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Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Training Program

The Neurology and Psychiatry Programs at the University of Illinois Chicago offer an interdisciplinary UCNS accredited two-year fellowship in Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry (UCNS Directory). The fellowship is open to qualified individuals who have completed an accredited residency training program in Neurology or in Psychiatry and board eligible for ABPN.

The program’s goal is to train fellows as skilled clinicians, researchers and educators in neurodegenerative diseases, neuropsychiatric and neurobehavioral syndromes as well as in cognitive neuroscience. Our distinguished faculty include neurologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, neuroradiologists, physiatrists, and neuroscientists.


Program Overview:

The University of Illinois Chicago is a university tertiary care facility located a few miles west of Chicago’s downtown Loop. The first year emphasizes clinical skills, with didactic activities including a weekly lecture series, weekly journal club and research seminars, and monthly interdisciplinary case conferences, and supervised in- and outpatient clinical rotations. Fellows participate in weekly Neurobehavior consultation service rounds, rotate through allied subspecialty clinics and receive training in neuroimaging, including functional neuroimaging (SPECT, PET, and fMRI). In the second year, fellows assume a more independent role in clinical activities and in teaching residents and junior fellows, and formulate and carry out a mentored research project. Our faculty have ongoing research which includes projects in neuroepidemiology, Vascular Cognitive Impairment, normal cognitive aging, effects of sex steroid hormones on cognitive function, executive function and oculomotor abnormalities in TBI and schizophrenia, and functional neurosurgery for neurologic and psychiatric disorders.


Program Length(s):

One year full-time Clinical Behavioral Neurology/ Neuropsychiatry Fellowship or two year full-time Clinical-Research Behavioral Neurology/Neuropsychiatry Fellowship or two year half-time Clinical Behavioral Neurology/Neuropsychiatry Fellowship


Program Directors:

Joseph J. Cooper MD, FANPA

  • Director, Psychiatry Residency Training Program
  • Director, Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Fellowship
  • Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago

cooperjatuic [dot] edu

Laura Pedelty MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Neurology
  • Co-Director, Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine

(312) 355-0510
pedeltyatuic [dot] edu