What is a neuropsychologist?

Dr. Burns

By Thomas G. Burns, Psy.D., ABPP/ABCN

A psychologist has a doctoral degree. A psychologist has studied how the brain works and how this affects the way a person thinks, acts or feels.

A neuropsychologist is typically a psychologist who has additional training and experience in understanding brain-behavior relationships. A neuropsychologist has an advanced degree in psychology, known as a Ph.D. or Psy.D. A neuropsychologist usually works with psychiatrists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists and other medical specialists as a team to coordinate a child's care.

A pediatric neuropsychologist has additional training or experience specifically in working with children and adolescents and their special needs. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta has full-time pediatric neuropsychologists on staff to provide assessment and consultation services for a wide variety of problems in children and adolescents from infancy through young adulthood.