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Diagnostics in Clinical Neuropsychology


Entry requirements

Mandatory course for CNP, open to all CNP Master students.


This course provides theoretical foundations in the clinical neuropsychological assessment and diagnostic work-up of cognitive, emotional and/or behavioral consequences as result of (possible) neurological or neuropsychiatric disease in adolescent, adult and elderly patients. Students are taught to apply the theoretical foundations to actual patient data and case reports. All instructors are (clinical) neuropsychologists working in the (academic) health service. The course involves 6 lectures addressing the following content domains: Dementias, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Neuropsychiatric Disorders, MS and Epilepsy.

Course objectives

Upon completion of this course, students will:
1. have detailed theoretical understanding of the affective, behavioral and cognitive manifestations of diseases of the central nervous system, particularly those affecting the brain, during lifespan.
2. have basic professional skills for competent professional practice of neuropsychological assessment and report.
3. have knowledge of the ethical guidelines and are able to apply them in Diagnostics.


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable

Course registration

NOTE As of the academic year 2021-2022, you must register for all courses in uSis.
You do this twice a year: once for the courses you want to take in semester 1 and once for the courses you want to take in semester 2.
Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from early August. Registration for courses in the first semester is possible from December. The exact date on which the registration starts will be published on the website of the Student Service Center (SSC)

By registering for a course you are also automatically registered for the Brightspace module. Anyone who is not registered for a course therefore does not have access to the Brightspace module and cannot participate in the first sit of the exam of that course.
Also read the complete registration procedure

Mode of instruction

6 lectures (2 hours each)

8 workgroups (8x3 hours):

  • In 3 practice workgroup sessions students practice in small groups with neuropsychological test material in combination with self-study prior to the workgroup (readers that will be provided on Brightspace). Role playing and scoring and analysis of test performance will be used as teaching methods.

  • In 5 seminars the students get acquainted with observing patients, taking an anamnesis, interpreting test results, writing a report/conclusion and conducting a simple result interview with a patient. Observation and analysis of test reports based on actual patients will be used as teaching methods.

In order to pass the course, students need to attend at least 75% of the workgroups.

Assessment method

50% Exam – 40 MC questions (course objective 1)
The MC exam is based on the literature (Lezak) and the content of the lectures. Language: English.

50% Individual assignment – timed case assignment assessing the scoring, interpretation and integration of neuropsychological test results (course objective 2 and 3)

The individual assignment assesses the practical abilities taught in the eight workgroup sessions and the application of the readers provided on Brightspace. Students are allowed to use all materials used in the course (open book format). Language: Dutch or English (preference of the student).

Students will have to receive a passing grade for all two elements combined. The exam grade should be 5.0 or higher for each individual element.

Information about reviewing and discussing the exam and individual assignment will be provided through Brightspace during the course.

Reading list

  • Lezak 5th edition

  • NIP richtlijnen beroepscode

  • Online documentation

Contact information

Dr. D.M.J. van den Heuvel

Dr. M.H.G. Claessen