© 2009

The Neuropsychology of Women

  • Elaine Fletcher-Janzen
  • While every research study and text in the field of neuropsychology is required to include analyses of sex differences with relation to neuropsychological development, assessment, intervention, and research, there are no individual volumes on the market that focus on the unique aspects of female neuropsychological functioning

  • The editor and contributors are well-known neuropsychologists, researchers, and authors in their own right

  • The focus is designed to stimulate curiosity. Neuropsychologists will be interested in this book because it contains specialized information that is germane to their practice


Part of the Issues of Diversity in Clinical Neuropsychology book series (ISSUESDIV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-12
  2. Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, Margaret Semrud-Clikeman, Nancy L. Nussbaum, Phyllis Anne Teeter Ellison, Elaine Clark, LeAdelle Phelps et al.
    Pages 1-10
  3. Phyllis Anne Teeter Ellison, Amy Nelson
    Pages 1-20
  4. Margaret Semrud-Clikeman, Jodene Goldenring Fine, Jesse Bledsoe
    Pages 1-37
  5. Elaine Clark, Janiece L. Pompa
    Pages 1-18
  6. Nancy L. Nussbaum, Katherine N. Shepard
    Pages 1-43
  7. Amy Nelson, Phyllis Anne Teeter Ellison
    Pages 1-13
  8. Catherine P. Cook-Cottone
    Pages 1-33
  9. Jennifer J. Dunkin
    Pages 1-15
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 1-104

About this book


The Neuropsychology of Women

Edited by Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, Private Practice, Cleveland

The male brain has traditionally set the standard in the neuroscientific literature, whether the topic was normal development or pathological conditions; yet complex factors contribute to women having assessment and treatment needs apart from those of men. The current volume in the Diversity in Clinical Neuropsychology series, The Neuropsychology of Women is the first resource to focus exclusively on these factors.

The contributing panel of neuropsychologists and researchers offers the reader a thorough grounding in female brain functioning in developmental, cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and pathology contexts while also raising and addressing significant questions about socioeconomic variables that frequently result in compromised care. A deeper awareness of these data enhances readers’ clinical knowledge, leading to more accurate assessment and diagnosis, suitably tailored interventions, and better treatment outcomes in these chapter areas:

  • Traumatic brain injury.
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
  • Learning disabilities.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Seizure disorders.
  • Psychopathological conditions.

The Neuropsychology of Women is a major step forward in the cultural competence literature, deserving of a wide audience among neuropsychologists (hospital-based, academic, private practice), clinical psychologists, and rehabilitation professionals.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Elaine Fletcher-Janzen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of North ColoradoColorado SpringsUSA

About the editors

Elaine Fletcher-Janzen, Ed.D., NCSP obtained her doctorate in School Psychology from the College of William and Mary in 1993, and has been a school psychologist in the public schools and neuropsychiatric inpatient settings for the past 23 years. She is currently Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Dr. Fletcher-Janzen has co-edited and authored twelve books and reference works. including the Handbook of School Neuropsychology and the Handbook of Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology. She and is currently editing and writing the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Special Education and the third edition of the Handbook of Clinical Child Neuropsychology. Her current research interests are in the cross-cultural aspects of cognitive abilities, the impact of socioeconomic status on intelligence scores, neuropsychological aspects of chronic illness, and the systematic management of pediatric chronic illness in school and clinical settings.

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From the reviews:

"The Neuropsychology of women ventures into this risky territory. It attempts to identify and address sex- and gender-specific issues in neuropsychology. … this book about women can be used as an overview of specific neuropsychological issues for all sexes and genders. … The book fosters awareness of concerns particular to women and underlines the paucity of the available research. The book provides splendid overviews of specific issues in neuropsychology, and it … makes a crucial difference to science and clinical practice." (Alejandra Suarez, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 54 (23), 2009)

"The chapters are authored by experts in these specific areas and include comprehensive reviews of available relevant literature. ...[this book] should serve as important guides in the education and training of our neuropsychology students. ... The reader will likely be pleased with the range of topics reviewed in this book, the flow across subjects, and the emphasis on brain–behavior relationships across the female lifespan." (Julie Bobholz , Ph.D., ABPP-CN, JINS, Vol. 16, No. 1) “The primary focus of this book is to provide an overview of neuropsychological issues in the lifespan of females, with emphasis on subjects such as brain development, brain imaging, and brain injury. … The chapters are authored by experts in these specific areas and include comprehensive reviews of available relevant literature. … Finally, this book includes a lengthy list of competencies for health care professionals who work with women. … The Neuropsychology of Women is also recommended for providers … .” (Julie Bobholz, Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, Vol. 16 (1), January, 2010)