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Welcome to the Clinical Neuropsychology Laboratory website

The Clinical Neuropsychology Laboratory is directed by Professor Shawn Christ and is located within the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri. Research in the CNL is aimed at increasing our understanding of the cognitive and neural processes underlying typical and atypical development. As such, much of our work focuses on the development of cognitive abilities in children with neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, phenylketonuria). In addition to conducting behavioral studies, we also utilize neuroimaging techniques (functional and structural MRI; diffusion tensor imaging) to better elucidate the neural substrates of cognition in individuals with and without early brain injury. The long-term goal of our research is to facilitate the design and implementation of more effective rehabilitation strategies to improve cognition, daily function, and quality of life for children and adults with brain injury.

* We regularly consider applications for graduate study in both the clinical psychology as well as the cognition and neuroscience training areas. Interested applicants should read out directly to Dr. Christ regarding whether we are considering applications for a given admission cycle. Potential applicants should also see the Graduate Program’s website for application instructions.

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The CNL is a research-dedicated entity and not a clinical service provider. For neuropsychological assessment services, we recommend that you contact the following MU-affiliated care providers directly:

  • Adult Neuropsychology Clinic
    Located at 115 Business Loop 70 W in Columbia, MO, the Adult Neuropsychology Clinic provides outpatient neuropsychological assessment services for individuals with developmental and acquired neurocognitive difficulties.
    Phone: (573) 882-1561
  • The Thompson Center for Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders
    Located at 300 Portland Street in Columbia, MO, the Thompson Center provides diagnostic, assessment and treatment services for children, youth, and young adults with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions.
    Phone: (573) 882-6081