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Unit information: Development and Rehabilitation in 2020/21

Unit name Development and Rehabilitation
Unit code PSYCM0027
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Kit Pleydell-Pearce
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


This unit aims to provide students with an understanding of the effects of brain damage/disease across the life span. Students will develop an understanding of the principles of biological recovery from brain damage and will experience critical analysis of evidence concerning methods of rehabilitation for acquired neuropsychological disabilities caused by neurological disease/brain damage.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  1. develop competence in clinical practice pertaining to rehabilitation.
  2. develop an understanding of the changing risk factors for various forms of neurological disorder across the human lifespan and how lifespan issues impact upon rehabilitation options.
  3. demonstrate the ability to review and employ published evidence when discussing contemporary rehabilitation techniques. To do this in a way which indicates critical thought, analysis and appraisal, with awareness of the limits of current knowledge.
  4. demonstrate appreciation of the integration of clinical practice, clinical knowledge and basic neuroscience in principles of rehabilitation, and to show how these components become synthesised within an overall perspective.
  5. show critical evaluation of current approaches to rehabilitation using evidence-based argument.

Teaching details

Students will attend a series of lectures delivered by practicing clinicians during a one week teaching block. Contact hours = 20 via online lectures. This meets strict accreditation requirements for professional programmes conferring the highest UK award for professional training in clinical neuropsychology. This unit is also employed on non-accredited programmes but these students may be able to seek retrospective accreditation should they complete a UK DClinPsych.

Assessment Details

Short turnaround (24 hour) alternative assessment. Answer one long question from four options (1500 word limit, excluding inline references. Answer 8 short questions (max 500 word limit, excluding inline references) from ten options. Long answer delivers 36% of mark, short answers deliver 64% of mark (8% per question).

Reading and References




  • Donders, J. & Hunter, S. (2010) Principles and Practice of Lifespan Developmental Neuropsychology. Cambridge University Press. ONLINE ASSESS
  • Halligan, P. & Wade, D. (2005) The effectiveness of rehabilitation for cognitive deficits. Oxford University Press. ONLINE ACCESSSpecific emphasis on the evidence base underpinning various aspects of cognitive rehabilitation (attention, memory, language, executive functions).
  • Goldstein, L. & McNeil, J. (2005) Clinical Neuropsychology: A practical guide to assessment and management for clinicians. Wiley-Backwell. ONLINE ACCESS. See chapters on neuropsychological rehabilitation.
  • Noggle, C. A. & Dean, R. S. (Eds) (2012) Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. Springer. Arts and Social Sciences (RC387.5NEU)
  • Ponsford, J., Sloan, S.& Snow, P. (2017) Traumatic brain injury: Rehabilitation for everyday adaptive living (2nd ed). LEA. Arts and Social Sciences (RC387.5 PON)
  • Stuss, D., Winocur, G. & Robertson, I. (2008) Cognitive Neurorehabilitation: Evidence and Application. Cambridge University Press. ONLINE ACCESS. A fundamental text, covering a wide array of topics – highly recommended.
  • Tate, R. L. (2012) Rehabilitation of Traumatic Brain Injury. In: The Oxford Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology (Paul Kennedy (Ed). Oxford University Press. ONLINE ACCESS
  • Tyerman, A. & King, N. (2008) Psychological approaches to rehabilitation after brain Injury. Blackwell. Arts and Social Sciences (RC387.5 PSY)
  • Wilson, B., Gracey, F., Evans, J. & Bateman, A. (2009) Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: Theory, Models, Therapy and Outcome. Cambridge UP. ONLINE ACCESS. An important book, distilling the clinical models and experience of the UK’s flagship neuropsychological rehabilitation setting – Oliver Zangwill Centre.
  • Wood, R. Ll. & McMillan, T. (Eds) (2017) Neurobehavioural disabilities and social handicap following traumatic brain injury (2nd ed). Psychology Press. Arts and Social Sciences (RC387.5 NEU)