Cognitive Neuroscience & Neuropsychology
Cognitive neuroscience focuses on the neural substrates of mental processes and is located at the intersection between psychology and neuroscience, giving rise to neuropsychology.
THE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE on the foundations of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology responds to a growing need of the mental health professional, caregivers of patients affected by neurodegenerative diseases and the general public to have a better understanding of the brain and its relationship with behavior. It is offered in a scientific and academic framework in collaboration with highly recognized professionals in their respective countries who have also excelled as professors. Risk factors and neuroprotective factors are studied, starting from neuroscience as a meta model to understand the biological bases of cognition, emotions and behavior.
Cognitive neuroscience overlaps with physiological psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuropsychology. A special focus on the neural connections of the brain underlying mental processes is highlighted in the certification.
Neuropsychology's primary goal is to understand brain health, such as Alzheimer's and traumatic brain injury, and to assess how neurological functioning can affect mental health.
This certification is offered to professionals interested in delving into the theory and practice of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. The curriculum aims at offering a solid training within the academic structure of the university's institutional environment. It has well recognized accreditations. This professional certification meets rigorous academic standards and can be taken online or in person according to participant's needs.
Prior to admission to the certificate, you must meet the requirements established by the academic committee and go through an interview. To complete the training, readings and assignments are specified and may require additional time to complete successfully.
Professional quality certificate that offers university accreditation by the Medical Sciences Campus of the UPR and is taught by experts on the subject
MAURICIO CONEJO, Ph.D.
Modality and schedules
There are two options to take this certificate: online and in person. Both offer the same level of training and are presented as alternatives to meet the different needs of professionals.
January 2024 (online with an optional in-person module)
June 2024(online with an optional in-person module)
August 2024 (online with an optional in-person module)
The Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience
University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus
Puerto Rico Health Boards (submitted for accreditation)
THE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE in Fundamentals of Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology has been submitted for approval of credits by the Health Examining Boards of Puerto Rico (CR09, TO62, TO62 TO/A63, TF60 TFA61, THL58, PHL59, CP18, PSIC49). All certifications previously submitted have been approved.
Duration and credits:
5 months and 90 credits:75 EC credits + 15 individual final project credits
10 weeks of classes and 6 weeks for the final monographic scientific review work in APA format
Classes scheduled on Saturdays for the in-person module
Synchronous and asynchronous classes for online modules
The participant will be able to choose a tutor among the teachers to guide him or her and clarify doubts.
Access to digital teaching resources, the University library and extracurricular activities
Hybrid mode: 80% online (synchronous videoconferences) and 20% in person (with the option to do this 20% online if necessary)
Face-to-face module schedule
Saturday from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online module schedule
10 weeks on the virtual campus platform of the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (https://bit.ly/icon_campusvirtual) with two weekly videoconferences from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm (AST, Puerto Rico time) plus the time necessary to complete the final scientific review monographic work in APA format (6 weeks minimum)
Documentaries, videos, essential readings, and support material on the virtual campus
Synchronous and asynchronous activities
Send the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org
Copy of driver's license or identity document
Degree certificate or transcript of credits
Resume / Curriculum vitae
Motivation letter addressed to academic directors
Two letters of recommendation with contact information (optional)
Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience I
Principles of functional and structural neuroanatomy
The brain, its origin and development: phylogenetics and ontogenetics
Human brain anatomy
The nervous system and its organization
Electrical activity and synaptic transmission
The biochemistry of the NS
Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience II
Dialogues on empirical observation (from Cage to HM)
Epigenetics and the brain
Research methods in neuroscience
Non-invasive study techniques
Development of neuroimaging technologies
Principles of Neuropsychology I
Neuroanatomical and neurophysiological bases of neuropsychology
Neuropsychology of the adult
Neuropsychology of aging
Principles of Neuropsychology II
The senses: from sensory receptors to cortical integration
Sensation and perception disorders
Motor systems and their organization
Motor system disorders
Study of psychopathology in neuropsychology
Neuropsychology of attention
The importance of memory, taxonomy and explanatory models
Neurobiology of language
Decision making: from the practical to the moral
Planning, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility
Neuropsychological disorders I
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Cognitive and perceptual deficits
The neuropsychology of addictions
Neuropsychological profile in depression
Neuropsychological profile in anxiety
Neuropsychological disorders II
Neuropsychology of dementias
Characterization of MCI and its subtypes
From the concept of dementia to major neurocognitive disorder (DSM 5)
Lewy body dementia
Dementia due to Parkinson's disease
Final monographic work
He studied a master's degree (MA) in Design of the University from Northumbria in England. Your interest in neuroscience led him to complete a master of science (MSc) in Neuroscience of Pablo de Olavide University in Sevilla Spain. He worked in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Schikorski of the Central University of the Caribbean (UCC) and completed his doctorate (Ph.D.) in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Maimonides University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a professor at the School of Plastic Arts and Design of Puerto Rico.
He is a medical doctor with psychiatry training and holds a doctorate (Ph.D.) in psychology with a focus on applied cognitive neuroscience. He is a researcher, teacher and trainer of diverse professionals through different institutions, universities and scientific societies. He was director of the Medical School at Maimonides University. He is a member of the neuroscience group of the Buenos Aires Health Ministry. He has worked with various Universities in cognitive neuroscience training programs in different parts of the world.
Fabián Román, MD, Ph.D.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ted Judd, Psy.D.
Marcela Henao, MD
Mauricio Conejo, Ph.D.
San Juan Puerto Rico
Jorge Reyes, MD
Los Angeles California
Rafa Guerra, Ph.D.
Juan Alvarez, MD
Los Angeles California
Beatriz Luna, Ph.D ..
Gerica Alvarado, MD
Providence, Rhode Island
Esther Alberca, Ph.D.
Monica Triviño, Ph.D
María Paula Perarnau, Ph.D.
San Luis, Argentina