The Neuropsychology Service also offers training programs at the externship, internship(http://www.psych.uic.edu/internship/trainOppr.htm), and residency levels ( http://www.psych.uic.edu/education/neuropsychology/index.htm).The Neuropsychology Program within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago (UIC) is currently recruiting one position in a two-year fellowship program in clinical neuropsychology. The program is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) and conforms to the INS, Division 40, and Houston Conference guidelines for training in clinical neuropsychology. We have 4 faculty neuropsychologists, 1 of whom is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP). Fellows receive broad clinical training with diverse neurologic, psychiatric, and neurodevelopmental adult populations and clinical rotations are flexible. Rotations in other medical clinics such as Vascular Memory Disorders Clinic, Neurosurgery Clinic, EEG Clinic, and Neuroradiology may also be arranged as individual candidate interests dictate.All fellows participate in a variety of didactic activities including a Neuroanatomy review course and Behavioral Neurosciences seminar, teaching/supervision of interns and graduate students, and contribution to research programs under the mentorship of faculty. Research for this fellowship includes primary work in the neuroanatomical, functional, and performance correlates of depression across the lifespan. There are two federally funded studies; (1) a study in late adolescence investigating trait markers (executive functioning, memory, emotion processing during fMRI) for major depressive disorder and (2) a study in late life investigation of executive function, anhedonia, and the functional connectivity and structural integrity of frontostriatal circuits.
Trainees interested in applying for the upcoming academic year beginning in July can obtain more information from our web-based program description (www.psych.uic.edu/education/neuropsychology/index.htm). Most interviewing of candidates will take place at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) in February although phone/onsite interviewing is available to select applicants prior to INS. Please note that our residency program participates in the APPCN match system. The deadline for receipt of all application materials to our program is January 21. Additional information may be obtained at the APPCN website (http://www.appcn.org/).Application should include a CV, 3 letters of reference and graduate school transcript. All inquiries regarding this information as well as application materials should be addressed to:
Neil H. Pliskin, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Director, Neuropsychology Program
Training Director, Postdoctoral Residency in Clinical Neuropsychology
912 S. Wood Street, MC 913
Department of Psychiatry
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 996-6217
Postdoctoral Residency in Clinical Neuropsychology:
Program Mission: To provide advanced level clinical, didactic and academic training to produce competent psychologists in the specialty of Clinical Neuropsychology.
Entry Requirements: Successful completion of an APA accredited doctoral education and training program as well as an internship program that includes substantial training in clinical neuropsychology. No candidates who are ABD at the beginning of the Residency will be considered.
- Development of advanced skill in the neuropsychological evaluation and treatment of patients, and consultation to patients and professionals sufficient to practice on an independent basis;
- Development of advanced understanding of brain-behavior relationships; medical neuroanatomy course.
- Scholarly activity, e.g., submission of a study or literature review for publication, presentation, and submission of a grant proposal or outcome assessment.
- Pedagogical activities, e.g. teaching contributions to Behavioral Neuroscience Seminar, Neuroanatomy Review, facilitation of monthly Journal Club and opportunities for supervision of a psychology intern or extern.
This is a two-year residency. 50% of the postdoctoral resident's week will be spent engaged in providing clinical service, including assessment and clinical-research activities. 40% of the week will be spent in funded research activities. The remaining 10% will be spent in educational activities relating to clinical training and service, as well as learning and developing new research skills.
The Neuropsychology Program provides neuropsychological assessment of adult inpatients and outpatients drawn from the medical center's Departments of Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, Neuropsychiatry, Rehabilitation, Neurology, Geriatrics, and Medicine, as well as from outside referral sources and school settings. These referrals span the entire list of neuropathological conditions such as dementia, cerebrovascular disorders, tumor, HIV, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, Autism, degenerative disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental disorders, and traumatic brain injury.
- Major rotation in adult neuropsychology
- Medical Neuroanatomy course with concurrent half-time major rotation over 2 months
- Sixteen hours of assessment per week are required. These will typically consist of two outpatient evaluations and one inpatient evaluation per week although this requirement will be reduced during the 3 months of the Neuroanatomy course
- Assisting in diagnostic interviews and candidate screening of potential research subjects
- Learning and assisting in supervision, administration, scoring and interpretation of computer, neuropsychological, and neuroimaging tasks and protocols
- Submission of a small study (e.g., archival or part of faculty members' research program) or literature review for presentation and publication in the first year. Outline of collaborative research project with faculty mentor or grant proposal written in first year and carried out in second year. Presentation at national or international meeting is encouraged.
The composition of this year will depend on the resident's clinical interests, research interests, and career trajectory. This additional year could be utilized for further clinical sub specialization.
- One major rotation
- Two minor elective rotations over the course of the year
- Conduct and complete original research including paper submitted for publication
- Continuing to assist in supervision, administration, scoring and interpretation of computer, neuropsychological, and neuroimaging tasks and protocols
- Continue supporting the neuropsychological consultation service.
Adult Neuropsychology Clinics (Outpatient and Inpatient)
Vascular Disorders Clinic
Adult Neurology Bedside Rounds
Neuropsychiatry Consultation Rounds
Health Psychology Clinic
Research is an important component of this residency, with residents expected to devote 40-50% of their time in order to take advantage of the rich research opportunities provided within the educational and research programs of the Department of Psychiatry. The fellow is funded by and will assist in supporting two federally funded projects. Within these projects there are ample archival and concurrent data collection opportunities in mood disorders research. These two research programs are described below – the fellow would spend one day per week in each program.
Neuropsychology and Neuroimaging in Mood Disorders
This neuropsychology and neuroimaging research program includes study of the neuroanatomical and functional correlates of mood disorders in young and middle aged adults. Research activities include matched probes of executive functioning, emotion processing, incentive processing, and long-term memory. Fellows will also be involved in screening and diagnostic interviewing of potential subjects. Archival and active research projects in those with depression and bipolar disorder are available. Scott A. Langenecker, Ph.D. directs this program with close collaborations with faculty in Neuropsychology, Psychiatry, and Psychology.
Mood Disorders in Late Life
This research program studies the mechanisms and deficits (and their evolution) underlying depression during late life in a developmental/longitudinal context. It employs neuropsychological and neuroimaging tools (fMRI), in addition to other biomarkers of interest (e.g., genetic and hormonal variation) in predicting the course of late life depression, including conversion to dementia. There is existing neuropsychological and neuroimaging data from which fellows can develop projects and a large active study funded by the Department of Veteran Affairs and NARSAD in which they can be involved. This program is directed by Sara L. Weisenbach, Ph.D.
Behavioral Neuroscience Seminar
Neurology Grand Rounds
Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Neuroanatomy Review Series
Medical Neuroanatomy (January - March daily during Year 1)
The resident will make regular teaching contributions to the weekly Behavioral Neuroscience Seminar and facilitate the Neuroanatomy Review series. There will also be opportunities for supervision of psychology interns and advanced externs.
The resident will meet weekly with the residency director and will also meet regularly with a research supervisor and/or rotation supervisor. There are also at least five hours of structured educational activities per week.
RESIDENCY EXIT CRITERIA:
- Formal evaluation of competency at the end of the residency indicates advanced skill in neuropsychological evaluation, treatment and consultation.
- Eligibility for state licensure or certification for the independent practice of psychology.
- Eligibility for board certification in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.