About the Program
Our structured two-year postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology is a collaboration between TIRR Memorial Hermann and Baylor College of Medicine. The fellow’s formal appointment is as a postdoctoral fellow within the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. A majority of the clinical and research activities will take place at TIRR’s inpatient and outpatient programs, located within the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Thanks to close partnerships among postdoctoral neuropsychology training programs in Houston, additional specialty rotations at other institutions are available and encouraged in order to provide well-rounded training suited to careers within a variety of practice settings.
During their training, fellows complete four major six-month rotations and three minor six-month rotations, as well as an applied neuroscience/neuroanatomy course through Baylor College of Medicine.
TIRR Memorial Hermann operates as one of the nation’s largest (134-bed) rehabilitation hospitals and consistently ranks as one of the nation’s top rehabilitation hospitals in the U.S. News and World Report Survey. The hospital’s comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and vocational services are accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. TIRR Memorial Hermann is also designated as a Traumatic Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Models Systems site and is home to the Brain Injury Research Center. The majority of patients range in age from 16 to 80 and present with a wide variety of acquired brain injury (ABI) and spinal cord injury concerns (SCI), with additional emphases on specialty rehabilitation (MS, brain tumors, orthopedic and limb loss, international patients). The fellow will have the opportunity to receive advanced assessment, intervention and multidisciplinary consultation training within TIRR’s core acute inpatient rehabilitation programs, including stroke, brain injury, disorders of consciousness, spinal cord injury, and specialty rehabilitation.
Another major training setting includes the TIRR Challenge, a day treatment program providing comprehensive rehabilitation and community reintegration services to individuals with brain injury. The Challenge clinic is located near the Texas Medical Center and the team is comprised of four neuropsychologists, including one faculty member with a pediatric focus. Neuropsychology’s role within the Challenge Program is varied and includes multidisciplinary team consultation, individual services (psychoeducation, assessment and cognitive rehabilitation), as well as facilitation of treatment and psychoeducational groups.
Finally, the fellow will complete a major training experience dedicated to the provision of comprehensive outpatient adult neuropsychological evaluations under close supervision by our outpatient providers. These evaluations are typically conducted within the TIRR Memorial Hermann outpatient clinic in TMC and in the cancer and limb loss specialty rehabilitation outpatient clinic at West University. In addition, Memorial Hermann comprises a large hospital system with several TIRR locations and numerous outpatient clinics in the greater metropolitan Houston area. As such, additional supervised opportunities are available to the interested fellow in order to obtain specialized experiences working with Spanish-speaking patients, pediatric populations, and patients with chronic pain and headache, among others. TIRR outpatient referrals are received from the Memorial Hermann and Baylor PM&R physicians, as well as from neurology, neurosurgery, the Heart and Vascular Institute, psychiatry, sleep medicine and oncology/neuro-oncology providers.
Minor rotations are selected among a range of excellent clinical experiences within the TIRR Memorial Hermann and Baylor College of Medicine systems, as well as from leading specialty treatment centers at additional facilities within TMC. Options include Baylor’s outpatient neurology clinic, The University of Texas Health’s (UTHealth) specialty epilepsy and pre-surgical clinic, Texas Children’s Hospital, and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Fellows can also participate in the provision of individual or group psychotherapy and psychoeducation services through TIRR’s outpatient pain and insomnia treatment clinics.
We will be recruiting for one two-year fellowship position to begin Sept. 3, 2019.