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Neuropsychology Fellowship

The Neuropsychology Service also offers training programs at the externship, internship (http://www.psych.uic.edu/internship/trainOppr.htm), and residency levels. The Neuropsychology Program within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago (UIC) is recruiting one new position in its two-year residency program in clinical neuropsychology. The program is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) and conforms to the Houston Conference guidelines for training in clinical neuropsychology. We have 6 faculty neuropsychologists, 2 of whom are board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP). Fellows receive broad clinical training with diverse adult neurologic, psychiatric, and neurodevelopmental populations and clinical rotations are flexible. All residents 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 or initiation of research programs under the mentorship of faculty. Research programs are ongoing in the following areas: Mood Disorders, Vascular Cognitive Disorders, Electrical Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain, Hormones and Cognition, and Epilepsy. Rotations in other medical clinics such as Memory and Cognitive Wellness Clinic, Neurosurgery Clinic, EEG Lab, and Neuroradiology may also be arranged as individual candidate interests dictate.

Trainees interested in applying for the upcoming academic year beginning in July can obtain more information from our web-based program description. 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. 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 15. Additional information may be obtained at the APPCN website (http://www.appcn.org/departmentofpsychiatryuniversityofillinois). 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
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Phone: (312) 996-6217

 

Postdoctoral Residency in Clinical Neuropsychology:
Program Overview

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.

Program Components:

  1. 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;
  2. Development of advanced understanding of brain-behavior relationships; medical neuroanatomy course.
  3. Scholarly activity, e.g., submission of a study or literature review for publication, presentation, and submission of a grant proposal or outcome assessment.
  4. 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.


Program Structure:
This is a two-year residency. Three days (60%) of the postdoctoral resident's week will be spent engaged in providing clinical service, including assessment and treatment activities. The remaining two days (40%) will be spent in research and educational activities.

The Neuropsychology Program provides neuropsychological assessment of adult and pediatric 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, degenerative disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental disorders, and traumatic brain injury.

Year 1:

  • Major focus in adult neuropsychology
  • Support the Neuropsychology Inpatient Consultation Service
  • Medical Neuroanatomy course with concurrent half-time major rotation over 3 months
  • Twenty-four hours of assessment per week are required. These will typically consist of three outpatient evaluations and one inpatient evaluation per week although this requirement will be reduced to 12 hours/week during the 3 months of the Neuroanatomy course
  • 2 minor elective rotations over the course of the year (see below) can be arranged
  • 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 original research project, grant proposal or outcome assessment written in first year and carried out in second year. Presentation at national or international meeting is encouraged.


Year 2:
The composition of this year will depend on the resident's clinical interests and career trajectory. This additional year could be utilized for further clinical subspecialization.

  • Continued major focus in adult neuropsychology
  • Continued support of inpatient consultation service
  • Two minor elective rotations over the course of the year
  • Conduct and complete original research including paper submitted for publication
  • Devote more time to the neuropsychological consultation service.


CLINICAL
Major Rotations:
Adult Neuropsychology Clinic
Inpatient Consultation Service

Elective Rotations:
Neurology Bedside Rounds
Neuropsychiatry Consultation Rounds
Memory and Cognitive Wellness Clinic
EEG Clinic
Neuroradiology Clinic
Health Psychology Clinic
Epilepsy Surgery Clinic

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

Research is an important component of this residency, with residents expected to devote a minimum of 20% 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. This can be accomplished through a variety of means including archival studies and involvement within current research protocols. Some of the research opportunities are detailed below:

Multifaceted Explorations of the Neurobiology of Depressive Disorders
This is a research program in mood disorders, including those directed by Dr. Langenecker, by junior colleagues, mentees and students, as well as those of close collaborators. These investigations are designed to span from basic to applied research with the overarching goal to better understand to more effectively treat mood disorders.  Neuropsychology and neuroimaging techniques are used in these studies.

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.

Vascular Brain Aging
Melissa Lamar, Ph.D. leads a program of research investigating the impact of subclinical cardiovascular disease on brain structure and function across the lifespan. Dr. Lamar’s VITAL (Vascular Integrity To Advance Longevity) Studies employ clinical standards and novel advances in neuropsychology and neuroimaging (DTI, SWI, fMRI and myelin mapping). The primary focus is on older adults and minority populations at great risk for coronary heart disease and stroke. Additional studies involve dietary and exercise interventions to determine the impact of improving cardiovascular health on brain structure and function in at risk individuals as well as larger community-based studies of root causes of disease. This work is done in close collaboration with faculty in Neuropsychology, Psychiatry, Radiology as well as Nursing and Genetics.

Hormones and Cognition
Pauline M Maki, Ph.D. leads a program of research into the effects of hormone therapy on cognition and brain function, using both neuropsychological and neuroimaging (fMRI, PET) outcomes. The primary focus is the effects of estrogen therapy on age-related changes in cognitive abilities. Other studies involve assessments of cognitive function across the menstrual cycle, following hormone suppression, and following other hormone and alternative treatments for menopausal symptoms.

Neuropsychological Effects of Electrical Injury
This research program is devoted to clarifying the biologic mechanisms that underlie neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric changes seen following electrical injury. Clinical, psychiatric and neuropsychological data have been collected on over 250 electrical injured. Residents are welcome to engage in archival studies of this database or become involved in the current clinical-research protocol.


EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES
Seminars:
Behavioral Neuroscience Seminar
Neurology Grand Rounds
Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Neuroradiology Rounds
Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Neuroanatomy Review Series

Course:
Required Medical Neuroanatomy (January - March daily during Year 1)

TEACHING REQUIREMENTS
The resident will make regular teaching contributions to the weekly Neuropsychology Seminar and facilitate the monthly Neuroanatomy Review series. There will also be opportunities for supervision of psychology interns or advanced externs.

SUPERVISION
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, including group supervision as outlined above.

RESIDENCY EXIT CRITERIA:

  1. Formal evaluation of competency at the end of the residency indicates advanced skill in neuropsychological evaluation, treatment and consultation.
  2. Eligibility for state licensure or certification for the independent practice of psychology.
  3. Eligibility for board certification in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

RESIDENCY FACULTY
Julie Janecek, PhD
Melissa Lamar, PhD
Scott Langenecker, PhD
Pauline Maki, PhD
Neil Pliskin, PhD, ABPP-CN
Sara Weisenbach, PhD

 

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