Neuropsychology as a profession in Italy

Alessandra Onida, Antonella Di Vita, Filippo Bianchini, Diego Rivera, Alejandra Morlett-Paredes, Cecilia Guariglia, Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to analyze the characteristics of individuals working in the field of neuropsychology in Italy, as part of a larger study examining the practice of neuropsychology across various countries. They were asked about their background, professional training, current work situation, types of assessment, preferred diagnostic procedures, as well as the rehabilitation techniques, their targeted populations, teaching responsibilities, and research activities. A total of 154 professionals completed an online survey from April 28, 2016 through June 30, 2016. The majority of participants were women, with a mean age of 42.6 years. Participants reported working for the National Health System, in private practice, or in private rehabilitation facilities. Overall, they reported being very satisfied with their work. Those who identified themselves as neuropsychologists primarily assessed individuals with dementia, stroke, movement disorders, and traumatic brain injury. While the majority of participants declared no problems with the instruments they used, others reported complaints, including but not limited to the financial cost of current neuropsychological tests and the lack of psychometric support. The main perceived obstacles were the lack of willingness to collaborate among professionals, the scarcity of academic training programs, and the lack of clinical training opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Neuropsychology:Adult
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2018

Keywords

  • Clinical neuropsychology
  • diagnosis
  • Italy
  • practice
  • rehabilitation
  • training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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