Health and rehabilitation psychologists work closely with physicians to accomplish overall health-related goals. Health and rehabilitation psychologists strive to understand how biological, behavioral, and social factors influence health and apply psychological principles to promote optimal health and wellbeing. These specialized psychologists evaluate the emotional, cognitive, social, and interpersonal issues that result from and contribute to patients’ health status and medical treatment. Once assessed, interventions are designed to minimize the effects of medical conditions or assist with coping and adjustment with a focus on improved functioning and quality of life.
Clinical neuropsychology is a subspecialty dealing with the science of brain-behavior relationships. The clinical neuropsychologist specializes in the application of assessment and intervention principles based on the scientific study of human behavior across the lifespan as it relates to normal and abnormal functioning of the central nervous system.