It means that the neuropsychologist has gone through a challenging certification process that is designed to assess both scientific knowledge and clinical skill in the practice of neuropsychology, and to provide external evidence of competence in this area of specialty practice.
A neuropsychologist who is board certified by the ABPP has gone through the following four steps:
• Credential Review
Ascertains that the following eligibility guidelines have been met: a doctoral degree from an APA-accredited program, completion of an APA-accredited internship, licensure as a psychologist, and completion of a 2-year postdoctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology that conforms to The Houston Conference training guidelines.
• Written Examination
Involves passing an exam that demonstrates knowledge in the following domain areas: neuropsychological assessment, clinical neuropsychology, basic and clinical neurosciences, behavioral (clinical) neurology, and general clinical psychology.
• Review of Practice Samples
Involves passing a review of 2 clinical reports by a group of three board certified neuropsychologists, which demonstrates skills in clinical practice and communication of findings.
• Oral Examination
Involves passing a 3-hour oral examination that demonstrates scientific knowledge and clinical expertise in assessment, consultation, intervention, and ethical practice.