Barrow’s Postdoctoral Residency Program in Clinical Neuropsychology is a two-year fellowship program requiring clinical, teaching and research activities.
Structure of the Neuropsychology Residency Program
Barrow’s Postdoctoral Residency Program in Clinical Neuropsychology is a two-year program involving clinical, teaching, and research activities. Residents in clinical neuropsychology are involved in direct patient care in several settings and the program has two tracks: general and rehabilitation.
Neuropsychology Training Objectives
Trainees will demonstrate that they can carry out the necessary assessment and treatment activities in order to qualify for various clinical neuropsychology positions. Core to the work of clinical neuropsychology is the ability to conduct neuropsychological assessments of a wide variety of patients (e.g., those with TBI, CVA, epilepsy, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, malignant and non-malignant brain tumors). Successful completion of either track offered at Barrow would meet this training objective. To facilitate assessment of progress in meeting educational objectives, residents take the written APPCN examination after each year of training.
Residents who successfully complete either track are encouraged to seek board certification (ABPP) in clinical neuropsychology.
Track 1: General Clinical Neuropsychology
This track includes supervised training in appropriate record review, clinical interviewing, administration of neuropsychological tests, and report writing. Residents also receive training in providing feedback to the patient regarding their findings in a manner that is clinically-sensitive and helpful to patients and their families. Residents will also develop practical, empirically supported treatment recommendations.
Within the context of this track, individuals spend their training time equally in each of four divisions: General Outpatient, Geriatric/Movement Disorders, Rehabilitation, and Epilepsy (6 months on each rotation). The goal is to expose the resident to a wide variety of neurological and neurosurgical disorders and to familiarize them with the most meaningful way of assessing these patients and of coming up with practical and meaningful treatment programs and/or recommendations.
Track 2: Neurorehabilitation With A Specialty In Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
The second track of training focuses on neurorehabilitation with a specialty in neuropsychological rehabilitation. Individuals who seek this training path frequently plan a career in the field of brain injury rehabilitation. They receive extensive training in the assessment of cognitive and personality disorders of brain-dysfunctional patients who are in acute and post-acute rehabilitation programs. Their primary focus is on learning methods of neuropsychological rehabilitation intervention to help patients become independent and return to a productive lifestyle.
This track helps train clinical neuropsychologists to work within the context of an interdisciplinary team and to develop a positive working alliance with family members as well as the patient. Individuals who seek this track receive extensive outpatient and inpatient training at the Center for Transitional NeuroRehabilitation and in the Neuropsychology Rehabilitation Unit settings. They also complete a rotation in general neuropsychology
All residents participate in five major teaching activities within the Section of Clinical Neuropsychology.
- Neuroanatomy/Neuroimaging Seminar
- Neuroscience Rounds (Neurology, Neurosurgery, and related Clinical Neurosciences)
- Board Certification Seminar
- Professional Issues Seminar
In addition, residents will participate in a resident-planned and led journal and book club. Other available teaching conferences will be negotiated with each resident depending on rotation (e.g., EMU Conference, Neurophysiology Conference, Brain Cutting, Psychotherapy Case Conference, and Neuropsychology/Neurology Case Conference, DBS Conference).
All residents are expected to complete a research project.
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