Neuropsychology Residency

Duration: 5 years
University Credits: 300 (60 training in Psychotherapy)
Admissions: Competition by Public Notice
Degree awarded: Specialist in Neuropsychology, qualifying for Psychotherapy (Italian DM 246/2006)



Course Situs and Admissions Requirements

The Santa Lucia Foundation is home to the Residency in Neuropsychology, whose degree is awarded by the Faculty of Psychology 1 at Sapienza University of Rome. The Residency can accept for admission candidates in possession of a Graduate Degree in Psychology or equivalent credential. For enrollment it is required the applicant hold the credentials to practice as a psychologist or anticipate such licensing by the first next available date set for the Italian State Exam.


Educational Goals

The Specialist in Neuropsychology must have a mature theoretical knowledge, scientific background and professional experience in the field of cognitive disorders and emotional-motivational, associated injury or dysfunction of the nervous system in different periods of life (development, adulthood and elderly). Particular emphasis is given to diagnostic behavioral, cognitive and behavioral rehabilitation, monitoring the evolution of the deficits detected and sub-specialized interdisciplinary aspects, such as forensic psychology. Of 300 University Credits (so called “CFU” in Italian university system), 60 are dedicated to Psychotherapy with the aim of promoting skills training for the planning and implementation of interventions in the psychotherapeutic community.


Neuropsychology: Features

Neuropsychology is the science that studies human alterations of cognitive functions, caused by injury, focal dysfunction or diffuse central nervous system issues, either acquired or genetically determined. For its application in the clinical setting the program requires detailed anatomical and physiological knowledge of the central nervous system, cognitive models of information processing, neuropsychological deficits resulting from different types of neurological diseases, metabolic, genetic and internal medicine. It also requires skills in using the tools of behavioral analysis (clinical observation, psychometric tests, etc.) and rehabilitation methods for neuropsychological deficits.