The Neuropsychology Program of the Department of Neurology at McGovern Medical School (a part of UTHealth) is now accepting applications for one postdoctoral fellowship position in clinical neuropsychology to begin on September 4, 2018. The Neuropsychology Program specializes in the comprehensive evaluation of a culturally diverse adult population. Our patients present with a broad range of disorders that include Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, cerebrovascular disease, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, and psychiatric disorders. Pre- and post-surgical evaluations for deep brain stimulation (DBS) and capacity evaluations are also a significant component of the program’s clinical service. Evaluations are also conducted with Spanish-speaking populations.
The fellowship program is committed to excellence in training in accordance with the scientist-practitioner model and aims to prepare the fellow for independent practice through advanced, supervised training in clinical evaluation of adults with neuropsychological disorders, provision of feedback to patients and families, consultation with referring providers, and opportunities to provide individual psychotherapy and cognitive rehabilitation. The fellow will provide direct clinical care to patients referred primarily from subspecialty programs within the Neurology Department, including Diagnostic Neurology, Movement Disorders (UTHealth/UTMove), Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center of Excellence, Multiple Sclerosis, Neuropsychiatry, Neurocritical Care, Neuromuscular, Stroke, and the Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, as well as referring providers throughout the Houston community and beyond. The fellow will also be responsible for preparation of cases for presentation at the monthly multi-disciplinary DBS team meeting. Other multi-disciplinary opportunities include inpatient evaluations at Memorial Hermann Hospital in consultation with the Neurology Service.
The fellow will participate in advanced didactics to foster learning and growth in clinical neuropsychology, including program-based lectures and a neuroanatomy course. Our location in the prominent Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical center in the world, also affords the fellow access to an array of other educational opportunities across hospitals and medical schools within the TMC that include neurology and neuropsychology seminars, conferences, and invited lectures. Neurology and Psychiatry Grand Rounds, inpatient neurology rounds, observation of DBS and other brain surgeries, and courses in professional development offered by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs are also available, including teaching, communication in academia, and responsible conduct in research.
Additionally, the fellow will be expected to develop an independent research project or to assist with existing research programs in collaboration with neurology department faculty. Ongoing projects include studies of deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression, the effect of exercise on cognitive and physical functioning in multiple sclerosis, and social isolation in stroke.
The fellowship is a two-year position to begin September 4, 2018. The program adheres to Houston Conference Training Guidelines and will prepare fellows for board-certification in neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). To be considered, applicants must have completed an APA-accredited doctoral program and a one-year APA-accredited predoctoral internship with rotations in neuropsychology prior to the scheduled start of the fellowship.
Interested applicants should forward the following information to the Program Director, Dr. Bethany Williams:
- cover letter
- curriculum vitae
- two de-identified sample reports
- an official transcript
- three letters of recommendation (one from the chair or director of clinical training for their graduate program and the other two from training supervisors from their graduate program or predoctotral internship)
Please submit the above information to:
Dr. Bethany Williams
1941 East Rd, Suite 4358
Houston, TX 77054
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