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Title: Neuropsychology in Greece: Results from a survey of practicing professionals
Authors: Liozidou, Athanasia 
Traikapi, Artemis 
Stanitsa, Evangelia 
Kontaxopoulou, Dionysia 
Fragkiadaki, Stella 
Beratis, Ion 
Nunez-Fernandez, Silvia 
Rivera, Diego 
Kingsley, Kristine 
Arango-Lasprilla, Juan Carlos 
Major Field of Science: Medical and Health Sciences
Field Category: Clinical Medicine
Keywords: Greece;Neuropsychology;Practices;Profession;Training
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 2021
Journal: Applied Neuropsychology: Adult 
Abstract: Neuropsychology is a fast-growing specialty in Greece. This study surveyed the status of neuropsychologists in Greece investigating several aspects of the profession. An online-based questionnaire collected data from December 2019 to February 2020. A total of 133 participants specialized in neuropsychology were included in the final sample: 81% of the participants were women with a mean age of 35 years. In the total sample, 25.8% of the participants reported working in the hospital system, 18.5% in the university or college, and 17.7% in a private practice job. Greek professionals cited to engage actively in assessment (87.9%), in research (65.1%), in rehabilitation (47.7%), and teaching (30.2%). Professionals primarily declared to assess individuals with dementia (80.3%), depression (47.7%), and stroke (44.0%), and they reported neurologists, psychiatrists and psychologists as their leading sources of referrals. The top five perceived barriers to the field include the lack of recognized specialty (75.9%), the lack of clinical training opportunities (63.9%), the lack of strong professional associations (57.9%), the lack of access to neuropsychological instruments (57.9%) and the lack of willingness to collaborate between professionals (48.9%). The average monthly income of professionals represents a ratio of 0.76 in comparison to that of other scientists in the country and is the lowest reported among other countries. Despite the significant development of the profession, it is essential to create more clinical training opportunities, apply practices systematically to diverse populations, redefine the specialty of neuropsychology in the national health system of the country, and advocate for the profession.
ISSN: 2327-9109
DOI: 10.1080/23279095.2021.1944145
Rights: © Taylor & Francis
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Type: Article
Affiliation : The Scientific College of Greece 
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens 
Henry Dunant Hospital Center 
Cyprus University of Technology 
Eginition University Hospital 
University of West Attica 
American College of Greece 
BioCruces Bizkaia Health Research Institute 
Universidad Pública de Navarra 
Institute of Cognitive and Emotional Wellness 
Yeshiva University 
Basque Foundation for Science 
University of Basque Country 
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