Profession of neuropsychology in Latin America Article

Arango-Lasprilla, JC, Stevens, L, Morlett Paredes, A et al. (2017). Profession of neuropsychology in Latin America . APPLIED NEUROPSYCHOLOGY-ADULT, 24(4), 318-330. 10.1080/23279095.2016.1185423

cited authors

  • Arango-Lasprilla, JC; Stevens, L; Morlett Paredes, A; Ardila, A; Rivera, D



  • The purpose of this study was to analyze characteristics of individuals working in the profession of neuropsychology in Latin America in order to understand their background, professional training, current work situation, assessment and diagnostic procedures used, rehabilitation techniques employed, population targeted, teaching responsibilities, and research activities. A total of 808 professionals working in neuropsychology from 17 countries in Latin America completed an online survey between July 2013 and January 2014. The majority of participants were female and the mean age was 36.76 years (range 21–74 years). The majority of professionals working in neuropsychology in Latin America have a background in psychology, with some additional specialized training and supervised clinical practice. Over half work in private practice, universities, or private clinics and are quite satisfied with their work. Those who identify themselves as clinicians primarily work with individuals with learning problems, ADHD, mental retardation, TBI, dementia, and stroke. The majority respondents cite the top barrier in the use of neuropsychological instruments to be the lack of normative data for their countries. The top perceived barriers to the field include: lack of academic training programs, lack of clinical training opportunities, lack of willingness to collaborate between professionals, and lack of access to neuropsychological instruments. There is a need in Latin America to increase regulation, improve graduate curriculums, enhance existing clinical training, develop professional certification programs, validate existing neuropsychological tests, and create new, culturally-relevant instruments.

publication date

  • July 4, 2017

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start page

  • 318

end page

  • 330


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