Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan


  • Monica KuryloEmail author
  • Jessica Tsou
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_2031


Clinical extender; Neuropsychological technician; Psychological assistant; Psychology technician; Psychometrist


Psychometrician is a person trained to administer and score neuropsychological and psychological tests under the supervision of a licensed neuropsychologist or psychologist. Psychometricians also observe the client’s behavior during testing. They do not interpret tests; this is the domain of the neuropsychologist or psychologist. They have at least a bachelor’s degree and may be certified but are not typically licensed. Given the lack of standardized credentialing and different interpretations of the law, a psychometrician’s role and scope of practice can vary from state to state. National neuropsychologists’ organizations have established recommendations for the use, education, training, and supervision of psychometricians.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry and Rehabilitation MedicineUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterKansas CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterKansas CityUSA