Neuropsychology Technician at Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Posted in Other 2 days ago.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description:

The Massachusetts General Hospital Psychology Assessment Center (PAC) is a neuropsychological and psychological assessment service for individuals across the life span, from infancy through geriatrics, which receives referrals from a wide range of medical specialties including neurology, psychiatry, primary care, pediatrics, and oncology. The PAC provides neuropsychological evaluations to approximately 1500 outpatients per year.

Working in a team of four under the supervision of the Program Manager of the PAC, the Neuropsychology Technician (a.k.a. Psychometrician or Psychometrist) supports twelve staff neuropsychologists in conducting clinical neuropsychological evaluations. The Neuropsychology Technician administers a wide range of standardized neuropsychological tests to both adult and pediatric patients with a diverse range of acquired or developmental neurocognitive disorders. Testing is done in conjunction with the clinical interview of the patient/family member(s)/caregiver(s) by the staff neuropsychologist, who will also conduct some of the testing. The Neuropsychology Technician will also score the tests and compile a data sheet for each patient seen in the clinic. Other responsibilities include maintenance of test equipment and record forms in working condition and good supply, as well as establish/maintain appropriate testing environments within the clinic.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Administer standardized neuropsychological tests that assess cognitive and behavioral functioning (including intelligence, attention/executive functions, memory, language, visuospatial/quantitative abilities, mood, and personality) to both adult and pediatric patients.

  • Observe patient during and after testing, record behavioral observations and report to psychologist any information that may affect the validity of test results.

  • Maintain an up-to-date and thorough knowledge of the administration procedures for a wide variety of neuropsychological measures, to ensure the validity of the test results.

  • Establish rapport with patients, being sensitive to their psychiatric and/or neurological state over a testing session of up to several hours.

  • Make observations of the patient's behavior and affect during the evaluation and record these in a concise, systematic manner.

  • Maintain an up-to-date and thorough knowledge of hospital policies and procedures relating to patient care and safety.

  • Accurately score all tests per standardized methods. Maintain an up-to-date and thorough knowledge of the scoring procedures for a wide variety of neuropsychological measures.

  • Create a summary score sheet in Excel for each patient, detailing their performance by cognitive domain compared to the normative sample for each test.

  • Enter scores and other data into a database as necessary.

  • Assist with maintenance of test equipment and record forms.

  • Help establish and maintain an appropriate testing environment.

  • Perform other related duties as required.


Skills Required

  • Basic computer skills, specifically Microsoft Office

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with and elicit cooperation from diverse patient populations, including patients with significant cognitive, behavioral, and psychiatric problems.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with other professional and administrative staff across multiple departments.

  • Strong communication skills and ability to efficiently and effectively communicate with professional and administrative staff across multiple departments.

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to multi-task and prioritize.

  • Excellent observational skills and the ability to record and convey those observations systematically and reliably through writing.

  • Ability to take direction from clinical supervisors.

Additional Skills (preferred not required)

  • Excel programming experience

  • Knowledge of SPSS

  • Spanish-speaking

EEO Statement

Massachusetts GeneralHospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, wechoose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals withdisabilities are strongly encouraged.
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