February, Issue 8 Psychology Advising Office (619)594-5412 Location: Life Sciences Rm. 3 Featured Program of the Month: Neuropsychology Ψ Where do Neuropsychologists work? As a Clinical Neuropsychologist How should I prepare? It is important to note that Neuropsychology programs are Important Dates Ph.D., you may be employed by competitive. You are going to a public, private or university want to concentrate on your GPA February 11th: hospital or medical group, a ADD/DROP Deadline and show strong grades in your specific rehabilitation facility, a statistical methodology courses (i.e. February 11th: Last day specialty hospital (perhaps one A’s and B’s in Statistics, Testing to file for May & August that treats children or one that and Measurement, and 2005 graduation treats patients with mental Experimental Psychology). illnesses), or by a private Prepare for and take the GRE. You February 14th: practice. Although uncommon, may want to consider taking a prep- Valentine’s Day! some work for school districts course before taking the exam. and even nursing home facilities. February 17th: Getting as much research In addition, one may be Graduate School experience as soon as possible is What is Neuropsychology? employed at a university as a Workshop GMCS 333, highly recommended. professor and/or researcher. 3:30pm Opportunities regarding research Neuropsychology, which has Research may also be conducted experience can be found on the February 19th: WPA test recently been recognized by APA at federal organizations such as 499-board located outside LS3 or date (American Psychological the National Institutes of Health, by contacting an SDSU professor Association), is one of the most or at a privately funded institute March 2nd: Applications about their current research due for Psi Chi exciting and fascinating areas of such as the Salk Institute. For a projects. psychology today. There is a Masters level Neuropsychologist, March 4th: Applications high emphasis on brain damage opportunities would include The following classes at SDSU due for Peer Advising and diseased regions of the brain assisting in a research lab, testing are good preparation: and its effects on behavior and patients, coordinating data, doing Psy 410 (Experimental cognitive functioning, making it data analysis, making Psychology) a scientific discipline that bridges presentations and publishing. Psy 360 (Behavioral Neuroscience) We’’rre on tthe Web!! We e on he Web the fields of neurology and What will I make as a Psy 361 (Neuropsychology) Seee us a :: Seee ussattt: S u a psychology. Neuropsychology is Neuropsychologist? Psy 362 (Cognitive Neuroscience) an assessment of the brain/ Psy 370 (Testing & Measurement) www ps ych o o gy sd u. ed u www..psychollogy..sdssu.edu// y y behavior relationship. The pay scale in this field is adviissing//adviisiing...httm Psy 380 (Cognitive Psychology) adv i ng ad v s n g h m v d variable. To inquire about wages The job of a Neuropsychologist Psy 388 (Sensation &Perception) visit the APA website or The Psy 499 (Research) involves working with people National Academy of both young and old. Neuropsychology Responsibilities range from For more information check out the Special Recognition (www.nanonline.org). following website: running scientific research labs, Congratulations to conducting clinical interviews What are the academic and assessments, writing up the http://web.sfn.org/Template.cfm?S Michele E. Villalobos, an requirements? findings in a report, presenting ection=PublicResources undergraduate student in Dr. Ralph-Axel Muller’s the findings to patients, families, A Ph.D. in cognitive lab. 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