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Adult and Old-Age Clinical Neuropsychology: Theory and Assessment


Entry requirements

For students from the master’s specialization Clinical Neuropsychology, it is either mandatory to complete this course, or the course “Child Neuropsychology: Theory and assessment of Neurodevelopmental Disorders”. For students from other specialisations, prior knowledge is assumed on a level of the Bachelor 3 course Clinical Neuropsychology.


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 psychiatric disease in adult and elderly patients. All instructors are (clinical) neuropsychologists working in the (academic) health service.

The course involves 7 lectures addressing the following content domains:

  • General principles of clinical neuropsychology

  • Functional Neuroanatomy

  • Dementias

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Cerebrovascular Disease

  • Neuropsychiatric Disorders

  • Neuropharmacology

Course objectives

On completion of the course students have obtained a detailed understanding of the affective, behavioural and cognitive manifestations of diseases of the central nervous system, particularly those affecting the brain, in adults and elderly people.


For the timetables of your lectures, work groups and exams, please select your study programme in:
Psychology timetables




Students need to enroll for lectures and work group sessions.
Master’s course registration


Students are not automatically enrolled for an examination. They can register via uSis from 100 to 10 calendar days before the date. Students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the examination.
Registering for exams

Mode of instruction

The course consists of 7 2-hour lectures. Presence is mandatory.

Assessment method

Active participation in the course, written exam (multiple-choice and 1 essay question). The final grade is based on the MC grade (5/6) and grade on essay (1/6).

The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences has instituted that instructors use a software programme for the systematic detection of plagiarism in students’ written work. In case of fraud disciplinary actions will be taken. Please see the information concerning fraud.

Reading list

Lezak, M.D., Howieson, D.B., Bigler, E.D., Tranel, D. Neuropsychological Assessment. 5th Revised Edition. Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN: 0195395522.


  • Strub R.L. F.W. Black. F.A. The mental status examination in Neurology. 3rd Edition. Davis Company 1993. ISBN: 0-8036-8212-3.

  • Marshall,M. (Edt.). Perspectives on rehabilitation and dementia. Jessica Kingsley Publishers London 2005. ISBN: 1-84310-286-2.

  • Vanderploeg, R.D. (Edt.) Clinician’s guide to neuropsychological assessment. 2rd Edition. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publicers London 2000. ISBN 0-8058-2834-6

  • Syllabus

Contact information

Dr. Dominique van den Heuvel