The mission of the Neuropsychology Division is to deliver psychological services meeting the highest standards of the profession of psychology 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 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 capacity evaluations are also a significant component of the program’s clinical service. Other services offered include cognitive rehabilitation and psychotherapy. 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 ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses.
The division’s primary outpatient clinic is located in the Neurocognitive Disorders Center, which also houses the department’s neuropsychiatry program. Ancillary outpatient clinics include The Center for Healthy Aging, a comprehensive, interdisciplinary outpatient clinic for geriatric primary and subspecialist care and the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Center for Excellence, one of only 39 across the country and the only center in Texas with the prestigious designation. The training hospital for the program is Memorial Hermann Hospital, where neuropsychology functions in a consultative role on several inpatient units. Minor rotations in clinical neuropsychology are offered at various sites in the Texas Medical Center, including MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine.
Neuropsychology Fellowship Program Mission and Goals
The Neuropsychology Program offers a structured 2-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). Aspects of the curriculum are also tailored to the fellows’ career interests through creation of an individual development plan (IDP) at the start of fellowship training.
The fellowship program accomplishes its mission through several goals, including educating and training the competencies necessary for the specialized practice of clinical neuropsychology, emphasizing advanced training in clinical evaluation of adult and geriatric patients with a range of neurocognitive and psychological disorders, and providing opportunities to engage in research in the field of neuropsychology.
Consistent with Houston Conference Guidelines, specific training goals include the following:
- Advanced skill in the neuropsychological evaluation, treatment, and consultation to patients and professionals
- Advanced understanding of brain-behavior relationships
- Scholarly activity
- Formal evaluation of competency
- Eligibility for state or provincial licensure or certification for the independent practice of psychology
- Eligibility for board certification in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology
For detailed information, please view our 2017-2019 Fellowship Training Manual.
The fellow will participate in advanced didactics to foster learning and growth in clinical neuropsychology, including program-based lectures and a medical neuroscience 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.
The Neuropsychology Division does not currently participate in the National Match. 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.
Applicants are required to submit the following:
- A 1-2 page cover letter explaining your experience in neuropsychological assessment and research, as well as your interest in the Neuropsychology Fellowship Program
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae
- Two de-identified sample reports
- An official transcript mailed or emailed directly from your graduate institution
- Three letters of recommendation (one from the chair or director of clinical training of your graduate program and the other two from training supervisors from your graduate program and predoctoral internship)
- Please send your application to the Director of Fellowship Training, Dr. Bethany Williams, at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
1941 East Rd, Suite 4358
Houston, TX 77054
*all signed letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Dr. Williams from the referents either by email or mail
Applications received by each yearly deadline will be reviewed by the Division faculty. Selected applicants will be invited to interview at the annual International Neuropsychological Society (INS) meeting, although other options for interview will be offered for those applicants unable to attend INS, including telephone and video conferencing.