What is a Psychologist?
In Arizona, only individuals with a doctoral-level degree in psychology and a current license by the Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners may call themselves a "psychologist". Psychologists with doctoral degrees (PhD, PsyD or EdD) receive one of the highest levels of education of all health care professionals, spending an average of seven years in education and training after they receive their undergraduate degrees. After years of graduate school and supervised training, they become licensed by their states to provide a number of services, including evaluations and psychotherapy. Psychologists help by using a variety of techniques based on the best available research. Psychologists are also trained to administer and interpret a number of tests and assessments that can help diagnose a condition or tell more about the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. These tests may evaluate intellectual skills, cognitive strengths and weaknesses, vocational aptitude and preference, personality characteristics and neuropsychological functioning, although some assessments require additional training. (APA, www.apa.org)
What is Clinical Neuropsychology?
Clinical neuropsychology is a specialty profession that focuses on brain functioning. A clinical neuropsychologist is a licensed psychologist with expertise in how behavior and skills are related to brain structures and systems. Neuropsychological assessments involve testing of attention, memory, executive functioning, and other thinking skills, in order to determine patterns of strengths and weaknesses, which can help with diagnosis and treatment planning. (APA Div. 40)
About Dr. Patricia Beldotti:
Dr. Beldotti is the owner and founder of Tucson Neuropsychology Associates. She is a licensed psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals with health, behavior, and emotional issues in a variety of settings. Her experience includes activities related to clinical psychology, neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology, and health psychology. Her primary focus for many years has been on providing neuropsychological and psychological assessment services for diagnosis, identifying strengths and weaknesses, identifying treatment goals, and providing recommendations to address areas of need.
The most common conditions that Dr. Beldotti has assessed for include ADHD, Autism, Developmental Disability, Learning Disorders (including Dyslexia), neurological conditions (TBI, concussions, stroke, post-neurosurgery, brain tumor, etc.), and cognitive or behavioral issues related to other medical or neuromuscular conditions. In addition to providing assessment, she has many years of experience in the past with providing cognitive remediation services and counseling support to individuals recovering from brain injury. In addition to direct clinical work, Dr. Beldotti has also provided supervision and training to staff and students, has taught graduate level classes to students in psychology programs, and has presented at the regional and national level to healthcare staff, clinicians, school personnel, and members of the community.
Dr. Beldotti has been licensed as a psychologist in Arizona since 2009 and was licensed in Pennsylvania prior to that. She earned her doctorate degree (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from PCOM, a master's degree in Clinical & Counseling Psychology from La Salle Univeristy in Philadelphia, PA, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Widener University. Dr. Beldotti completed various training positions during her undergraduate and graduate programs in counseling, Autism, brain injury rehabilitation, rehabilitation psychology, neuropsychological assessment, and psychological assessment. She completed her full-time internship year and a 2-year post-doctoral training program in neuropsychology in the neurorehabilitation department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (NIH T-32 Grant position). Additional post-doctoral training was completed in neuropsychological assessment with children and adults in an outpatient private practice. Dr. Beldotti has had memberships to relevant professional organizations over the years (American Psychological Association, Arizona Psychological Organization, Southern AZ Psychological Association, American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, Brain Injury Association, CHADD, etc.). She has served on the board of the Southern AZ Psychological Association (SAPA) for many years, including serving as President and Chair of the Continuing Education Committee.
Meet our Office Staff:
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