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Education The Faculty Graduate Schools Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Sciences Research Master

specialization|Clinical Neuropsychology

theme|Mental Health: perspectives from Neuro- and Clinical Psychology

Research themes

The Clinical Neuropsychology specialization has three main aims:

  1. Increasing the practical and theoretical understanding of the associations between cognitive limitations, underlying brain dysfunctions and functioning in daily life.
  2. Increasing knowledge on neurological and psychiatric disorders in which cognitive functioning is impaired.
  3. Teaching how neuropsychological assessment and cognitive rehabilitation are applied in clinical practice.

Research Group

The Clinical Neuropsychology specialization is organized by the Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology expertise group, that strongly emphasizes the integration of fundamental and applied research, related to improving daily life activities and quality of life of people with neurological and psychiatric disorders.

The group studies attention, emotion/social cognition and executive functions, fitness to drive, visual perception in clinical groups, taking into account how the different (dys)functions interact in patients. Particular emphasis is placed on the consequences of cognitive dysfunctions on the patients’ functioning in daily life. By this, the group’s research is typically applied in nature.

The research approach can best be described as multi-method: advanced experimental cognitive techniques and up-to-date neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation methods are complemented by psychophysiological and brain imaging techniques. Rehabilitation methods and other psychosocial interventions are developed for special needs and abilities. The close collaboration with the medical, biological and educational disciplines provides unique possibilities for interdisciplinary research.

Multidisciplinary programme

The Research Master with specialization Clinical Neuropsychology is part of the theme Mental Health: perspectives from Neuro- and Clinical Psychology within a multidisciplinary program.

Theme courses Mental Health: perspectives from Neuro- and Clinical Psychology (15 EC)
  • MH: a multidimensional perspective
  • MH: advanced research methods
  • Neuropsychological assessment
Specialization courses Clinical Neuropsychology (10 EC)
  • Research in Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Literature study
Possibility to do a clinical traineeship (20 EC)

For students from this theme it is possible to arrange a clinical traineeship. A clinical science traineeship allows a student to integrate work in clinical practice and a scientific perspective.

A student conducting a clinical traineeship follows a fixed programme. It is mandatory to have completed the theme course Neuropsychological assessment before the start of the clinical traineeship. Having completed the course Statistical Modelling of Single Cases is strongly advised.

Elective courses (10 EC)
  • Evidence-based interventions
  • Experimental psychopathology
  • Development, learning and instruction
  • Complexity, dynamics and development
  • Lifespan Coaching
  • Economy and society: Critical transitions in Advanced Industrialised Societies
  • Solidarity and social contexts
  • Researching power and leadership
  • Understanding working life: Major Theories and Research Trends in Organizational Psychology
  • Cultural psychology
  • Diversity in society: current issues and challenges
  • Environmental psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Multilevel analysis
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Statistical analysis of social networks
  • Statistical modelling of single cases
Compulsory modules for all students (85 EC)
  • How to theorize
  • Reflecting on science and integrity
  • Multidisciplinary research in action
  • Advanced statistics
  • Applied statistics
  • Elective statistics course
  • Seminars
  • Traineeship
  • How to write an effective research proposal
  • Master’s thesis
Last modified:15 March 2022 1.55 p.m.