About the Program

The Neuropsychology Section in the Department of Neurology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, is recruiting for an adult clinical neuropsychology and a Spanish/cross-cultural postdoctoral fellow for the 2019-2021 Neuropsychology Fellowship class to start Sept. 2, 2019. The fellowship is consistent with APA Div. 40 and Houston Conference guidelines and meets eligibility requirements for board certification with ABPP/ABCN. The fellowship is an APPCN member program and will be participating in the match (Adult #8781 and Cross-Cultural #8782).

The program prepares our fellows to function as independent scientist-clinicians and provides an advanced comprehensive training opportunity for fellows to gain competence in adult neuropsychological assessment, feedback sessions, and multi-disciplinary team consultations.

Baylor is located in the middle of the world's largest medical center, is part owner of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, part of the CHI St. Luke's Health System, and has hospital affiliations with: Harris Health System, Texas Children's Hospital, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Health Sciences Center, Memorial Hermann - The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, Menninger Clinic, the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Children's Hospital of San Antonio. Houston was voted the No. 1 spot on Forbes’ list of “America’s Coolest Cities to Live.” The city enjoys attractions like the Johnson Space Center, Museum District, major sports arenas, and other numerous entertainment venues. There are 160 miles of dedicated bikeways and there is easy access to a number of local parks and recreation areas.

The Department of Neurology at Baylor provides personalized care for patients with neurological disease, trains medical students and residents in clinical care and research, and conducts research to advance the art and science of neurology to provide meaningful new therapies for our patients.

The Neuropsychology Sections includes fellowship directors Michele York, Ph.D., ABPP/CN and Adriana Strutt, Ph.D., ABPP/CN, and supervising faculty, Stephen McCauley, Ph.D., and Jennifer Stinson, Ph.D.

Clinical Opportunities

Neuropsychology fellows have the opportunity to evaluate a variety of patients with neurological and neurosurgical conditions. Fellows in clinical neuropsychology are involved in direct patient care in an outpatient academic setting with referrals from the Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders Center, the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center, General Neurology, the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association Clinic, the Maxine Mesinger Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, the Epilepsy clinic, the Neurocritical Care Section, Primary Care/Family Medicine, Psychiatry, and numerous community Neurology practices. Responsibilities include clinical assessment and consultation, feedback sessions, participation in multi-disciplinary team meetings for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy surgery, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, as well as ongoing research. Neuropsychology fellows will observe DBS and epilepsy surgeries, and will participate in stimulation mapping and corticography as part of their multi-disciplinary training.

Strengths of the fellowship program include the opportunity to work with a highly diverse patient population. Neuropsychology fellows attend minor rotations once a week in other settings in the Texas Medical Center that provide neuropsychological services based on the interests of the fellow and site availability. Rotations previously selected include The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Health Sciences Center, The Institute for Research and Rehabilitation, and Texas Children’s Hospital.

Spanish/Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology. This specialty training program will provide the fellow with the opportunity to learn new assessment batteries and techniques, better understand the influence of sociodemographic variables on westernized neuropsychological practices, and assess monolingual and bilingual Spanish-speakers and non-English/Spanish speaking minorities with a myriad of neurological and psychiatric conditions. The fellow will have the opportunity to become a certified medical Spanish interpreter. Educational opportunities include observerships at other Spanish/Cross-Cultural programs in addition to the educational and research opportunities presented below. Spanish proficiency is required for this position and coursework or experience in the neuropsychological assessment of Spanish speakers is preferred. 

Educational Opportunities: Fellows participate in a wide array of medical center didactics including Neurology and Psychiatry Grand Rounds, weekly Baylor Neuropsychology Seminars, and monthly cross-cultural neuropsychology didactics (Taquitos de Sesos). Fellows also have the opportunity to enroll in a functional neuroanatomy course through Baylor. Participation in the neuroanatomy course provides the fellow with comprehensive, in-depth training in neuroanatomy through participation in wet lab dissection, as well as a regular lecture series with case examples of neurological syndromes. Fellows are encouraged to observe DBS lead implantation and epilepsy and tumor resection surgeries.

Research Opportunities: Fellows will also participate in research and may either collaborate in ongoing research programs (e.g., cross-cultural, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, DBS, rehabilitation) or pursue independent research in an area of their specific interests. There are also opportunities for program development, for those who are interested.

Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.

Stipend and Benefits

The program will follow the NIH 2019 fellow stipend schedule. Fellows are appointed through Baylor College of Medicine and enjoy comprehensive benefits as Baylor College of Medicine postdoctoral fellows, including personal and dependent health insurance, dental and vision benefits, disability and life insurance. Fellows receive 14 days of vacation per academic year. Remaining vacation leave from the first year of fellowship does not carry over to the second fellowship year. Fellows also receive one day of floating time off per quarter. Fellows are entitled to 14 days of paid sick leave each academic year. Sick days are credited at the beginning of each academic year and are available for use when sick throughout the academic year.