Research Methods in Clinical Neuropsychology

Faculteit Gedrags- en MaatschappijWetenschappen
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode PSMNM-2
Vaknaam Research Methods in Clinical Neuropsychology
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Research Methods in Clinical Neuropsychology
Leerdoelen After the course, students have the knowledge and understanding of the following research designs and research standards:
• Basic study designs, such as cross sectional studies, case control studies, and cohort studies
• Randomized Controlled Trials (e.g. following CONSORT statement)
• Single case research designs: Design, application, and analysis
• Ethical considerations and research ethics in clinical neuropsychology

After the course, students understand important principles in the collection and analysis of clinical data, including:
• Pitfalls in the analysis of quasi-experimental clinical studies
• Evaluating treatment efficacy: Consequences of study type and expected effect size
• Clinical decision making using diagnostic tests: Development, application and interpretation of diagnostic tests
• Reevaluation of patients with neuropsychological impairments: Measurement of change in clinical neuropsychological practice and research
• Selection of intervention methods: Understanding meta-analyses (e.g. following PRISMA guidelines)
Omschrijving Clinical neuropsychology is concerned with the relationship between brain and behavior, in particular alterations of behavior following brain lesions. An individual working within clinical neuropsychology applies the knowledge about this relationship in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients suffering from various types of medical conditions (e.g. psychiatric or neurological disorders). For the selection and application of suitable methods in assessment and treatment, clinical neuropsychologists must be able to evaluate the utility of available approaches, measures and procedures for a given context and understand their theoretical and statistical underpinnings.
Students of this course will acquire crucial methodological skills that are required in the field of clinical neuropsychology. After the course, students have the knowledge and understanding of basic and advanced research designs and data analysis techniques that will enable them to evaluate and select clinical tools for the assessment and treatment of patients with neuropsychological conditions. Research designs covered in this course address a wide range of methods, such as cross-sectional studies, cohort studies, Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs), or single case research designs. Furthermore, students will learn about common pitfalls and misconceptions in the collection and analysis of clinical data. The topics that will be discussed include the analysis of quasi-experimental clinical data, clinical decision making using diagnostic tests, measurement of change in the reevaluation of patients with neuropsychological impairments, and the selection of intervention methods using meta-analytic techniques. The course also addresses important issues of scientific integrity and research ethics in clinical neuropsychology.
The present course is designed for students who aim to start a career in the field of clinical neuropsychology, in either the research or the applied (i.e. clinical) field. To guarantee the quality of teaching, the course has a limited capacity. In case of over-subscription, students from the master ‘Clinical Neuropsychology’ and ‘Klinische Neuropsychologie’ will have first priority. After all prioritized students have been placed, possible remaining spaces will be assigned based on "first come, first served"-rationale.
Students will acquire knowledge and skills through presentation of theoretical information and application in clinical neuropsychological research and practice.
Uren per week 2
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege
Toetsvorm schriftelijk tentamen (essay)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. A.B.M. Fuermaier
Docent(en) dr. A.B.M. Fuermaier
Opmerkingen Relevant articles and book chapters will be made available via Nestor
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students MSc level - Autumn semester (Sep-Jan) - semester I b keuze PS
Ma psychologie (EN)  (Ma psychologie (Clinical neuropsychology) ) 1 semester I b keuze M
Ma psychologie (NL)  (Ma psychologie (Klinische Neuropsychologie) ) 1 semester I b keuze M