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date: 17 October 2019

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The neuropsychology specialization at Wayne State University was probably the first organized training experience in neuropsychology housed entirely within a clinical psychology training program. The genesis of this neuropsychology training experience was dependent on a critical mass of faculty who brought a convergence of psychological expertise from a variety of disciplines inside and outside clinical psychology. The primary driving force was the vision of Gerald Rosenbaum, who saw the critical relevance of the central nervous system to the understanding of psychopathology. Rosenbaum’s influences included Arthur Benton and Kenneth Spence. The development of experiential training for students at the Lafayette Clinic was another critical factor that brought expertise in clinical psychology, neurology, and psychiatry together under one roof. Phillip Rennick (who trained under Ward Halstead), Raymond Dennerll, Mel Schwartz, and R. Douglas Whitman were also highly influential figures who developed and maintained the neuropsychology specialization to the present time.

Keywords: Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, Lafayette Clinic, Ward Halstead, Karl Lashley, neuropsychology, clinical psychology, history

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