Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Neuropsychology Division is one of several specialty divisions within the UTHealth Houston Department of Neurology and consists of the Neuropsychology Clinic and the Brain and Behavioral Health Clinic. The mission of the Neuropsychology Division is to deliver neuropsychological and psychological services meeting the highest standards of the profession and to contribute to UTHealth’s mission to provide exceptional educational training, clinical services, and advancements in research. The division specializes in the comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation and psychodiagnostic assessment of adults with a broad range of disorders that include Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and other movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, cerebrovascular disease, traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, and psychiatric disorders. Pre- and post-surgical evaluation for deep brain stimulation (DBS) and interpreter-mediated evaluations are also substantial aspects of the clinical care provided by the group. Clinical intervention services include individual and group cognitive rehabilitation and psychotherapy with patients and caregivers, including individuals with functional neurologic disorders, mild cognitive impairment, insomnia, and mood disorders. In addition to serving a population of individuals with diverse neurological conditions, our location in a large metropolitan area allows us to serve individuals from diverse cultural and racial/ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses.

The division’s primary outpatient clinic is located in the UTHealth Houston Neurosciences Neurocognitive Disorders Center, which also houses the Department of Neurology’s Neuropsychiatry Program. Ancillary outpatient clinics include the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center for Excellence (HDSACOE), which is affiliated with three partner sites and one of 54 COEs across the country. The training hospital for the Department of Neurology is Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Minor rotations in clinical neuropsychology are offered at various sites in the Texas Medical Center, including MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, UTHealth Houston Neurosciences, and the Memorial Hermann Rockets Sports Institute.

Neuropsychology Fellowship Program Mission and Goals

In accordance with UTHealth Houston’s academic mission, the Neuropsychology Division’s Fellowship Program offers a structured two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology. The mission of the fellowship program is to prepare fellows for independent practice as scientist-practitioners through a curriculum that enhances knowledge and clinical skills in neuropsychology. The training curriculum was intentionally designed to adhere to the Houston Conference Guidelines for Specialty Training in Neuropsychology and to meet requirements for board-certification in clinical neuropsychology as defined by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). The program also meets Texas’ licensure requirements and is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN). Robert L. Collins, PhD, ABPP-CN is the board-certified consultant for our program. Aspects of the curriculum are also tailored to the fellows’ career interests through creation of an individual development plan (IDP) at the start of the first fellowship year in collaboration with the Fellowship Director. The IDP is reviewed yearly and adjusted accordingly.

The fellowship program accomplishes its mission through several goals, including advanced education and training in the competencies necessary for the specialized practice of clinical neuropsychology, emphasizing advanced training in clinical evaluation, cognitive rehabilitation, and psychotherapeutic intervention with adult and geriatric patients with a range of neurocognitive and psychological disorders, opportunities to engage in research in the field of neuropsychology, and community engagement opportunities. Clinical services will comprise at least 80% of the fellows’ effort, educational activities will comprise 10%, and clinical research/scholarly activity will be 10%.

Program Administrative Structure

The Neuropsychology Division’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is administered by the Neuropsychology Division in the Department of Neurology at McGovern Medical School. Dr. Bethany R. Williams serves as both the Director of the Neuropsychology Division and Neuropsychology Fellowship and Dr. Christina L. Burrows serves as the Fellowship Assistant Director. Rimma Brokhin and Katina Carson-Pratt provide administrative support to the program. Fellows are primarily trained in the Neurocognitive Disorders Center, but also have opportunities for research collaboration, clinical training, and completion of minor rotations with other faculty at UTHealth, as well as other locations within the TMC.

Core Neuropsychology Faculty

Bethany R. Williams Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurology
Christina L. Burrows, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Neurology
Stella H. Kim, Psy.D, Assistant Professor of Neurology
Kendra Anderson, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Neurology
*APPCN Program Consultant: Robert Collins, PhD, ABPP-CN

Didactic Opportunities

Fellows participate in advanced didactics to foster learning and growth in clinical neuropsychology, including program-based lectures, neuropathology case conference, a structural competency workshop, and a nervous system and behavior course. Other educational offerings include neuropsychiatry case conference, observerships with department neurologists, and the university-wide diversity and inclusion lecture series. Our location in the prominent Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical center in the world, also affords fellows 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 professional development seminars are offered through UTHealth.

Additionally, fellows engage in scholarly activity, such as development of an independent research project or assisting with existing research programs in collaboration with neurology department faculty. Past projects have included posters presenting research on the cognitive effects of deep brain stimulation for treatment-resistant depression and cognitive functioning in individuals with Huntington’s disease.

Community outreach is also required during each training year. Fellows have previously volunteered at the UTHealth Houston Stomp Out Stroke Festival conducting cognitive screenings and referring patients for follow up neurology evaluation, the Houston Walk to End Alzheimer’s, and UTHealth Houston’s Brain Night KIDS at The Health Museum/John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science.

Application Process

The Neuropsychology Division will participate in the Match. 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 residency applicant. To be considered, applicants must have completed an APA or CPA-accredited doctoral program and a 1-year APA-or CPA-accredited predoctoral internship with rotations in neuropsychology prior to the scheduled start of the fellowship. Individuals with a doctoral degree but without formal training in neuropsychology will not be considered. Applicants are expected to have had formal training in neuropsychological assessment of adults, including standardized test administration and scoring, interpretation, and report preparation both in graduate school and on internship.

*Applications are due by Monday, January 9, 2023

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. A 1-2 page letter of intent describing your experience in neuropsychological assessment and research, as well as your interest in the Neuropsychology Division’s Fellowship Program.
  2. An up-to-date curriculum vitae.
  3. Two de-identified sample neuropsychological evaluation reports.
  4. An official transcript mailed or emailed directly from your graduate institution to Copies provided directly from applicants will not be accepted.
  5. Three letters of recommendation, with one from the director of clinical training or department chair of your graduate program, one from a training supervisor from your graduate program, and one from a supervisor at your predoctoral internship.*all signed letters of recommendation should be addressed to Dr. Williams. The letters can be mailed to the address below or emailed to from the referents.
  6. APPCN’s Completion of Doctoral Training form for individuals who have not yet received the doctoral degree (this form is in addition to the three letters of recommendation),
  7. Please address your application to the Director of Fellowship Training, Dr. Bethany Williams, and email the application to or mail to 1941 East Rd, Suite 4358,
    Houston, TX 77054.

Applications received by each yearly deadline will be reviewed by the Division faculty. Selected applicants will be invited to interview virtually via video conferencing.

For detailed information, please view our 2022-2024 fellowship training manual.


*Robert L. Collins, PhD, ABPP-CN is the board-certified consultant for our program