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PSYC6084: Health and Neuropsychology

This unit aims to integrate neuropsychology and health psychology to understand the psychological implications of health disorders/disabilities across the lifespan. The health psychology component will examine the relationships between psychological and physical functioning across a range of medical disorders and the way in which cognitive and behavioural factors influence psychological and physical functioning of those with health-related problems. This component of the course will be concerned with theories and interventions that improve quality of life for people with medical problems. The course will aim to investigate theories and practice in the areas of adjustment to illness, working with patients and their families with chronic illness and dealing with death and dying. The neuropsychology component of this unit of study will introduce students to core neuropsychological concepts in the common disorders that involve the central nervous system. The course aims to develop students’ understanding of functional brain organisation, recovery of function, core neuropsychological syndromes and rehabilitation. Lectures will include theoretical components, case presentations, informed by a research evidence base and discussions.

Code PSYC6084
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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PSYC6083
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand how ill health and neuropsychological difficulties affect the core principles and theoretical models that underpin current evidence-based practice with socially and culturally diverse clients
  • LO2. develop advanced knowledge of the relevant current theories, principles, approaches, and practices of health psychology, informed by a research evidence base
  • LO3. formulate conceptualisations of presenting issues that include the impact of physical ill health on psychological processes and mental ill health
  • LO4. develop advanced knowledge of the relevant current theories, principles, approaches, and practices of neuropsychology, informed by a research evidence base
  • LO5. formulate conceptualisations of presenting issues that include the impact of neuropsychological difficulties on cognitive and psychological processes
  • LO6. implement appropriate, empirically supported interventions, and monitor clients’ progress and intervention outcomes
  • LO7. work effectively with a range of professional and support staff and communicate effectively, within the bounds of ethical and legal requirements