Neuropsychology

Neuropsychology

neuropsych2.JPGThis fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences includes a wide range of clinical experiences with emphases on practical clinical training, didactic educational components, interdisciplinary collaboration, peer supervision, and research opportunities. The faculty includes a number of full-time clinical neuropsychologists who provide supervision, training, and research guidance. The individual course of study is tailored to each fellow's training needs.

University of Virginia and Western State Hospital
Neurocognitive Assessment Laboratories

The Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship is housed within the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine and consists of two core training sites: 1. University of Virginia Neurocognitive Assessment Lab in the School of Medicine and 2. Western State Hospital.

neuropsych1.JPGThe first core site, the UVA Neurocognitive Assessment Lab, forms the base of the fellow’s postdoctoral experience. Here, the fellow has an opportunity to learn a broad range of neuropsychological assessment procedures  including flexible battery approaches as well as classic approaches such as the Halstead-Reitan Battery. Fellows are exposed to virtually every neuropathological condition including the full spectrum of closed and penetrating head injuries, cerebrovascular diseases and accidents, degenerative neurological conditions, infections (e. g., HIV), neoplastic disease, epilepsy, organ transplant, learning disorders, and substance abuse. Fellows will solidify their knowledge of test administration, while gaining experience in data interpretation and conceptualization, report writing, treatment planning, communication with referral sources, and feedback sessions with patients. Fellows also have the opportunity to  participate in epilepsy surgery meetings, organ transplant selection meetings, and conduct collegiate athlete annual screenings. Exposure to the complexities of managed care contacts and billing is a large part of this educational experience. Fellows also have the opportunity to see 1-2 therapy patients at a time.   This site offers an array of formal didactic and research collaboration opportunities, which are outlined below.

WSH newThe other core rotation is at the Western State Hospital Neuropsychology Laboratory, which is housed in the state psychiatric facility and affiliated with the University of Virginia Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. Fellows conduct inpatient neuropsychological assessments, utilizing a flexible battery approach for patients with a complex array of neuropsychiatric syndromes. Referrals to the WSH Neuropsychology Laboratory typically involve complicated diagnostic questions in the context of comorbid severe mental illness, substance abuse, and neurological conditions such as traumatic brain injury, dementia, cerebrovascular disorders, and developmental disorders, as well as neurobehavioral sequelae of neurological diseases. The fellow interacts with multidisciplinary treatment teams to provide information on cognitive strengths and weaknesses for diagnosis, treatment, and discharge planning. Fellows learn to integrate psychiatric history with neurocognitive and personality data into neuropsychological reports.   There is exposure to a variety of populations, including  patients with hearing and communication deficits, very low levels of education, and different ethnocultural backgrounds. Fellows also gain experience in forensic issues (e.g. symptom validity testing, cognitive issues in trial competence and sanity). Fellows also participate in cognitive remediation programs that address cognitive deficits in schizophrenia and other major mental illnesses. Didactic and collaborative research opportunities are available and encouraged.

In addition to these two core sites, a minor rotation may be arranged at UVA HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, which is an acute neurologic setting, based on fellow interest and site availability.

Clinical Focus (70%)

Core Sites:

  1. UVA Neurocognitive Assessment Lab - inpatient and outpatient adult neuropsychological assessment and consultation.
  2. Western State Hospital Neuropsychology Laboratory- adult psychiatric inpatient assessment and consultation.

 

Optional Minor Rotation:

  1. UVa/Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital- post-acute inpatient neuropsychological consultation (optional minor rotation – see description under Rehabilitation Neuropsychology).

Educational & Professional Development (20%)

  • Medical School Neurosciences Course and Brain Pathology Lab
  • Neuroradiology and Epilepsy Surgery Rounds
  • Observation of Neurosurgery and/or organ transplantation
  • Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Grand Rounds
  • Neuropsychology Fellows' Didactic Seminar Series and Journal Club
  • Western State Hospital Grand Rounds and Psychology In-services
  • Meetings with the Program Director and postdoctoral fellows across sub-specialty areas during the academic year to discuss administrative and professional development issues.
  • Postdoctoral fellows are expected to take the EPPP national licensing exam and apply for licensure within the Commonwealth of Virginia within the first six months of their fellowship.

Research Focus (10 %)

  1. Development of original research in an area of clinical neuropsychology in which the fellow has a particular interest or
  2. Participation in ongoing research projects in mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injury; sports concussions; epilepsy surgery; effort and symptom validity testing; sleep disturbances; pulmonary dysfunction and lung transplantation; cerebrovascular disorder; cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, substance abuse, and dementia; attentional deficits and learning disabilities; rehabilitation strategies; clinical trials and neuroimaging studies
  3. Chapter writing opportunities, as available, and assist with peer-reviews of manuscript submissions.

Core Faculty

UVaHS Neuropsychology Service

  • Jeffrey T. Barth, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn, Director
  • Donna K. Broshek, Ph.D., Co-Director & Training Director
  • Anthony P. De Marco, Psy.D.
  • Scott D. Bender, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn (UVA-Health South, ILPPP)


Western State Hospital Neuropsychology Laboratory

  • Beth Caillouet Arredondo, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn, Director

Affiliated Faculty

James Madison University

  • Bernice Marcopulos, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn

Current Fellows

 
  • Ashley J. Reno, Psy.D. (Chief Fellow)
  • Stephanie Bajo, Psy.D.
  • James Mahoney, Ph.D.

 


APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR NEUROPSYCHOLOGY: JANUARY 1, 2015
 
Admission criteria and application requirements are listed on the Psychology Fellowship Home Page
 
Please note that electronic applications will be accepted.  E-letters of recommendation can be accepted in order to meet the deadline, but original signed letters on institution letterhead must be received by postal service mail by the time of invited interviews.  Transcript copies can also be sent electronically, but official transcripts sent directly from the graduate degree program must also be received by the time of invited interviews.
 
All applicants must register for the APPCN match at www.natmatch.com/appcnmat

As an APPCN member program, this residency site agrees to abide by the APPCN policy that no person at this facility will solicit, accept, or use any ranking-related information from any resident applicant. The match results will be released on February 23, 2015.

NOTE: Interviews will be held at INS in Denver this year on Tuesday, February 3, 2015.  Please make travel arrangements to be available for the Tuesday pre-conference interview day.  Skype or phone interviews may be arranged for applicants not traveling to INS. 

DIRECT INQUIRIES AND MATERIALS TO:

Beth Caillouet Arredondo, Ph.D., ABPP-Cn
Western State Hospital
P. O. Box 2500
Staunton, VA 24401-2500
beth.arredondo@dbhds.virginia.gov