraduate students and clinicians in training to the field by showing undergraduate students how clinical neuropsychologists actually practice their craft. The book uncovers the professional issues that clinical neuropsychologists deal with daily, including neurogenerative disorders, acquired disorders, ethical practice issues, interviewing, testing, prognosis and treatment planning, drug prescriptions, and more.

Using case studies culled from the author's own clinical work, the book provides students with firsthand accounts of neuropsychology in action. As the first textbook to integrate real, practical applications of neuropsychology, it covers the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with brain illness or injury, as opposed to examining brain structures and functions alone. This innovative, application-based approach to neuropsychology is guaranteed to give students a clear, comprehensive understanding of what neuropsychology is and what neuropsychologists do.

Key features:

  • Covers core concepts of neuropsychology, including neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, brain structure and function, and disorders of the central nervous system
  • Includes application-based topics not covered in traditional texts, such as: differential diagnosis; individual, group, and family therapy; and psychopharmacology
  • Discusses test theory and evaluation, examining tests of intellectual abilities, memory functioning, and more
  • Extensive instructors' ancillary package available with test questions and nearly 100 illustrations in PowerPoint format

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 20, 2010
  • Page Count 600
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826104748
  • EISBN 9780826104755

Table of Contents 

1 Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
2 The Nervous System: Structure and Function
3 Neuropathology – Neurodegenerative Disorders
4 Neuropathology – Acquired Disorders
5 Issues in Clinical Neuropsychological Practice
6 Interviewing in Clinical Neuropsychology
7 Tests of Intellectual Abilities
8 Tests of Memory Functioning
9 Neuropsychological Test Batteries
10 Differential Diagnosis
11 Prognosis and Treatment Planning
12 Cognitive and Memory Rehabilitation
13 Individual Therapy
14 Family and Group Therapy
15 Psychopharmacology
16 Pediatric Neuropsychology
17 Geriatric Neuropsychology
18 The Future of Clinical Neuropsychology