According to accepted guidelines, clinical neuropsychologists are doctoral-level licensed psychologists who have obtained two years of additional postdoctoral training and specialized supervision in the practice of clinical neuropsychology. Some psychologists may call themselves a neuropsychologist or say that they are using neuropsychological tests for your evaluation but it will be up to you to verify whether they have the appropriate education, training, and specialized expertise to have qualified to become a Board-Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist.
The clearest demonstration that a practitioner has had the requisite training and experience is through board certification by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology (ABCN) of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). An ABCN/ABPP board-certified clinical neuropsychologist has undergone a very rigorous and lengthy certification process, which includes a credential review, passing a written exam, submitting work sample reports for review and acceptance by experts, and passing a lengthy and detailed oral exam. Dr. Joseph Snow achieved ABPP/ABCN board certification in clinical neuropsychology in 2010.
By seeking a Board-Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist for your neuropsychological evaluation, you can ensure that you have sought a professional with the highest level of training and specialization in the field to provide you with diagnostic impressions and treatment recommendations. Some types of evaluations, such as FAA evaluations, require that the neuropsychologist must be a Board-Certified or Board-eligible Clinical Neuropsychologist or your evaluation may not be accepted by the FAA.