Definition of a Pediatric Neuropsychologist
American Academy Of Pediatric Neuropsychology – September 2010

A Pediatric Neuropsychologist is a doctoral-level, licensed health service provider of neuropsychological diagnostic and intervention services who applies principles of assessment and intervention based upon the scientific study of developmental theory and behavior as it relates to normal and abnormal functioning of the developing central nervous system. Pediatric Neuropsychologists demonstrate competence in the application of these principles to settings where children live, work, learn and play.

The core requirements are:

A. Successful completion of systematic pre and post-doctoral didactic and experiential training in developmental theory, neuropsychology and related neurosciences at a regionally accredited university;
B. Two or more years of appropriate supervised post-doctoral training, applying pediatric neuropsychological services in a clinical setting;
C. Demonstration of competency through training, experience and examination in the following core areas:

  • Pediatric Neurosciences
  • Normal and Abnormal Psychological and Neurological Development
  • Neuropsychological and Neurological Diagnostics
  • Ethics and Legal Issues
  • The Application of Research Design and Statistics to Clinical Practice
  • Clinical and Rehabilitative Intervention Techniques
  • Consultation and Supervisory Practices
D. Possession of current licensure and/or certification to provide psychological services to the public by the laws of the state or province in which he or she practices.

While not commenting on the competency of neuropsychologists who have not sought board certification or who have met the requirements of other professional boards, the members of the AAPN hold that successful completion of all phases of assessment for, and attainment of the AAPN Diploma in Pediatric Neuropsychology represents the highest level of evidence for professional competency as a Pediatric Neuropsychologist.

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