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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology

We are currently recruiting for one position to start Sept. 1, 2014. We are participating in the 2014 APPCN match. The training program will be as described below. We will interview on-site in Houston and at the February 2014 INS meeting in Seattle. The application deadline is Jan. 10, 2014.

Introduction

Our postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology is a consortium of Baylor College of Medicine, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, and The University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

Primary clinical and research activities are conducted at TIRR, a hospital in Houston, Texas that specializes in rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury, stroke, and spinal cord injury. TIRR operates one of the nation's largest and most comprehensive brain injury rehabilitation programs, comprising an inpatient unit (TIRR Hospital) and day treatment program (Challenge Program). TIRR has consistently been rated in the top ten rehabilitation hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. In addition to activities at TIRR, fellows rotate part-time at other facilities in the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest medical center with two medical schools, several teaching hospitals, and a regional medical library.

The fellowship is administered through the BCM/UTHMS Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Alliance. TIRR provides the financial support for the fellowship. The fellow's formal appointment is as a post-doctoral fellow in the Baylor Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Training Program

Our fellowship belongs to the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology and complies with the Houston Conference guidelines for postdoctoral training in clinical neuropsychology. Following these guidelines, our fellowship is a two-year full-time training period that consists of clinical and research experiences and coursework/didactics.

Clinical Training: Each week of the fellowship is divided into four days at the major rotation and one day at a minor rotation. There are two major rotations, one per year of the fellowship. One major rotation is in the inpatient brain injury unit at TIRR Hospital and the other is at the TIRR brain injury day treatment program.

  • Year 1 major rotations: During the first year of the fellowship, the major rotation is at the rehabilitation hospital (TIRR). The hospital supervisors are Drs. Amble, Boake, Burton, Caroselli, Lemaire, Silver, and Struchen. Patient populations are adults with TBI, Stroke, and Anoxic Brain Injury, and adolescents with TBI. Clinical activities are neuropsychological assessment, family and team consultation, and behavior management. Clinical work is with inpatients and one outpatient evaluation per week.
  • Year 1 and 2 minor rotations: During both years, fellows participate in minor rotations selected from the table below, each lasting up to a few months with a time commitment of one day per week. The goal of the minor rotations is to provide clinical training in the most common patient populations. The minor rotation is suspended during the neuroscience course that fellows attend at Baylor College of Medicine.
  • Year 2 major rotations: The second-year major rotation is at the day treatment program (Challenge Program). The day program supervisors are Drs. Gibbs, McGee, and Pundlik. Patient populations are adolescents and adults with acquired brain injury (e.g. TBI, stroke, tumor, anoxia). Clinical activities are neuropsychological assessment, case management, family and team consultation, and individual, group, and family psychotherapy. All clinical work is with outpatients.

Descriptions of Minor Rotations

Name

Supervisors

Population

Clinical activity

Didactics

Dept. of Neuro-oncology, University of Texas-M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Kayl
Rexer
Wefel
Witgert

Adult inpts & outpts with brain tumors or brain dysfunction 2° cancer treatment

Assessment & consultation in cancer hospital

Tumor board, Brain Tumor Center research seminar, grand rounds

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Memorial Hermann Hospital

Breier

Adult inpts & outpts with epilepsy

Assessment pre- & post-epilepsy surgery

Epilepsy case conference; grand rounds

Baylor Department of Neurology

Bradshaw

Adult outpts with Alzheimer's & other neurodegenerative diseases

Assessment for diagnosis & follow-up

Grand rounds, behavioral neurology conference, neuropathology conference, chairman's teaching conference

Blue BirdCircle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology, Texas Children's Hospital

Chapieski
Evankovich

Pediatric outpts with epilepsy, Tourette’s & other neurologic disorders

Assessment for diagnosis & recommendations for educational and behavioral interventions

Pediatric neurology grand rounds, neuropathology rounds

Dept. of Pediatrics, Univ. of Texas-Houston Medical School

Ewing-Cobbs

Pediatric outpts with learning disability, ADD, TBI, etc.

Assessment for diagnosis & recommendations for educational and behavioral interventions

None

Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, Baylor College of Medicine

Levin

Research with children & adults with TBI

Assist with ongoing research

Grand rounds


Course work and Didactics: The fellow will take the medical school course series in Neuroscience at BCM. Since this is a major time commitment of 4-10 hours per week for five months, the minor rotation is suspended during the course. In addition, there is a weekly didactic presentation by neuropsychology fellowship faculty. The fellow can also attend didactic training experiences such as departmental rounds, neuroradiology rounds, research seminars, and tumor boards (see table).

Research: Fellows may participate in ongoing research projects through the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab and TIRR Brain Injury Research Center, or with individual faculty. By the end of training, fellows should have submitted at least one paper for presentation at a national conference and/or publication.

Application

Applicants should be completing (or have completed) a doctoral degree in clinical, counseling, or school psychology (APA/CPA-approved) and an APA/CPA-approved internship. All degree requirements must be completed before the start date. The application must include letter of interest, cv, sample report, 3 letters of recommendation, and graduate transcript. Letters and transcript can be emailed directly. Except for applicants who already have the doctoral degree, a doctoral training verification form (see APPCN website) signed by the applicant’s Director of Clinical Training or dissertation chair must be submitted with the application.

Application materials should be emailed to corwin.boake@uth.tmc.edu or veronica.burton@memorialhermann.org.

If necessary to use paper mail, please address to:
Dr. Corwin Boake
TIRR
1333 Moursund
Houston, Texas 77030-3405

Phone: (713) 799-6990
Fax: (713) 799-7049

As a member of APPCN, our program participates in the annual neuropsychology postdoctoral match through National Matching Services. Applicants must register with NMS to participate in the match. We will post our match program code when available.

Benefits

The annual stipend is currently $38,000 for the first year and $40,000 for the second year. Benefits are provided through Baylor College of Medicine. These include vacation, holidays, educational release time, health care coverage, professional liability coverage, and parking. All benefit days including vacation days do not carry over after each year.

Faculty

Major Rotation Supervisors:

  • Teona C. Amble, Ph.D., Clinical psychologist, TIRR Hospital. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Corwin Boake, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, Neuropsychologist, TIRR Hospital; Director of Neuropsychology Fellowship; Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Univ. of Texas-Houston Medical School
  • Veronica Lozano Burton, Ph.D., ABPP-CN. Neuropsychologist, TIRR Hospital; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jerome S. Caroselli, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, Neuropsychologist, TIRR Hospital; Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Houston
  • M. Cullen Gibbs, Ph.D. Neuropsychologist, TIRR Challenge Program, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Ashley W. LeMaire, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist, TIRR Hospital, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Joanne McGee, Ph.D. Neuropsychologist, TIRR Challenge Program, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jyoti Pundlik, Ph.D., Neuropsychologist, TIRR Challenge Program, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Mark Sherer, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, Director of Research and Neuropsychology, TIRR Hospital; Clinical Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Bernard V. Silver, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, TIRR Hospital; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Margaret A. Struchen, Ph.D.; Neuropsychology manager, TIRR hospital; Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine

Minor Rotation Supervisors:

  • Michele K. York, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Joshua I. Breier, Ph.D., Professor, Center for Clinical Neuroscience, Univ. of Texas-Houston Medical School; Neuropsychologist, Texas Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Memorial Hermann Hospital
  • Lynn Chapieski, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine; Neuropsychologist, Bluebird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology, Methodist Hospital
  • Karen D. Evankovich, Ph.D., Instructor, Dept. of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine; Neuropsychologist, Bluebird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neurology, Methodist Hospital
  • Linda Ewing-Cobbs, Ph.D., Professor, Division of Developmental Pediatrics, Dept. of Pediatrics, Univ. of Texas-Houston Medical School
  • Harvey S. Levin, Ph.D., ABPP-CN., Professor and Director of Research, Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Jennie L. Rexer, Ph.D., Ph.D., ABPP-CN
  • Jeffrey S. Wefel, Ph.D., ABPP-CN, Assistant Professor and Chief Ad Interim of Section of Neuropsychology, Department of Neuro-Oncology
  • Mariana E. Bradshaw, Ph.D, ABPP-CN, Assistant Professor, Department of Neuro-Oncology

Other Faculty:

  • H. Julia Hannay, Ph.D., Professor, Director of Clinical Neuropsychology Training, Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Houston; Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine. (educational consultant to fellowship)
  • Angelle M. Sander, Ph.D., Director of Research, TIRR Brain Injury Research Center; Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine

Contact Information:

Corwin Boake, Ph.D.
TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research)
1333 Moursund
Houston, Texas 77030-3405
713-797-5913 phone
713-797-7049 fax
E-mail Corwin.Boake@uth.tmc.edu

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